Hinigaran, officially the Municipality of Hinigaran, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 85,602 people.[3]

Municipality of Hinigaran
Welcome arch in Hinigiran
Map of Negros Occidental with Hinigaran highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°16′N 122°51′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District5th district of Negros Occidental
Barangays24 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorJose Nadie P. Arceo
  Vice MayorTeresita G. Gabrido
  CongressmanMaria Lourdes A. Lesaca
  Electorate53,437 voters (2019)
  Total154.92 km2 (59.81 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
  Income class1st municipal income class
  Poverty incidence16.58% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)196,015,291.33 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

It is about 54 kilometres (34 mi) south from Bacolod City.


Hinigaran is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

  • Anahaw
  • Aranda
  • Baga-as
  • Barangay I (Poblacion)
  • Barangay II (Poblacion)
  • Barangay III (Poblacion)
  • Barangay IV (Poblacion)
  • Bato
  • Calapi
  • Camalobalo
  • Camba-og
  • Cambugsa
  • Candumarao
  • Gargato
  • Himaya
  • Miranda
  • Nanunga
  • Narauis
  • Palayog
  • Paticui
  • Pilar
  • Quiwi
  • Tagda
  • Tuguis


The early inhabitants of this town were the semi-primitive people called "Mundos" and "Ambaks". When traders and settlers from Panay started moving in, the natives were driven to the mountains. The new settlers were called "Tagahigad" and when the Spaniards came the place was called "Ginigaran" from the word "higad" but it was later spelled and pronounced as Hinigaran.

The town was founded in 1765 and Captain Basilio Mongcal was appointed as the first president in 1806. Among its first settlers were the families of Mongcal, Lagtapon, Cosio,Sario, David, Orin, Pido, Pabalinas, Luntayao, Javier, Vargas, Lucasan, Grijaldo,and Dano-og—some of whom were from Panay.

The Spaniards established the seat of the "pueblo" in Jacinto and Zamora Streets, and the town was governed by "Capitanes Municipales", Tenientes Absolato" and Cabeza de Barangays". When revolt against the Spanish Government broke out, Capitan Bibiano Gelvosa and his followers fought bravely against the Spaniards. He was the last "Capitan Municipal" when the Americans arrived.


Population census of Hinigaran
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 14,256    
1918 16,097+0.81%
1939 27,438+2.57%
1948 29,017+0.62%
1960 36,240+1.87%
1970 46,010+2.41%
1975 52,018+2.49%
1980 54,717+1.02%
1990 68,739+2.31%
1995 71,519+0.75%
2000 74,997+1.02%
2007 80,528+0.99%
2010 81,925+0.63%
2015 85,602+0.84%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

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


Economic profile


  • Lopues Value Store
  • Prince Hypermart
  • Puregold
  • Melva's Grocery
  • D'Garisson Mini Mart
  • Negros Grace Pharmacy Grocery Store
  • Mercury Drug Store w/ Grocery Store
  • KJ Fairmart

Upcoming malls/supermarkets

  • Metro Gaisano Mall
  • Savemore (Coming Soon)
  • Citymall (Coming Soon)
  • Gaisano Grand Mall (Coming Soon)

Banking institutions

  • BDO
  • RCBC
  • Producers Bank
  • Banko (a subsidiary of BPI)
  • Land Bank (Coming Soon)



  • San Jose Muscovado Sugar Mill
  • Barangay Pilar World War II Marker
  • Mary Magdalene Church
  • Talabahan Plantation
  • Paradiso Beach Resort
  • Mini Rizal Park
  • Canonoy Beach Resort
  • Senator Esperidion Guanco Bridge
  • Espiso Beach Resort
  • Tagda Pier


  1. "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  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. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. 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.
  7. "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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