Jimalalud, Negros Oriental

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Jimalalud
Municipality
Nickname(s): Little Big Town
Map of Negros Oriental with Jimalalud highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Jimalalud highlighted
Jimalalud is located in Philippines
Jimalalud
Jimalalud
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°59′N 123°12′E / 9.983°N 123.200°E / 9.983; 123.200Coordinates: 09°59′N 123°12′E / 9.983°N 123.200°E / 9.983; 123.200
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Negros Oriental
Congr. district 1st district of Negros Oriental
Barangays 28
Government[1]
 • Mayor Reynaldo V. Tuanda
 • Vice-Mayor Christopher H. Ampong
Area[2]
 • Total 139.50 km2 (53.86 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 29,044
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6212
Dialing code 35

Jimalalud is a 4th class, partially urban municipality in the first congressional district of the province of Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,044 people.[3] Jimalalud has a land area of 139,500,00 square meters (139.50 square kilometers).[4][5]

History[edit]

Jimalalud was founded in 1797 as part of Tayasan. In 1910, it was separated from Tayasan and became an independent municipality.

Boundless sugar cane fields, typical of the northern landscape, green Jimalalud most months of the year. It has reported rich deposits of coal, copper, iron and related compounds of magnetite, pyrites and marcasite, but the lodes remain untouched. A Spanish soldier was said to have asked a native the name of the place, indicating the area. The native thought he was referring to a tree, and so informed the soldier that the tree was called a “hambabalud.”

In the late 1800s the Recollects built here a convent of hardwoods, an imposing structure that was reputed to be the biggest convent in the Province for over a quarter of a century. The Revolution against Spain compelled the friars to leave and the convent fell into disrepair. Jimalalud was made a town independent of Tayasan in 1910. In 1944 WWII guerillas burned down the entire town, leaving Jimalalud without a historical landmark standing. Barrio Bankal was the seat of the 7th District Government during World War II.

The pageantry of its revived Sinulog keeps Jimalalud’s religious and cultural heritage alive in a colorful way. Fiesta time and other special occasions usually bring on the town’s stallions for the exciting, if brutal, spectacle of the Paaway sa Kabayo.

Most times, Jimalalud is serene and green, and the plaza is the picturesque public space for imbibing the town’s pastoral ambience.[6]

Barangays[edit]

Jimalalud is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.[2]

  • Aglahug
  • Agutayon
  • Ampanangon
  • Bae
  • Bala-as
  • Bangcal
  • Banog
  • Buto
  • Cabang
  • Camandayon
  • Cangharay
  • Canlahao
  • Dayoyo
  • Yli
  • Lacaon
  • Mahanlud
  • Malabago
  • Mambaid
  • Mongpong
  • Owacan
  • Pacuan
  • Panglaya-an
  • North Poblacion
  • South Poblacion
  • Polopantao
  • Sampiniton
  • Talamban
  • Tamao

Education[edit]

There are 2 nationally-funded high school in Jimalalud, Jimalalud National High School & Owacan National High School, and Infant King Academy manage by Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM).

Population[edit]

Population census of Jimalalud
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 22,089 —    
1995 23,514 +1.18%
2000 26,756 +2.81%
2007 27,728 +0.49%
2010 29,044 +1.70%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 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 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Local Government Unit of Negros Oriental Province", Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. ^ "About Jimalalud, Negros Oriental", Jimalalud Online Forum. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  6. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism. Retrieved 2013-05-28.

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