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Sipalay history can be traced back to the undated time of early settlements of the native 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 paray and by the Chinese, due to the difficulty of pronouncing r, 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. On November 20, 1948, then 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 after the ratification of Republic Act No. 9027.
Sipalay's distance from Bacolod 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.
Sipalay City is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.
Major languages are Hiligaynon, followed by Cebuano with English and Tagalog being used as second languages.
Airline company Air Juan offers services from Cebu, Iloilo and Puerto Princesa via the Sipalay Airport.
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,Template:By whom foreign and local tourists flock its beaches the whole year round for not only for swimming but for diving as well.
Places of interest
- Tinagong Dagat
- Campoquino Bay
- Campomanes Bay
- Punta Ballo Beach
- Punta Ballo Parrot Farm
- Sugar Beach
- Poblacion Beach
- Sipalay Food Park
- Perth Paradise Resort
- Nataasan Beach Resort and Dive Center
- Big BamBoo Beach Resort
- ↑ Sipalay City Tourism Pamphlet
- ↑ "Sipalay Travel Guide: Exploring the Jewels of Negros | Freedom Wall", Freedom Wall, 2016-09-17. (in en-US)
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