Provinces

Negros Occidental Province

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ABOUT

Negros Occidental, also known as Occidental Negros or Western Negros, is a province located in the region of Western Visayas. Its capital is Bacolod. It is the fourth most populated province in the Philippines. It is known for its chicken inasal and its sugar industry, hence nicknamed as the sugar bowl of the Philippines.

LOCATION

Negros Occidental

Coordinates: 10°25′N 123°00′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Negros Occidental
Location:
10°25′N 123°00′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1890
Capital:
Area:
7,802.54 km2 (3,012.58 sq mi)
Population:
2,623,200
Density:
320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 12 Component city, 19 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Occidental Negrense
Elevation:
(Mount Kanlaon) 2,465 m (8,087 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
6100–6132
Area code:
+63 -(034)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
Catholicism is the predominant religion, with over 2 million adherents.
Language(s):
Hiligaynon, Cebuano, English
Known For:
Chicken inasal, sugar industry
Major Industries:
Manufacturing (sugar), Fishing, Mining (copper), Handicrafts, Information Technology
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
October, April
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has a tropical climate. Rainfall is significant most months of the year, and the short dry season has little effect. This location is classified as Am by Köppen and Geiger. The average annual temperature in Hinoba-an is 27.4 °C. The rainfall here averages 2408 mm.

Best time to visit is in October. During this time the province’s capital, Bacolod City, celebrates the Masskara Festival. Expect a lot of street dancing and parties. April also boosts the province’s tourism as it holds the Panaad sa Negros Festival.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Negros Occidental Province Map

The Negros Occidental provinceis divided into 19 Municipalities, 1 Independent City, 12 Component City:

  • Bacolod
  • Bago
  • Binalbagan
  • Cadiz
  • Calatrava
  • Candoni
  • Cauayan
  • Enrique B. Magalona (Saravia)
  • Escalante
  • Himamaylan
  • Hinigaran
  • Hinoba-an (Asia)
  • Ilog
  • Isabela
  • Kabankalan
  • La Carlota
  • La Castellana
  • Manapla
  • Moises Padilla (Magallon)
  • Murcia
  • Pontevedra
  • Pulupandan
  • Sagay
  • Salvador Benedicto
  • San Carlos
  • San Enrique
  • Silay
  • Sipalay
  • Talisay
  • Toboso
  • Valladolid
  • Victorias
 

ISLANDS

There are 14 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Negros Occidental which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Agutaya Island
  • Bagunbanua Island
  • Bolila Island
  • Bulanon
  • Danjugan Island
  • Lakawon Island
  • Matabas Island
  • Molocaboc Daku
  • Molocaboc Duit
  • Pitogo Island
  • Sipaway Island
  • Suyac Island
  • Ticlin Island
  • Turtle Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Negros Occidental province:

  • 888 Chinatown Square
  • Bacolod Public Plaza
  • Balay Negrense Museum
  • Bantug Lake Ranch
  • Butterfly Sanctuary at Mambukal Resort
  • Campuestohan Highland Resort
  • Capitol Park and Lagoon
  • Cornell Swimming Pool
  • Hofilena Heritage House
  • Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum
  • Lakawon Island
  • Mag-aso Falls
  • Mambukal Mountain Resort
  • Mount Kanlaon’s Seven Falls
  • Museum Negrense de La Salle
  • Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Center
  • Negros Museum
  • Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol
  • New Government Center
  • Panaad Stadium
  • Pope John Paul II Tower
  • Robinson’s Place
  • Sagay Marine Reserve (Carbin Reef)
  • San Sebastian Cathedral
  • SM City Bacolod
  • The Ruins
  • WWII Memorial Wall
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Negros Occidental throughout the year:

  • MassKara Festival (4th Sunday of October) – Bacolod City
  • Pasalamat Festival (last Sunday of April) – La Carlota City
  • Bailes de Luces (December 30 to January 5) – La Castellana
  • Pintaflores Festival (5th of November) – San Carlos City

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Negros Occidental province.

Where in the Philippines is Negros Occidental located?
Negros Occidental is located on Western Visayas.

Is Negros Occidental a city or province?
Negros Occidental is a province.

What is the Capital of Negros Occidental?
The capital of Negros Occidental is Bacolod.

What is Negros Occidental famous for?
Negros Occidental is famous for chicken inasal and sugar industry.

How do I get to Negros Occidental?
There are several ways to get to Negros Occidental, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane | 1.25 hours | $30-$170
  • Ferry | 20 hours | $13-$124

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How many islands are in Negros Occidental?
There are 14 islands in Negros Occidental province.

What does Negros Occidental mean?
Negros got its name from the dark-skinned natives found in the area during the Spanish period.

How Safe is Traveling in Negros Occidental?
Negros Occidental is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Negros Occidental the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Negros Occidental province is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces in the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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