The primary settlers in Talisay were the Negritos who came from the north mountain ranges of Negros. By 1788, families of Malay descent settled in the pristine part of Negros Island and named it as Minuluan. Sugar plantations progressed in the place and lots of traders and buyers came to buy the products that the place is proud of – sugar. Haciendas were also created where large hectares of sugarcanes were planted.
Population/ Language/ Area
The people, which are consist of 97,571 (2010 population census) speaks Hiligaynon as their native language.
Talisay City has a total land area of 20,118 hectares or 201.18 sq. km. Among its 27 barangays, Brgy. San Fernando is the biggest barangay with its total land area of 4,240 hectares. The smallest barangays are Brgy. Zone 8 and Brgy. Zone 9 having total land area of only 3 hectares.
The topography of the City ranges from generally flat terrain to moderately sloping with mountainous areas located at Brgy. Katilingban, Brgy. San Fernando and Brgy. Cabatangan.
The soil in the City is primarily composed of fine sandy loam with a small portion of Guimbala-on clay.
There are two pronounced seasons in the City: wet season from June to December and dry season from January to May.
The city offers opportunities in food processing especially sugar-based foods, meat and fish processing. The manufacture of furniture, clothing and fashion accessories, jewelry, personal care and other consumer goods are encouraged. The establishment of commercial complexes and tourist facilities are welcomed in this city.
- The Ruins or “Don mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion” – this is one of the latest attractions if the city. This is actually an old mansion standing in thr middle of sugarcane plantations, debut and other parties are normally held here due to the romantic and relaxing ambiance of the place.
- Nature’s Village Resort – is located along the Talisay National Highway. This is a rustic, country-style resort complete with restaurants, swimming pools, tennis court, driving range, function rooms and hotel facilities. A children’s park, complete with bike tracks, horse back ridding, and a playground, also include their amenities. it is an ideal home-away-from-home setting with resort features.
- Campuestuhan – located at 21.9 kilometers away from the city proper in Barangay Cabatangan. This place has a breathtaking view of the cities of Talisay, Bacolod and Silay. This forest reserve is a home to many rare and endangered forest species. An exciting cable car ride takes you across the ravine and three-hour trek will take you to the mysterious Tinagong Dagat, a hidden lake rich with lore and history.
- Henares Garden and Resort – the resort has a spring swimming pool, and it promotes vermiculture and grows fresh vegetables, black pepper, and different varieties of herbs and tropical plants.
Festivals and Celebrations
- Minuluan Festival – this is an annual culture and arts festival celebrating the unique identity of the Talisaynons. Held every September 4-10, it inspires the present generation with the cherished traditions and rich culture of the past and the bravery of its ancestors especially. The festival is also celebrating the feast of its patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino which falls on the 10th of September.
- Pasidungog Festival – is the Charter Day, thanksgiving festival of the city celebrated every 11th of February. It is a three-day festival which showcases the artistry and skills of the Talisaynons. Competitions in vocal solo, composo, cheer and dance, folk and pop dance, drum and bugle corps, platoon drill, chorale and sports are some of the events. The Pasidungog Queen Pageant, a beauty talent search highlights the festivities.