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Bacolod city


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Bacolod city

  1. 1. Welcome to Bacolod City !!! “The City of Smile”
  2. 2. Profile Land Area: 15,610.00 hectares Classification: Highly Urbanized City No. of Barangays: 61 Barangays – (41 Urban, 20 Rural) Population: 429,076 (May 1, 2000) – 453,873 (2005 Projection) Language: Hiligaynon/Ilonggo/English is spoken and understood Website:
  3. 3. Negros Island was originally called “Buglas”, an old native word that is thought to mean “cut-off.” April 1565 - the Spaniards called the land “Negros” after the black natives whom they saw when they first came to the island. Two of the earliest native settlements were Binalbagan and Ilog.
  4. 4. 1734 - island became a military district and Ilog was made its first capital. The seat of government was later transferred to Himamaylan and thereafter Bacolod became the capital in 1849. April 20, 1901 - This resulted in the establishment of the short lived “Cantonal Government of the Republic of Negros” which reunited the two provinces until the Americans arrived in May 1899. A civil government was established in Negros Occidental. 1901 and the 1930s - Negros Occidental was under the American occupation as with the rest of the country. Nonetheless, the economic growth continued especially with Philippine sugar having a part of the US market despite some accompanying socio- economic problems during this period. When the Japanese landed in the province on May and instead organized a free government and guerilla movement under Gov. Alfredo Montelibano, Sr. in Negros Island. They helped bring about the surrender of the Japanese forces in Negros in 1945.The history of the province for the post World War II period has yet to be formally written.
  5. 5. In 1849, then Gov. Valdevieso y Morquecho declared Bacolod as the capital of the whole island of Negros. Subsequently, with the splitting of Negros into two provinces, Bacolod was named capital of the province of Negros Occidental in 1884. On October 19, 1938 - Bacolod became the fifth chartered city during the Commonwealth period under President Manuel L. Quezon, with Alfredo Montelibano, Sr. as its appointed chief executive.
  6. 6. 1985 - also marked the period when Negros Occidental became known throughout the country and abroad as suffering from historic socio-economic crisis. Various forms of international aid were sent to Negros and many Negrenses , national and foreign government and government organizations, responded in cooperation with the Philippine Government to help the province cope with the crisis. However, just when the economic boom was beginning to seep in the overall economy of Negros Occidental brought about by the acceleration of various economic activities, the recurring ills of the sugar industry in the second half of the 1990′s slowed down the continuing economic uptrend of the province. Nevertheless, with the widespread benefits brought about by the positive changes in the socio- economic condition of the province by the 2000′s, clear sign of economic recovery for Negros Occidental is anticipated.