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Component City
City of Sipalay
Top view image of Sipalay resorts
Top view image of Sipalay resorts
Official seal of Sipalay
Nickname(s): "The Jewel of the Sugar Island"
Motto: "Ugyon Sipalaynon"
Map of Negros Occidental with Sipalay highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Sipalay highlighted
Sipalay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°45′N 122°24′E / 9.750°N 122.400°E / 9.750; 122.400Coordinates: 09°45′N 122°24′E / 9.750°N 122.400°E / 9.750; 122.400
Country  Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR)
Province Negros Occidental
Congr. District 6th District of Negros Occidental
Cityhood March 31, 2001
Barangays 17
 • Mayor Oscar C. Montilla Jr.
 • Vice Mayor Ma. Gina M. Lizares
 • Total 379.78 km2 (146.63 sq mi)
Population (2013)[2]
 • Total 69,096
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6113
Dialing code 034
Income class 4th class city; partially urban
Tourism Information Center: New Government Center, Upper Ground Floor, Right Wing, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental 6113, Philippines[3]

Sipalay, officially the City of Sipalay and often referred to as Sipalay City, is a fourth class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2013 census, it has a population of 69,096 people.


Sipalay history can be traced back to the undated time of early settlements of the natives Tumandok who discovered the lowland plains very fertile, arable and fully vegetated by trees. the areas was well dissected by river tributaries which accounted for the fertility of the lowland.

During the Spanish era, the area was further discovered and developed by sailing adventurers from the neighboring island of Panay, being the group who resented the Kintos System enacted by the ruling Spaniards by then.

Growth and development flourished as Chinese merchants came to barter their wares with staple food, particularly rice, which was commonly called by the settlers as para and by the Chinese, due to the difficulty of pronouncing y, as palay which was the word to have been popularly associated with the place. Thus the area came to be known as Sipalay.

At the advent of the American regime, Sipalay was a full pledge barrio of the Municipality of Cauayan. In the early 1920s the political structure was already in place.

During the World War II, Sipalay was made an emergency town and after the war, late President Elpidio Quirino signed Executive Order No. 185 proclaiming Sipalay as a town. the official inauguration of the town was on December 20, 1948. the conversion of Sipalay into a component city of the Province of Negros Occidental followed in 2011.[4]


The city is known for its tourist destinations. An example of it is the now-defunct Maricalum Mining Corporation which happens to be one of the largest mining companies in the country. It now has a park dedicated for viewing the whole mine from atop.

It also boasts beautiful pristine beaches being a seaside city. Dubbed as the New Boracay, foreign and local tourists flock its beaches the whole year round for not only for swimming but for diving as well.


Major dialects are Hiligaynon and Cebuano with English and Filipino being the common languages used in business transactions.


An aerial view image of a beach resort in Sipalay also showing an infinity pool.

Sipalay City is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[1]

  • Barangay 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 5 (Pob.)
  • Cabadiangan
  • Camindangan
  • Canturay
  • Cartagena
  • Cayhagan
  • Gil Montilla
  • Mambaroto
  • Manlucahoc
  • Maricalum
  • Nabulao
  • Nauhang
  • San Jose


Population census of Sipalay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 61,892 —    
1995 63,960 +0.62%
2000 62,063 −0.64%
2007 67,211 +1.11%
2010 67,403 +0.10%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][5]

How to Get There[edit]

Sipalay's distance from Bacolod City is 175 kilometers, almost a four-hour drive by public utility vehicle and over three hours by private car. Public utility vehicles plying the southern Negros route pass by this city. Those coming from Negros Oriental can either exit through Kabankalan City via Mabinay or through Dumaguete City via Hinoba-an.


  1. ^ a b "Province: Negros Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Sipalay City Tourism Pamphlet
  4. ^ Sipalay City Tourism Pamphlet
  5. ^ "Province of Negros Occidental". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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