Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Don Jorge L. Araneta
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List of Municipalities in the Negros Occidental Province within Region VI in the Republic of The Philippines
Binalbagan || Calatrava || Candoni || Cauayan || Enrique B. Magalona || Hinigaran || Hinoba-An || Ilog || Isabela || La Castellana || Manapla || Moises Padilla || Murcia || Pontevedra || Pulupandan || Salvador Benedicto || San Enrique || Toboso || Valladolid
Cities in the province of Negros Occidental: Bacolod City (Capital) || Bago City || Cadiz City || Escalante City || Himamaylan City || Kabankalan City || La Carlota City || Sagay City || San Carlos City || Silay City || Sipalay City || Talisay City || Victorias City
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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bago City
- Bago City has a total 24 barangays
- Registered Voters of Bago City as of (2010) = 89,243
- Population of Bago City (as of Aug 1, 2007) = 159,933
- Land Area of Bago City (as of 2007, in hectares) = 40,120
- Bago City is a 2nd class Component City and Partially Urban.
- Bago City is in the Negros Occidental province and within Region VI in the Western Visayas Area.
Geography of Bago City, Province of Negros Occidental, Philippines
Bago City Land Area (as of 2007, in hectares)= 40,120
Location of Bago City, Province of Negros Occidental, Philippines
- Bago City is in the Province of Negros Occidental
- Negros Occidental is in the Island of negros and within Region VI.
- The Island of negros is in Western Visayas.
History of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
- article below from the City of Bago: www.bagocity.gov.ph
Bago's history has its beginning on September 6, 1571 when the Spanish adelantado, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, allotted the community to a Spaniard named Juan Gutierrez as his “encomienda”. At that time the community was still composed of small cluster of settlements along the banks of a big river which later became known as the Bago River. The “economiendero”, since then, administered to the spiritual and socio-economic needs of the natives in the settlements until June, 1578; however, a year before that this community was placed under the evangelical visitations of Father Geronimo Marin, an Agustinian priest who had taken charge of the Christianization of the natives of Binalbagan since the year 1572.
Father Marin, upon his arrival in the community, celebrated the feast of St. John the Baptist, who would later be accepted as the patron saint of the place. Following the traditions and practices of the Spanish missionaries and historians in recording the founding of a “pueblo” or town that usually coincides with the feast day of a saint and since the feast day of St. John the Baptist, falls on June 24 of each year, it follows therefore that Bago was founded so that the exact month and day can only be deduced from such traditional practices of the Spaniards. Manila, Cebu City and Binalbagan also predicated the dates of their founding on the same historical situations, hence the logical conclusion is that Bago City was officially founded on the month, day and year heretofore mentioned.
As with regards to how the community acquired its name, according to the manuscript of a Spanish historian, Diego Lope de Povedano, which is available in the library of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, the community was named after a large tree called “Bago” under which, according to local legend, a native prince by the name of Mapagic died.
Another historical version is that the place got its name from a shrub called “bago-bago” which was then growing luxuriantly along the river's banks. From the year 1575 up to the close of the 16th century, no historical account was written about the community. Bago came into the historical scene again when, at the early part of the 17th century, a group of settlers from Panay crossed the Guimaras Strait and migrated to Negros, some of whom settled along the banks of the Bago River. The arrival of these settlers spurred the rapid growth of the settlements in the area until all these were merged into a sizable village capable of self-governance. In later years, the descendants of these settlers petitioned the Spanish authorities to declare their village a “pueblo” or town and to name it “Bago”. Among the petitioners were Manuel Sitchon, Gregorio Varela, Paulino Torres, Jacinto Araneta, Clemente Celis, Mariano Gonzaga and Fernando Villanueva, whose forebears hailed from the town of Molo, Iloilo. The said petition was finally granted by the status of a “pueblo” or town in that same year.
Between the years 1800 and 1898, the inhabitants of Bago were among those who suffered tremendously under the Spanish tyranny, injustice and oppression. This social condition finally led to a revolt on November 5, 1898 when on this day, general Juan Araneta rallied his people in the struggle for freedom. This historic event was chronicled in a historic marker found in the City public plaza of Bago which bears the following inscriptions:
REPÚBLICA DE NEGROS
“In this plaza of Bago was proclaimed the
República de Negros by the Revolutionary
Forces led by general Juan Anacleto Araneta,
5 November, 1898. Witnessed by Anaias
Diokno, representative of the Central Revolutionary
Government. This Republic acknowledges
The authority of the First Philippine
Together with General Aniceto Lacson who led the forces in Talisay, he was able to force the capitulation of the Spanish garrison at Bacolod thus putting an end to the Spanish sovereignty in the province. Forthwith, a revolutionary government was established with general Juan A. Araneta as the Acting Governor. In the then Municipality of Bago, an election was held and Ramon del Castillo became the first elected municipal president who served in such capacity from the year 1898 up to the year 1900.
In April, 1901, the Americans came and established a civil government in the province of Negros Occidental which completely abolished the revolutionary government of General Araneta. Bago was one of the towns that were placed under the control of the Americans; however, they allowed the municipality to be governed by Filipino officials. The following therefore were the succeeding municipal presidents and mayors of Bago until the outbreak of the Second World War on December 7, 1941.
When the Japanese Forces invaded the Philippines, the civil government of Bago was dissolved. The Japanese occupation forces tried to establish a provisional government but the local people refused to cooperate. When the American forces liberated the town on March 29, 1945 together with the Philippine Commonwealth troops and local Negrosanon guerrilla units continued in Bago, it was completely destroyed but rehabilitation work was immediately started and the town underwent development efforts under the leadership of the succeeding town mayors. Bago City was finally granted its cityhood on February 19, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4382 written by Senator Ramon Torres a Bago native with his nephew Hon. Manuel Y. Torres as the hold-over City Mayor until 1998.
