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Official seal of Himamaylan
Motto: Onward To More Progress
Map of Negros Occidental with Himamaylan highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Himamaylan highlighted
Himamaylan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°06′N 122°52′E / 10.100°N 122.867°E / 10.100; 122.867Coordinates: 10°06′N 122°52′E / 10.100°N 122.867°E / 10.100; 122.867
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Negros Occidental
District 5th district of Negros Occidental
Founded 1575
Cityhood March 5, 2001
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Agustin Ernesto G. Bascon
 • Vice Mayor Carminia G. Bascon
 • Total 367.04 km2 (141.71 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 103,006
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 6108
Dialing code 034
Income class 3rd class city; partially urban
Website himamaylancity.gov.ph

Himamaylan is a third class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 103,006 people.[3] Himamaylan is 83 kilometres (52 mi) south of Bacolod City, the provincial capital. Due to its coastal location, it is a rich source of fish, oysters and mussels.

Himamaylan became a city on March 5, 2001, through a proclamation by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under Republic Act No. 9028. It is the only city in the 5th District of Negros Occidental.


The term "Himamaylan" is a portmanteau of the Hiligaynon words hima and babaylan. It is alleged that the settlement's early Malay inhabitants suffered from a foot malady called hima, and their employment of witch doctors called babaylan caused the Spanish occupiers to call them Himamaylan.[4][5]


Himamaylan is located at the center-most cove on the coastline of Negros Island. Himamaylan has a natural harbor characterized by deep water favorable to access by marine vessels.

Located in the center of Negros island, with Negros central to Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, the city is conducive to operations reaching all parts of the country and the rest of the world from a strategic point. Most portions of the city are plains and generally have fertile soil, conducive for agriculture. The city's rivers are 12 feet or deeper, providing drainage for farmland.


Himamaylan City is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.[2]

  • Aguisan
  • Buenavista
  • Cabadiangan
  • Cabanbanan
  • Carabalan
  • Caradio-an
  • Libacao
  • Mambagaton
  • Nabali-an
  • Mahalang
  • San Antonio
  • Sara-et
  • Su-ay
  • Talaban
  • To-oy
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)


In 1795, Himamaylan became the capital of Negros.[6] At that time, the city served as a garrison for occupying Spanish forces. Today, the old Spanish-built fort constructed as a lookout point for frequent Muslim raids is one of the historical attractions found in the city.[4]


Population census of Himamaylan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 81,014 —    
1995 83,268 +0.52%
2000 88,684 +1.36%
2007 102,014 +1.95%
2010 103,006 +0.35%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][7]


The city's main sources of livelihood include fishery, sugar production, rice production, mango cultivation, and ethanol exports.[5]


  1. ^ "Cities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 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 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Negros Occidental, Himamaylan City". Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  5. ^ a b "About Himamaylan City". Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Inside Negros: Himamaylan City". Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Province of Negros Occidental". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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