SIPALAY City Captured My Heart

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Of more than 140 cities in the Philippines, I’ve never taken notice of Sipalay City. Probably because it’s truly not known in the country or perhaps in the Visayas region alone.

It was only by the time I moved to Negros island that this city ring a bell to me. It brought to my mind as my curiosity arises. I searched online all about the city, but during that time (year 2013), information was limited, I couldn’t get more details.  Nevertheless, I pursued to travel to the place.

This four-hour ride from the bustling city of Dumaguete is quite intriguing. Intriguing in the sense that, it’s not a typical city that I experienced, the limited online information pushed me through as what should I be expecting.

When I first arrived in this city, I came to notice that there is no more than 5-floor building surrounding in the proper area, instead, I only saw a couple of offices, an about 3-story malls and stores set side by side. My thoughts ran through while walking around that I must be in the wrong city. But I stand corrected, it was indeed Sipalay City.

I consider the place as the “hidden place” in Negros. The city itself, although starting to develop, yet needing some more establishment within the city limit (which to me means as more malls, banks, hospital, and important centers for a city)

One thing that I love in the center of the city is the well-organized-sophisticated public market, most especially the “market day” during every Monday of the week where locals from different areas gathered to sell what they could offer. By the time I explored, there were numerous and different kinds of fruits being sold.

I knew there was something interesting in this city. I reminded myself to never underestimate a place by just one site, instead, be curious all the time (WARNING! Although to me being curios is good, but sometimes it may kill inside of me, with this, instinct is my best weapon). I continued to tour and I’m truly glad I did, I interacted with the charming people and they’re so generous to give me information about the city. Fortunately, the tricycle drivers in the area were helping me too, I hired a tricycle to see the places they have suggested.

Sipalay City is truly a “hidden place” in the sense that it is in the southern most part of Negros. Aside from the long hour of travel (3 – 4 hours travel time) from the main hub Bacolod and Dumaguete Cities of Negros Island, the main area within Sipalay don’t have the same ambiance as this 2 big cities are.

But… Never underestimate for Sipalay is a city full of nature, a city that you shouldn’t miss visiting in Negros, here’s why I recommend the place:

  • They have stunning different colors of the sand beaches like white, brown, gray, glittering black sands all in one city sets just kilometers away from each other.

  • Diving to the shipwreck, Yes! They have shipwrecks. Divers should take notice of this.

  • Non-touristy areas, which means, not too crowded as people are scattered in different spots of this city. My kind of thing by the way.

  • The highway and its road will never be complete without the huge view of its rice, corn and sugarcane fields, its absolutely a “vitamins for the eyes”

  • The previous mining area is now a tourist spot for viewing purposes only. The mining has been stopped years ago. But one should also check the place for it covers one whole barangay or small village.

  • Abundant of crops and farming. Absolutely, a place to tour if you want a taste of local living.

  • Secluded Coves that have given an entire different feeling.

  • Scattered Islets, which for me is a perfect shot for a photograph and a quite-resting overlooking the beautiful view of these islets.

  • Various diving reefs in Punta Ballo. My experience for snorkeling was just unstoppable, I didn’t want to end.

  • The “Castle” Municipal office lies at the center of a field with full of green grass and rice field. For me, it’s one of the beautiful scenic views of a city hall in the Philippines that I have seen.

  • Castle Look City Hall of Sipalay City

    Castle Look City Hall of Sipalay City

  • The importance of fishing that helps mostly 25% of the total household ignite their income. This is visible at the side of the boulevard.

  • The more than 2 kilometers bay, where one can set their picnic, swim, interact with local fishermen who are also making their own “dried fish”.

It’s no question why this place has captured my heart, as a person who loves to be in the nature, my first visit to this friendly city never ends, after 3 months, I came to visit the place again until the time that I was assigned to work with a couple of guests to this beautiful city. True indeed, even those visitors wanted to come back and explore what this city has to offer.

How about you? What city that captured your heart?

Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines first before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at,

15 thoughts on “SIPALAY City Captured My Heart

  1. Wow! Those pictures are unreal. I hate to admit I had never heard of Sipalay City before but now it’s on my radar :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a sweet little! I was really surprised to see such beautiful beaches in a city that sounds mostly unknown to tourists. Looks like you had a lovely time. Would certainly consider this for when I make it to the Philippines.

  3. Philippines is such a beautiful country with so many beaches and islands, each more charming than the other. Sipalay looks so wonderful, unfortunately had not heard of it earlier, thanks for introducing to this lovely place.

  4. This sounds perfect for us; love nature and the great outdoors too! We’ve just settled into a base in Australia, so the Philippines is on our radar for one of our next holidays. Starting to try and research “hidden gems” instead of hitting up the regular crowded tourist islands and city’s. Thanks for the write up and photo tour!
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  5. This looks so beautiful! I had my first visit to The Philippines last year and I absolutely fell in love with it! I’ll have to add this to my list for my return visit. It sounds perfect for a nature-lover like me! Cheers!

  6. I was just there in the Philippines recently and visited Bohol, Palawan and Cebu. I’ve never heard of this place before but it looks like a cute little town you can visit for a day or two. Love the beaches! Thanks for sharing!

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