Legal limitations on the number of successive terms disqualified Mayor Manuel Y. Torres in running again and in the 1998 local elections, his wife Mayor Janet E. Torres ran as candidate for Mayor and won. The current Mayor is Ramon Torres a nephew of Manuel Y. Torres.
Alfredo Saulo. (1991). "IV Bago: Birthplace of the Negros Republic". Jorge Vargas Autobiography. University of the Philippine Press.. Violeta Lopez-Gonzaga. (1994). Land of Hope, Land of Want : A socio-economic history of Negros. Philippine National Historical Society.
People of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
- Bago City Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census) = 159,933
- Bago City Registered Voters (2009 COMELEC) = 82,158
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.
- Elected City Officials of Bago City for the term of 2013 - 2016
- Mayor of Bago City: Ramon Diasnes Torres - NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION
- Vice-Mayor of Bago City: Nicholas Miraflores Yulo - NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION
- Councilors of Bago City:
- TORRES, ANDREW MARTIN (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 30176 7.51%
- MATTI, MA. JOSEFA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 29570 7.36%
- MATTI, FEDERICO (PMP) PWERSA NG MASANG PILIPINO 27905 6.95%
- SOMCIO, BERNADETTE (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 27580 6.87%
- GALUNAN, ALLAN (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 25828 6.43%
- ARANETA, JORGE INDEPENDENT 25471 6.34%
- GAUDITE, CLEO (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 25083 6.25%
- MONDIA, CARLOS (PMP) PWERSA NG MASANG PILIPINO 24307 6.05%
- ALVAREZ, DONALD (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 22789 5.67%
- FAMOSO, DANILO (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 22781 5.67%
- Elected City Officials of Bago City for the term of 2010 - 2013
- Mayor of Bago City: Ramon Diasnes Torres
- Vice-Mayor of Bago City: Nicholas Miraflores Yulo
- Councilors of Bago City:
- Elected City Officials of Bago City for the term of 2007 - 2010
Barangay Elected Officials of Bago City, Negros Occidental
Businesses in Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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- Businesses in Bago City
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- Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops and Resorts in Bago City
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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Schools in Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
School year 2014-2015 starts June 2, 2014 and ends March 27, 2015, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
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Economy of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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Natural Resources of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Babaylan Festival - of all figures in the history of Negros Island, the Babaylan is the most colorful and enduring. The Babaylan is a doctor, herbalist, artist, medium, adviser, agriculturist and more, all rolled in one very interesting character. He is the keeper of rituals and spirit agents in normal world. He inspires awe and fear. The Babaylan Festival was conceived to highlight a unique brand of Filipino heritage, one that dates back to the pre-Spanish period. The festival aims to rediscover the region’s indigenous music, literature, dances, rituals and other artistic endeavors.
Al Cinco de Noviembre or Cannon Festival: is a historical festival that commemorates the Negrenses’ bloodless revolt against the Spaniards led by Gen. Juan A. Araneta in 1898. In commemoration of that historic bluff that freed Negros from Spanish Conquestadores in 1898, the City Government of Bago celebrates that event with gleeful reminiscence and pride for the great General and his gallant men from this city who were armed with courage and ingenuity who played a great role in the history of Negros. Spanish authorities in Bacolod capitulated after seeing advancing troops armed with rifles and cannons which were actually nipa stalks and rolled sawali mats painted black. Al Cinco de Noviembre showcases not only the courage and gallantry but also the creativity and ingenuity of the Bagonhon. November 5 has been declared a holiday in Negros Occidental.
The feast of St. John the Baptist - Bago City was founded on June 24, 1575 falling on the Feast day of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the city. In celebration of this historic and religious event, the City Government sponsors various activities such as the Balsa race which takes off at Brgy. Atipuluan and finishes in Bantayan Boulevard, Brgy. Poblacion.
Featured News of The Philippines
- Recovery of imports seen in Q3
- Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - Merchandise imports would likely recover in the third quarter following a contraction in June and May, the research arm of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. said.
- “Coming from a second quarter decline, expect figures to improve in the third quarter given the country’s import season,” Mabellene Reynaldo, research analyst at the bank, said in a report ........................ Full Story»
- WB lends $508 M to Phl for rural infra
- Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - The World Bank is extending a $508.25-million loan and grant package to the Philippines for rural infrastructure aimed at improving the productivity of small farmers and fisherfolk, raising rural incomes and reducing poverty in the country.
- The six-year Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) also aims to facilitate easier access of farmers’ produce to the markets. The Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement the project ........................ Full Story»
- Carabao Festival
- Date: May 14 - Location: Angono, Rizal
- Farmers pay tribute to their patron saints; a procession of carabao carts bearing a myriad local produce is held; prizes are awarded to the strongest and most beautifully decorated carabaos.
- Date: May 14 Location: Pulilan, Bulacan
- Hundreds of festively adorned carabaos are paraded by their farmer-owners on the street leading to the church; there the carabaos are made to kneel down as a homage to San Isidro de Labrado, the patron saint of farmers.
- Fil-Am seeks to swim for Phl
- Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - A 17-year-old Fil-Am swimmer, whose best long course time of 31.39 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke is .03 faster than the Philippine record, hopes to compete for the country in the near future and her father is now inquiring about the steps to take in acquiring dual citizenship.
- Elizabeth Davis Jordana began swimming competitively in US regional meets since she was nine and is in the senior elite class of the Dad’s Club Team in Texas. Her father Martin, 51, was born in Manila and is a Filipino-Spanish mestizo with roots in Bicol. Her mother Sarah is American ............................. Full Story»
Your Story about Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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Bago City, Negros Occidental supports Philippine Cycling
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