Cadiz, Negros Occidental

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Component city
Cadiz city2.jpg
Official seal of Cadiz
Map of Negros Occidental with Cadiz highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Cadiz highlighted
Cadiz is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°57′N 123°18′E / 10.950°N 123.300°E / 10.950; 123.300Coordinates: 10°57′N 123°18′E / 10.950°N 123.300°E / 10.950; 123.300
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Negros Occidental
District 2nd district of Negros Occidental
Founded 1861
Cityhood July 4, 1967
Barangays 22
 • Mayor Patrick G. Escalante Jr
 • Vice-mayor Samson "Jongben" Mirhan
 • City 524.57 km2 (202.54 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 151,500
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6121
Dialing code 34
Income class 1st class city; partially urban

Cadiz, officially the City of Cadiz or simply Cadiz City, is a first class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 151,500 people.[3] The city is 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of Bacolod City.

Cadiz City is a gateway and a premier center of agro-fishery resources of Negros Island. The strategic location of the city with a wide and rich island and marine resources and vast fertile agricultural land, and the completion of the commercial port and the construction of fish port will open a new opportunity for economic growth and increase the level of competitiveness.

The city is a major sugar-producing area. This is in turn transported to nearby Victorias City for further refining. Another major source of livelihood is the harvest of seafood.

The Dinagsa Festival, a celebration which earned it the name as the Dinagsa Country in the north, is held annually the last week of January. Some three kilometers off the coast of Barangay Cadiz Viejo is a white sand island resort of Lakawon, a popular destination among the local population.

The current City Mayor is Dr. Patrick G. Escalante Jr. And the City Vice-Mayor is Samson "Jongben" Mirhan.

Typhoon Haiyan 2013 left the city with great amount of damages.

Office of the City Mayor of Cadiz City
This is the front view of the Cadiz City Public Library from Cabahug St., Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


Cadiz City is politically subdivided into 22 barangays ("Pob." means poblacion).[2]

  • Andres Bonifacio
  • Banquerohan
  • Barangay 1 Pob. (Zone 1)
  • Barangay 2 Pob. (Zone 2)
  • Barangay 3 Pob. (Zone 3)
  • Barangay 4 Pob. (Zone 4)
  • Barangay 5 Pob. (Zone 5)
  • Barangay 6 Pob. (Zone 6)
  • Burgos
  • Cabahug
  • Cadiz Viejo
  • Caduha-an
  • Celestino Villacin
  • Daga
  • V. F. Gustilo
  • Jerusalem
  • Luna
  • Mabini
  • Magsaysay
  • Sicaba
  • Tiglawigan
  • Tinampa-an


Cadiz traces its beginnings to the establishment of a traditional settlement in a place known as Cadiz Viejo, near the banks of Hitalon River. Historical records showed that in 1861, the Spaniards came and named the settlement Cadiz because of its northern location which reminded them of the seaport by the same name in Spain.

Cadiz became a municipality independent from Saravia (now E.B Magalona) in 1878. Its first appointed Gobernadorcillo was Antonio Cabahug, married to Capitana Francisca Cito. The outbreak of the Spanish–American War saw Cadiz taking part in the insurrection. Her sons and daughters headed by Francisco Abelarde, took up arms against their Spanish masters.

During the short-lived government of the cantonal state of the Federal Republica de Negros, Jose Lopez Vito was elected its president. At the onset of American rule, Cadiz was on its way to prosperity with the operation of two lumber companies in the area. The war years brought a stop to all these economic activities and much suffering to the people of Cadiz. The resistance movement put up the civil government in the mountains to deal with civilian affairs. In the post-war election of 1952, Joaquin Ledesma was elected mayor.

On July 1967, Cadiz was inaugurated as a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 4894 which was passed by Congress on June 17, 1967. The Act was authored by Congressman Armando Gustilo.


Population census of Cadiz
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 119,772 —    
1995 125,943 +1.01%
2000 141,954 +2.42%
2007 150,750 +0.86%
2010 151,500 +0.17%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


Hiligaynon is the major language of Cadiz city with difference to tone and accent from the hiligaynon used in Bacolod city. It was also mixed with Cebuano words.

Local government[edit]

Elected city officials (2010–2013):[5]

Office Name
City Mayor's Office Hon. Patrick G. Escalante
City Vice Mayor/ SP Office Hon. Samson C. Mirhan
  • Lilia O. Decolongon
  • Agustin Jesmar C. Desuyo
  • Wilfredo F. Cervantes
  • Sixto V. Guanzon, Jr.
  • Vicente William M. Tabanao
  • Marcelo C. Metuda, Sr.
  • Abiezer B. Bacomo, Sr.
  • Antonio U. Lacson, III
  • Denia Puey Hinolan
  • Juan P. Musa Jr.
  • Arthur N. Lamis
  • Jebmarie R. Becaro

List of former mayors[edit]

Year Mayor
1878-1879 Antonio Cabahug
1879-1880 Mamerto Vito
1880-1882 Luis Vito
1882-1884 Pedro de los Santos
1884-1885 Ceferino de los Santos
1885-1886 Procopio Abelarde
1887-188 Quintin Barilea
1889-1890 Carlos Lazaro
1890-1892 Gil Javier
1892-1894 Tomas Belmonte
1894-1895 Gil Lopez Villanueva
1896-1897 Mateo Lazaro
1898-1900 José Lopez Vito
1900-1901 Miguel Araullo
1902-1903 Francisco Abelarde
1904-1905 Amado Panes
1906-1907 Fermin Belmonte
1908-1911 Ildefonso Monfort
1912-1915 Catalino Delos Santos
1916-1918 Fermin Belmonte
1919-1921 Emilio Rodriguez
1922-1931 Carlos Magalona
1932-1935 Agustin Javier
1935-1942 Pedro Villena
1942-1945 Manuel Escalante
1945-1946 Pedro Villena
1947-1955 Joaquin Ledesma
1955-1975 Heracleo Villacin, Sr.
1975-1983 Pedro Ramos, Sr.
1983-1986 Prudencio Olvido
1986-1992 Rowena V. Guanzon
1992-1994 Vicente Tabanao
1994-2001 Eduardo Varela
2001-2010 Salvador Escalante, Jr.
2010–present Patrick Escalante

Typhoon Haiyan 2013[edit]

The city was heavily damaged by the typhoon. Around 20,000 homes were damaged. In the island of Lakawon, from 250 homes, 10 was left standing. No casualties were reported around the city.


Philippine Normal University North Negros College CEDAR College Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School Holy Infant Academy


Cadiz City is a one hour drive from Bacolod City, the capital city of Negros Occidental, by private car and an hour and fifteen minutes ride by a passenger bus. The Vallacar Transit (Ceres), The largest bus company has a terminal in the city. Buses plying San Carlos, Dumaguete, and the nearby municipalities make short stop over in the city. Other services of transportations available are PUJ and van for hire vehicles. Cadiz City is also accessible to Cebu via the cities of San Carlos and Escalante. Passenger bus for Cebu also passed by at the bus terminal on scheduled trips.

By sea[edit]

There used to be two ferry boats of private company transporting cargoes and passengers to/from Bantayan Island.


  1. ^ "Cities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Negros Occidental". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines!". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 

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