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.
|Municipality of Binalbagan|
Binalbagan Municipal Hall
The True Heart of Negros
Map of Negros Occidental with Binalbagan highlighted
|Coordinates: 10°12′N 122°52′E|
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|District||5th district of Negros Occidental|
|Founded||May 15, 1572|
|Barangays||16 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Alejandro "Bebot" Y. Mirasol|
|• Vice Mayor||Sammuel A. Gavaran|
|• Congressman||Maria Lourdes A. Lesaca|
|• Electorate||43,656 voters (2019)|
|• Total||189.96 km2 (73.34 sq mi)|
|• Density||350/km2 (920/sq mi)|
|• Income class||1st municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||21.65% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||175,997,509.72 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)34|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
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 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.
- San Pedro
- Santo Rosario
|Population census of Binalbagan|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
- Jose Miguel Tuason Arroyo (first gentleman of former Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo)
- Ignacio "Iggy" Tuason Arroyo, Jr. (member of the Philippine House of Representatives)
- Augurio Abeto (dubbed as the "King of Hiligaynon Poetry")
- Ian Clark Bautista (Southeast Asian Games Boxing Gold Medalist)
- Rico Amancio (Masterchef Asia Contestant)
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