Sipalay City: Jewel of Negros Island
Sipalay City is located south of Negros Occidental. It can be reached by bus for approximately 4-5 hours and private vehicle for about 3-4 hours. The name Sipalay was coined from the words “si palay” which means there is rice. It was during the Spanish era where Chinese merchants came to barter their wares with staple food particularly rice which was commonly called by the settlers as “paray”. Due to the difficulty of pronouncing the letter “R”, it was the changed ti “palay” and later on called as SIPALAY.
The original natives of Sipalay were the “tumandoks “, perhaps with Malay or Bornean roots . Immigrants from Panay Island joined them later. These were families who ventured out to the sea to escape the oppressive Spanish feudal system and found a new home in the paradise that is today Sipalay.
Sugar beach, Sipalay
Sipalay is also known for its rich in Minerals specifically Copper and Gold. Agriculture and Fishing industries only come second. Now, Sipalay is in full thrust in promoting the City’s Tourism which can absolutely make a ripple effect to its community by increasing employment for every Sipalaynons.
PASAWAY SA SIPALAY FESTIVAL.Pasaway sa Sipalay was coined from the word “SAWAY” which means copper, is celebrated every 20th day of December marking the highlight of the Handuraw Festival. It features street dancing with costumes accentuated by copper and gold. Dancers dance along the street with upbeat music and perform in the arena for the final judging. This event shows how creative and talented Sipalaynons are.
Sipalay is also blessed with beautiful white sand beaches, dive sites and caves. It is a wonderful experience for THE HAPPY TRIPPERS to be able to have a glimpse of these hidden treasures of Negros Island. Thanks to Sipalay Tourism Office and The Provincial Tourism headed by Ms. Christine Mansenares and Miss Nancy Pestano. Now, I will give you a tour of Sipalay’s Famous beaches that will soon make its name in the global Market as one of the top Tourist Destinations in the Country.
This place is hidden, that’s why it is called as “Tinagong Dagat”. It is 5 minutes away from the City proper and motorcycle is the only means of transportation going there. This resort is truly a sight to behold. You’ll be awed by the islets covered with lush trees and its crystal clear water.
The bay is considered as one of the best beaches in Sipalay. Though not developed by private sector, still it boasts a clean and clear water with coral sand and also serves as an asylum to medium sized vessels during typhoon or bad weather. This place is under the management of Sipalay Tourism Office. One can visit the place upon permission from the Provincial or City Tourism.
More than a kilometer of white sand beach, Punta Ballo is the home of some well known beaches often visited by foreigners. It has a shallow, sandy and coralline bottom that stretches for 100 meters ideal for snorkeling.
some beaches at Punta Ballo which we visited are:
Its a beautiful experience to be in Sipalay. A year ender trip for the happy trippers. It was simply amazing and happy trip will continue to bring in more features this coming 2012.
Facts about Sipalay City:
- Distance from Bacolod: 175 kilometers
- Classification: 4th Class Component City
- Land Area: 44.270 hectares
- Number of Barangays: 17
- Language/Dialect: Hiligayon and Cebuano are widesly spoken. Filipino and English are also widely used in business transaction.