Distance from Bacolod: 178.4 kilometers
Land Area: 42,770 hectares
Classification: 3rd Class
No. of Barangays: 17 Barangays
Population: 62,063 (May 1, 2000) – 65,650 (2006 Projection)
Language: Hiligaynon/Ilonggo/Cebuano/English is spoken and understood
Formerly a barrio of Cauayan, Sipalay had the distinction of having been used as a garrison for Spanish soldiers guarding the southern corridor of Negros Island. Original immigrants of the place came from the island of Panay, the town being just across a short sea span from what is now Iloilo. When the new settlers arrived, they drove away the natives to the mountains. No roads existed during the time, and trading was easier with Iloilo and Panay through sailboats. When the Americans came development was introduced with the putting up of schools and roads. Literacy among residents was improved.
Sipalay became a lookout point when the Japanese occupied the country, with the town being used as an outpost by the guerillas. It was also in Sipalay, in Campomanes or Maricalum Bay, where the first American submarine landed to deliver arms and supplies for the forces commanded by airman-hero Col. Jesus Villamor.
The staging of the final fight with the Japanese jumped from this point when sufficient supplies shipped from Australia arrived.
How to Get There
Sipalay is almost four hours drive south of Bacolod City by public utility vehicle and over three hours by private car. Public utility vehicles plying the southern Negros route pass by this city. All roads leading to this southernmost city are fully asphalted.
Tinagong Dagat is a hidden sea surrounded by islets and green hills. Underneath are corals naturally-formed like fish cages. It is accessible during dry season.
Philex Gold Mines in Brgy. Nabulao is one of the special destination ideal for industrial tours. It is 15 kilometers away from the national highway. It has a training center and a condominium.
Maricalum Mines was once a thriving mining community with complete facilities like hospital, wet-market, a school and an airstrip until it was shutdown. It has an open pit that looks like a big lagoon. The place is accessible all year round and is only two kilometers away from the national highway.
Campomanes Bay is a favorite dive site for safari divers with its beautiful coral gardens and sunken warships. It has an enticing pristine waters and white sand beach.
Sugar Beach formerly called Langub Beach is a long stretch of sugary light brown sand with pristine blue waters. There are high quality standard resorts in this fine stretch of sand. They are the Taka Tuka Beach and Diving Resort, Bermuda Beach Resort, Driftwood Village Resort, Sulu Sunset Resort and Langub Beach Resort.
Sugar Beach is a 20-minute boat ride from the town proper.
Punta Ballo Beach is found on the other side of the Sugar Beach. This place boasts of first class diving resorts like Artistic Diving and Beach Resort and Easy Diving Resort. Nataasan Beach Front is also found in this side. This area is blessed with white sand and cool blue waters.
Pasaway Festival. Sipalay City has been the copper belt of southern Philippines for more than five decades. The first industrial mining of copper transformed Sipalay into a booming town and eventually into a city. Pasaway Festival is a copper worship celebrated every March 31. Participants depict the tribes in ethnic costumes with copper ornaments dancing to the beat of Pasaway music.