Bacong, Negros Oriental
Map of Negros Oriental with Bacong highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|Congr. district||3rd district of Negros Oriental|
|• Mayor||Lenin P. Alviola|
|• Total||40.30 km2 (15.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
Bacong is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 32,286 people. Bacong was the hometown of the Visayan hero of the Philippine Revolution, Pantaleon Villegas, better known as León Kilat.
Bacong is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.
- North Poblacion
- San Miguel
- South Poblacion
- West Poblacion
- North Poblacion
The Province’s first town to the south of the capital may be its smallest, but it has some big things going for it. Its church of San Agustin, for one, has Oriental Negros’ tallest belfry, oldest main altar with gold-leafing and painted friezes, and a pipe organ from Zaragoza, Spain, installed in 1898 shortly before the revolution against Spain broke out in Oriental Negros. The only other pipe organ of similar provenance is found in Bohol. With its reasonably well-preserved complex including churchyard and convent (ca 1850), San Agustin of Bacong is one of the 26 colonial churches all over the country selected for restoration by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Bacong’s historical importance is well-monumented: it is the birthplace of Oriental Negros’ hero and only Katipunero – General Pantaleon Villegas, aka Leon Kilat, who’s birthday is celebrated every July 27. Barrio Isugan was site of a battle between Filipino and American soldiers.
Points of touristic interest are a string of beaches the length of the Bacong shoreline, sinamay handlooms, and the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage (NOAH) which produces export quality stonecraft furniture, jewel boxes and fashion accessories.
One of the town’s bigger barangays, San Miguel, marks its local fiesta with a unique Sinulog de San Miguel, where the archangel and his heavenly army are depicted battling the forces of evil.
|Population census of Bacong|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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