Binalbagan, officially the Municipality of Binalbagan (Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Binalbagan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Binalbagan), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 67,270 people.[3]

Municipality of Binalbagan
Binalbagan Municipal Hall
The True Heart of Negros
Map of Negros Occidental with Binalbagan highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°12′N 122°52′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District5th district of Negros Occidental
FoundedMay 15, 1572
Barangays16 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorAlejandro "Bebot" Y. Mirasol
  Vice MayorSammuel A. Gavaran
  CongressmanMaria Lourdes A. Lesaca
  Electorate43,656 voters (2019)
  Total189.96 km2 (73.34 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density350/km2 (920/sq mi)
  Income class1st municipal income class
  Poverty incidence21.65% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)175,997,509.72 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

Major economic activities include manufacturing, agriculture, services, cottage industries and tourism. Binalbagan is also known for the Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company (BISCOM).

Binalbagan became a town on May 15, 1572[5] and was one of the first two settlements of Negros Occidental (the second being the municipality of Ilog). On the record, Binalbagan is the oldest town in the whole Negros Island, thereby earning the title, “Banwang Panganay” or oldest town.

The municipality celebrates an annual fiesta called "The Balbagan Festival" every month of May.


Binalbagan is politically subdivided into 16 barangays: thirteen (13) rural barangays and three (3) urban barangays.[6]

Urban Barangays

  • Pagla-um
  • San Pedro
  • Santo Rosario

Rural Barangays

  • Amontay
  • Bagroy
  • Bi-ao
  • Canmoros
  • Enclaro
  • Marina
  • Payao (formerly Soledad)[7]
  • Progreso
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • San Teodoro
  • San Vicente
  • Santol
  • Remedios


Population census of Binalbagan
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 10,599    
1918 8,966−1.11%
1939 18,112+3.40%
1948 19,748+0.97%
1960 31,160+3.87%
1970 36,765+1.67%
1975 43,968+3.65%
1980 49,428+2.37%
1990 52,073+0.52%
1995 54,664+0.91%
2000 58,280+1.38%
2007 64,747+1.46%
2010 65,431+0.38%
2015 67,270+0.53%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]

The people in the city speak the Hiligaynon language (often called Ilonggo). Filipino and English are generally understood.



Notable people


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  2. "Province:". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. "The Official Website of Binalbagan". Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Soledad in the Municipality of Binalbagan, Province of Negros Occidental, to Barrio Payao". Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  8. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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