Moises Padilla

Moises Padilla, officially the Municipality of Moises Padilla, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 41,386 people.[3]

Moises Padilla

Municipality of Moises Padilla

Map of Negros Occidental with Moises Padilla highlighted
Moises Padilla
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°16′N 123°05′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District5th district of Negros Occidental
Barangays15 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorElla Celestina G. Yulo
  Vice MayorAdrian S. Villaflor
  CongressmanMaria Lourdes A. Lesaca
  Electorate26,914 voters (2019)
  Total144.10 km2 (55.64 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)
  Income class3rd municipal income class
  Poverty incidence31.21% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)103,438,640.29 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

Formerly known as Magallon, it is famous for its vast livestock yard, the major source of income of the town. Traders all over the island of Negros come to buy, sell, and trade all kinds of farm and dairy animals. The town's official emblem shows the "Carabao" or the Water buffalo.


Moises Padilla is situated in central part of Negros Island. The location of the town provides a good view of the Kanlaon Volcano in its near perfect cone shape. Along the east side part of the town is the longest river in Negros Island, the Binalbagan River.

The town a natural spring in the heart of the town. Large concrete storage tanks were constructed to store the clean and fresh water. No mechanical device is needed to extract the water.

Moises Padilla is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.


Three miles north from the town is a small sitio called Magallon Cadre. Here lie the ruins of field hospital of the U.S. Army and USAFFE before the World War II. Magallon had witnessed the brutality and terror of World War II. However no event was ever recorded in public documents. It is believed and verified by older citizens that the opening attack of Japanese invaders were sending the two well-armed Mitsubishi Zero fighters. The Japanese commander had chosen cleverly to initiate the attack during the market day of the Magallon which is every Tuesdays; where the large population gathered and met to buy food, clothing, farm tools, and everything of value. According to witnesses, the two Japanese Zero fighters began their low level flight from Crossing Magallon all the way to the heart of Magallon that have a distance of about 7 kilometers. They strafed anything that moved in the road: people, children, and animals of all kinds. They finally dropped their two lethal cargoes of bombs right in the center of the market. After recovering from initial shock, the Japanese infantry began pouring in from every direction of the barangay.

In 1951, the barrios of Magallon, Odiong and Guinpanaan, then belonging to the town of Isabela, were separated to form the town of Magallon. The boundary between the two towns were as surveyed by the Bureau of lands in accordance with Resolution No. 1. of the joint session of the Provincial Board of Negros Occidental and the Municipal Council of Isabela dated November 15, 1949, and subsequently concurred to by Resolution No. 79 of the Municipal Council of Isabela dated December 26, 1949.[5]

In 1957, the town was renamed to Moises Padilla,[6] a public figure who was tortured and killed for political reasons by assassins of former Governor Rafael Lacson in Negros Island. Padilla was declared a martyr by the late Ramon Magsaysay, then a Secretary of National Defense during the early 1950s. It was believed that Moises Padilla was an ardent supporter of Magsaysay in every political arena after the war.


Population census of Moises Padilla
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 13,301    
1970 17,565+2.82%
1975 22,106+4.72%
1980 22,916+0.72%
1990 30,742+2.98%
1995 31,350+0.37%
2000 34,658+2.17%
2007 39,239+1.73%
2010 39,257+0.02%
2015 41,386+1.01%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

Languages spoken are Hiligaynon; Cebuano; Tagalog; English

Majority people are Christians.


Sugarcane, rice, corn, root crops, lumber, and livestock are the main produce of the town.


Regular trips of bus and other utility vehicles to and from Bacolod City, Canlaon City in Negros Oriental, and Cebu City.

See also


  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. "An act creating the municipality of Magallon in the province of Negros Occidental". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  6. "An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Magallon in the Province of Negros Occidental to Municipality of Moises Padilla". Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  7. Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. 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.
  9. "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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