Talisay, Negros Occidental

Talisay, officially the City of Talisay, or simply known as Talisay City, is a 4th class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 102,214 people.[3]

City of Talisay
View of The Ruins of the Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion, Talisay City at dusk
Map of Negros Occidental with Talisay highlighted
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°44′N 122°58′E
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District3rd district of Negros Occidental
September 29, 1850
CityhoodFebruary 11, 1998
Barangays27 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
  MayorNilo Jesus Antonio "Neil" E. Lizares III
  Vice MayorSamuel M. Siote
  CongressmanJose Francisco B. Benitez
  Electorate65,950 voters (2019)
  Total201.18 km2 (77.68 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
  Income class4th city income class
  Poverty incidence13.9% (2015)[4]
  Revenue (₱)511,266,514.48 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesHiligaynon

It is part of the metropolitan area called Metro Bacolod, which includes its neighbors Silay to the north and Bacolod to the south.[5] It has a total land area of 20,118 hectares (49,710 acres).

Talisay is often confused with another Talisay City, which is a component city in Cebu.


The Negritos, natives who led nomadic lives at the foot of scenic North Negros mountain ranges, originally inhabited Talisay. In 1788, families of Malay descent settled in the pristine part of Negros Island and named it Minuluan. Unknown to many, the sugar industry in province has its very roots in Talisay. The enterprising Recollect priest led by Fray Fernando Cuenca, spurred the economic development of this once sleepy Sitio through the planting of sugarcane in vast tracts of land we call ‘haciendas’.

The seedlings, brought from Spain, thrived well in the rich, loamy soil. Fray Cuenca improved sugar production of the crude wooden mills with the invention of ‘Molino de Agua’. The Spanish colonizers became guardians of our economic, socio-political and spiritual lives, and with more of the Minuluan population embracing the Catholic faith, the Sitio was decreed a town on September 10, 1850, with San Nicolas de Tolentino as its patron saint. It was renamed Talisay after the tree that grew in abundance along the mouth of the Matab-ang River.

To accommodate the growing population, three more barrios were established – Dos Hermanas and San Fernando in the northern part and Concepcion in the South.

At the turn of the century, Talisay became a significant player in revolt against Spain through the leadership of General Aniceto Lacson. The wily general and erstwhile Katipunero of the North teamed up with General Araneta from the South during the victorious Cinco de Noviembre uprising in 1898 that saw the Spaniards capitulating without bloodshed. The intervening years saw Talisay growing and methamorphosing into the budding city that is today-full of promise and potential. On February 11, 1998, Talisay through the effort of its local official led by the Mayor Amelo Lizares was finally elevated into a city.[6]


Talisay is also known for its 2 major tertiary institutions: The Technological University of the Philippines – Visayas and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Main Campus.

Business process outsourcing

In 2016, business process outsourcing (BPO) company iQor opens its call/contact center in Talisay, the first BPO company in the city.[7]


Talisay City is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.


Population census of Talisay
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 14,548    
1918 14,165−0.18%
1939 40,547+5.14%
1948 43,610+0.81%
1960 46,308+0.50%
1970 45,084−0.27%
1975 48,518+1.48%
1980 53,624+2.02%
1990 63,260+1.67%
1995 68,401+1.47%
2000 79,146+3.18%
2007 96,444+2.76%
2010 97,571+0.42%
2015 102,214+0.89%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]

Places of interest

See also


  1. "City". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 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. "Building Globally Competitive Metro Areas in the Philippines" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  6. "Talisay City". Negros Occidental Provincial Government. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  7. https://signedevents.com/philippines/bacolod-city/masskara-2016-get-hired-and-celebrate-with-iqor/
  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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