Talisay city is one f the six cities in Metropolitan Cebu. It is a second class city in Cebu province. This city in Metro Cebu has approximately 200,000 people in population. Talisay is known for its “inasal baby”, roasted pig in English, popularly known as Lechon in the whole Philippines.
Talisay got its name from the word “Magtalisay” which is a name of a tree that is abundant around the area.
Talisay was first found as a state in 1648 under the Augustinians. It was converted into a municipality in 1849 with Silve3rio Fernandez and the first governor and Pedro Labuca as the first captain. In 2000, Talisay was converted from municipality to a city.
Talisay city consists of 22 barangays as follows:
· Camp IV
· Lawaan I
· Lawaan II
· Lawaan III
· San Isidro
· San Roque
Aside from the usual high way, Talisay city is connected to Cebu City through the South Road Properties that was opened on 2004. It was once popular for housing during the early 70’s and 80’s but due to heavy traffic it stopped. Through the South Road Properties project, the traffic greatly reduced and the inhabitants’ commuting problem was finally solved.
Most of Talisay city’s business transactions takes place in Tabunok, an area where several public markets, commercial and strip malls are located. Its biggest mall is Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall – Tabunok, commonly known by locals as Gaisano Tabunok or G-tabs. Despite the existence of the mall, locals still depend on the public markets and sari sari stores for their needs. Talisay city is also the commercial area for municipalities at the south, receiving the name as the “south gateway” to Cebu City.
Like every place in the Philippines, even in the world for that matter, Talisay City has its fair share of heritage sights. It has the Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish Church, American Landing Monument, Pill Box, Heroes Monument, Talisay DepEd museum and Tres Aliños Monument.
Some great attractions in Talisay city are Aqua Cainta, Villa Teresita, Sealights, The Igutan Cave, Lagundi Reef, Talisay City Butterfly Park, Talisay Liberation Park, and Crocolandia. If you happen to get in Talisay, it wouldn’t hurt to check these attractions out.
Festivals include Talisay Charter Day – January 12, American Landing Anniversary – March 26 (re-enactment from the Armed Forces and veterans of the war are showcased in honor for the American and Filipino soldiers who fought for the province of Cebu), Founding Day – August 2nd week (self-explanatory, week-long cultural sports and other events happen on this festival), Fiesta sa Talisay and Halad kang Santa Teresa – October 15 (this is celebrated in honor of St. Sta Teresa de Avila), and Inasal Festival – October 15 as well (lechon inasal, the city’s famous specialty, is served in every resident’s dinner.
Talisay City is the south gateway and the commercial area for the municipalities of the south. It may be a second class city but it has a lot more to offer, especially in the housing and real estate sector.