City Of Kabankalan
City of Kabankalan is a 1st class component city in the province of Negros Occidental in Region VI or Western Visayas
Region which belongs to the Visayas group
of islands. It is situated about 92 kilometers south-southwest of Bacolod City and about 548 kilometers south-southeast of Manila, the Philippine capital.
Kabankalan is classified as partly urban and consists of 32 barangays, nine of them make the city center while the other 23 are located in the outlying areas. As of the 2007 census, the city has a total population of 166,970 residents and it occupies an area of 697.35 km². Thus by average, 239.44 people are residing per square kilometer of the city.
Kabankalan derived its name from the word "bangkal", a species of trees which abound the place. In early years, the city started as a barrio of Ilog, a neighboring town of the city today. Kabankalan turned into a town on March 14 in 1907 with Capitan Lorenzo Zayco as its first Municipal President. The town of Kabankalan became a chartered city on August 2, 1997 under Republic Act 8287.
City of Kabankalan occupies the central portion of the Southern Negros Island. It is bounded on the north by the City of Himamaylan, on the northwest by Panay Gulf, on the southwest by the Municipality of Ilog and on the southeast by the Province of Negros Oriental. The city can be reached from Bacolod City by private car in less than 2 hours while public utility vehicles such as buses can reach the place in about 2 hours. It also links the province of Negros Occidental to Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental.
Due to this strategical location on the only route from Bacolod City on the north to the City of Sipalay and the Municipality of Hinoba-an on the southwestern side and to Dumaguete City on the southeastern side Kabankalan serves as the center of economic activities in southern Negros and calls itself "Gateway to Southern Negros".
The tradition as a Trade Center for Southern Negros started about the beginning of the 20th century when Kabankalan saw the emerging development of the sugar industry. Sugar mills were put up in Hacienda Bearin and Hacienda San Isidro. But during World War II Kabankalan was made a garrison town by the japanese imperial forces. Sugar mills were destroyed, school buildings demolished and houses razed to the ground. The post war area concentrated on rehabilitation effort and saw the establishment of the sugar mills Dacongcogon and Sonedco placing Kabankalan at the crossroad of agro-industrial development and setting the ground as a hub of business and trade in Southern Negros. With the growth of the sugar industry banks and other financial institutions and commercial establishments put up branches and offices in Kabankalan.
Up to the present City of Kabankalan is based on an agricultural economy. About 55% of the land area is devoted to agriculture. The main product is sugar. Other products include rice, corn, fruits, vegetables and root crops. Since the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) had identified Kabankalan as a growth center and the site of People's Industrial Estate (PIE) Kabankalan braces itself to meet the demands for investment in the areas of Real Estate Development, Food Processing including post harvest and grains trading, ICT Facilities and Tourism Development. Currently Kabankalan has two sugar mills, SONEDCO and United Farmers Sugar Corporation, as well as a modern slaughterhouse and a corn processing mill and warehouse.
First address for shopping is Gaisano, seated in the center of Kabankalan. Other shops with a wide range of products are Lopue's on Guanzon Street and Unitop which faces Gaisano across the street. The public market with its many small shops and offers invites visitors to rummage for some exclusive treasures or simply cover one's requirements.
Sinulog Festival: colourful dancers of Tribu Galo in the streets of Kabankalan
Photo:Jheylyn Dayao / AP
The City of Kabankalan celebrates three major festivities every year. These are the Sinulog Festival, celebrated on the third week of January, is the city’s own version of the famous "Ati-Atihan Festival"; the Udyakan Festival; and the city’s Charter Day Celebration which showcases the local products of the farmers and cooperatives of the city.
Kabankalan is blessed with natural wonders which attract both locals and foreigners. It is home to the Mag-aso Mountain Resort located at Barangay Oringao. The resort has mini-falls and a 75-foot main falls that drop into a clear pool. A cave is also situated in Balicaocao watershed. The Mag-aso cave which measures 436.54 meters long and 149.29 meters deep is identified to be one of the deepest cave in the Philippines.
Other attractions in Kabankalan City include the Balicaocao Highland Resort, the Agustina Falls, Udlom Cave, the Magballo Cave, Tagukon River and the Hagdanan cave.
Starting at Central Jeepney Station Jeepneys offer comfortable traveling in Kabankalan and to nearby destinations
Photo:Jheylyn Dayao / AP
Administratively the Component City of City Of Kabankalan is subdivided into 32 barangays. 9 compose the center of the city wheras the other 23 are in the outlying areas. Some of them are even several kilometers away from the center of the Component City. The most populous are
Barangay 7 (Pob.), Barangay 8 (Pob.), Barangay 5 (Pob.), Barangay 2 (Pob.), Barangay 3 (Pob.), Barangay 9 (Pob.), Barangay 6 (Pob.), Barangay 4 (Pob.), Linao, Camugao, Tagoc, Talubangi, Inapoy, Tagukon, Pinaguinpinan.
Among the bigger cities and municipalities in the neighborhood of City Of Kabankalan there are Bacolod City 92 km north, Silay City 91 km north, San Carlos City 73 km north-east, Iloilo City (Iloilo) 83 km north-west, Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental) 128 km south-east, Bago City 60 km north, Cauayan 20 km west, City Of Himamaylan 13 km north-north-east, City Of Bayawan (Tulong) (Negros Oriental) 53 km south-south-west as well as 84 km north-north-east of City Of Kabankalan the component city City Of Talisay.