Salvador Benedicto

Salvador Benedicto, officially the Municipality of Salvador Benedicto and also known as Don Salvador Benedicto, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,662 people.[3]

Salvador Benedicto
Municipality of Salvador Benedicto
Salvador Benedicto Lion's Park

Summer Capital of Negros Occidental
Map of Negros Occidental with Salvador Benedicto highlighted
Salvador Benedicto
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°33′02″N 123°14′11″E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District1st district of Negros Occidental
FoundedFebruary 9, 1983
Barangays7 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Bayan
  MayorLaurence Marxlen J. dela Cruz
  Vice MayorNehemiah Joe J. dela Cruz, Jr.
  CongressmanGerardo P. Valmayor Jr.
  Electorate17,509 voters (2019)
  Total170.50 km2 (65.83 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
  Income class4th municipal income class
  Poverty incidence25.86% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)78,960,238.16 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

The municipality is a post-colonial provincial hill station and designated as the Summer Capital of Negros Occidental, a very popular tourist site amongst locals and foreigners seeking a moment of serenity away from the hustle-bustle of huge cities.[5]


Located at the center of the mountains of northern Negros Occidental, Don Salvador Benedicto was chartered through Batas Pambansa Bilang 336 by then President Ferdinand Marcos. It consolidated all the remote barangays of San Carlos City and the towns of Calatrava and Murcia which were apparently neglected due to inaccessibility. The town is named after the former Vice Governor Salvador V. Benedicto (March 31, 1889November 28, 1956) who played an important role in the setting up of a Revolutionary Government in Negros Island particularly in Barangay Igmaya-an, when the country was occupied by the Japanese during World War II. He was also the main guerrilla coordinator in both Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental during the said war. Salvador Benedicto is a relative of Roberto Benedicto, President Marcos' crony.


Salvador Benedicto is politically subdivided into 7 barangays.

  • Bago (Lalung)
  • Bagong Silang (Marcelo)
  • Bunga
  • Igmaya-an
  • Kumaliskis
  • Pandanon
  • Pinowayan (Prosperidad)


Although a small town, the town of Don Salvador Benedicto has seen a rise in its municipal economy thanks to tourism and local agriculture. Due to its high altitude like Baguio City, the town can support crops that grow in temperate areas, making it ideal for a multitude of farming businesses. Tourism is on the rise for the town especially when travellers head out into the heart of the province. Also located in the municipality are the Choco Hills, similar to Bohol's Chocolate Hills.[6]

A small nipa hut amidst the rice fields of Don Salvador Benedicto.


Population census of Salvador Benedicto
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 13,538    
1995 17,635+5.08%
2000 17,259−0.46%
2007 22,979+4.03%
2010 23,624+1.01%
2015 25,662+1.59%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

Major languages are Hiligaynon, followed by Cebuano with English and Filipino being used as second languages.

See also

  • Mambukal, a township hill station in Negros Occidental.
  • Baguio, first hill station and Summer Capital of the Philippines.


  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. "Things to see and do in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental". Yap, Roxie. Retrieved August 24, 2008.
  6. "Agriculture and Tourism Potentials of Don Salvador Benedicto". Reyes, Glady. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  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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