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Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Component City
City of Sipalay
Sipalay beach
Sipalay beach
Official seal of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
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
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 (2015)[2]
 • Total 70,070
 • Density 180/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6113
IDD:area 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 (Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Sipalay; Filipino: Lungsod ng Sipalay) or simply referred to as Sipalay City, is a fourth income class component city in the province of Negros Occidental in Negros Island Region, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 70,070 inhabitants.


Top view image of Sipalay resorts

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 2001.[3]


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.

Things to do in Sipalay[4][edit]

  • Tinagong Dagat
  • Campoquino Bay
  • Punta Ballo Beach
  • Punta Ballo Parrot Farm
  • Sugar Beach
  • Poblacion Beach
  • Sipalay Food Park
  • Perth Paradise Resort Infinity Pool


Major languages are Hiligaynon, followed by Cebuano with English and Filipino being used as second languages.


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.
1960 20,325 —    
1970 34,771 +5.51%
1975 45,773 +5.67%
1980 51,264 +2.29%
1990 61,892 +1.90%
1995 63,960 +0.62%
2000 62,063 −0.64%
2007 67,211 +1.11%
2010 67,403 +0.10%
2015 70,070 +0.74%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[2][5][6][7]


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 Census of Population (2015). "Negros Island Region (NIR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Sipalay City Tourism Pamphlet
  4. ^ "Sipalay Travel Guide: Exploring the Jewels of Negros | Freedom Wall". Freedom Wall. 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Province of Negros Occidental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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