A Silaynon’s Story

Do you want to know the way to Silay City? Its history? Its culture? Its arts?

These are but some of the questions nagging my mind since I was here. June 6, afternoon, Mr. Ver Pacete discussed something not only about Silay City but also the entire Negros Occidental.

History Of Silay City


  • carobcob (Spn. scratch)
  • Kansilay (18th century)

Early Inhabitants

  • Negritoes/ Ati (1565) – lived in mountain areas
  • Indonesians (from Indonesia) – lived in villages
  • Malays (from Borneo, led by Datu Puti)

Spanish Era

  • declared as a town (late 18th century)
  • declared as the center of the parish (late 18th century)
  • sugarcane industry was introduced by Yves Leopold Germain y Gaston (1896)
  • Papa Dionisio Seguela ( a babaylan) led a revolution against landlords and Spaniards
  • Cinco de Noviembre revolution started, Filipinos led by the Ilustrados win a bloodless revolution (1898)

American Era

  • war broke out between Americans and Filipinos (1899, Feb.)
  • Negros welcomed the Americans (1899, July)
  • Melecio Severino was elected First civil governor (1899, Oct.)

Japanese Era

  • Japanese Imperial Army landed in Negros (1942, May)
  • American planes bombed Negros (1944, Sept.)
  • Allied forces landed in Negros (1945, March)
  • Japanese Imperial Army retreated to Patag in Silay (1945, March)
  • Lt. Gen. Takaishi Kono officially surrendered (1945, Aug.)

City Formation

  • Silay turned into city by R.A. 1621

Arts and Culture of Silay City

Silaynons have their own share in the field of arts and culture. According to Mr. Pacete, Silaynons are/has:

  • calm and have a positive oulook in life
  • very hardworking
  • believers of supernatural creatures
  • Catholics
  • active in parties and other social gatherings
  • born artists in every aspect
  • a lifestyle closely related with their occupation (sugarcane planting)
  • rich literature of the Hiligaynon language

Little by little, I was educated by these facts. Bit by bit I can conclude that…the more I look back; the more I can understand what today is all about, the more I take care of the future.





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