Barotac Nuevo

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Barotac Nuevo
Municipality of Barotac Nuevo
Nickname(s): Football Capital of the Philippines
Map of Iloilo with Barotac Nuevo highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Barotac Nuevo highlighted
Barotac Nuevo is located in Philippines
Barotac Nuevo
Barotac Nuevo
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°54′N 122°42′E / 10.9°N 122.7°E / 10.9; 122.7Coordinates: 10°54′N 122°42′E / 10.9°N 122.7°E / 10.9; 122.7
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
District 4th district of Iloilo
Barangays 29 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Braeden John Q. Biron
 • Electorate 32,609 voters (2016)
 • Total 94.49 km2 (36.48 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 54,146
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 5007
PSGC 063007000
IDD:area code +63 (0)33
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 2nd municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 127,638,307.70 (2016)

Barotac Nuevo, officially the Municipality of Barotac Nuevo, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 54,146 people.[3]

The town is 31 kilometres (19 mi) from the provincial capital of Iloilo City. The town is bordered by Pototan to the west, Dingle to the north-west, Anilao to the north-east, and Dumangas to the south. The town is also officially known as the Football Capital of the Philippines.


Barotac Nuevo is politically subdivided into 29 barangays:[2]

  • Acuit
  • Agcuyawan Calsada
  • Agcuyawan Pulo
  • Bagongbong
  • Baras
  • Bungca
  • Cabilauan
  • Cruz
  • Guintas
  • Igbong
  • Ilaud Poblacion
  • Ilaya Poblacion
  • Jalaud
  • Lagubang
  • Lanas
  • Lico-an
  • Linao
  • Monpon
  • Palaciawan
  • Patag
  • Salihid
  • So-ol
  • Sohoton
  • Tabuc-Suba
  • Tabucan
  • Talisay
  • Tinorian
  • Tiwi
  • Tubungan


The name Barotac is from the Spanish word baro, which means mud, as well as the last syllables of tac and lutac. With nuevo, translated as new, added to the name, it distinguished it from another town called Barotac Viejo just north.

According to local folklore, Barotac Nuevo was famous for its well-bred horses. There was once a horse called Tamasak, a pure white stallion known for its strength, in the stead of one Don Simon, and who was offered much if he could sell it to Manuel Gonzales de Aguilar, the Governor General of the country at that time. Don Simon eventually sold Tamasak. But not for money, but for title, and separation from the town of Dumangas, which it was just a smaller section thereof. The barrio once known as Mulatac now stands the town of Barotac Nuevo.

Barotac Nuevo is a small town whose main industry and capital is in agriculture. The town church was built during the 16th century by Spanish missionaries.


Population census of Barotac Nuevo
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,904—    
1918 13,299+1.98%
1939 20,572+2.10%
1948 21,860+0.68%
1960 23,164+0.48%
1970 30,131+2.66%
1975 33,443+2.11%
1980 34,276+0.49%
1990 39,757+1.49%
1995 40,968+0.56%
2000 45,804+2.42%
2007 49,515+1.08%
2010 51,867+1.70%
2015 54,146+0.82%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Barotac Nuevo was 54,146 people,[3] with a density of 570 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,500 inhabitants per square mile.

The primary language spoken in Barotac Nuevo is Hiligaynon, also known as Ilonggo, and the population is predominantly Roman Catholic.


The town's agricultural output includes rice, sugar cane, and spinach. Marine products such as milkfish and tilapia are harvested from local fisheries. There are usually three annual rice harvests, depending on the season.


Football is popular in Barotac Nuevo which is usually dubbed as the football capital of the Philippines. A football field is present in the town plaza. Every summer season, a local football league is held. Stallion F.C. of the United Football League was founded in Barotac Nuevo. There is only one basketball court in town and is rarely used.[7]


This town has excellent telecommunications facilities. Cellular companies provide sufficient coverage. Smart Communications has a cellsite in the middle of the town providing voice, texting and data services over the GSM network. Smart is likewise providing 3G and HSPA services, putting this town at par with European cities with its advance technology. This HSPA network can provide broadband internet connection with speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s. Barotacnon can move around the town with their laptop connected to the internet. SmartBRO is also available for fixed internet service. There are also cell sites located at Brgy. Tiwi providing services not only at Brgy. Tiwi but also to the other barangays located far from the town.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  6. ^ "Province of Iloilo". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Bello, Omar (18 September 2013). "FITNESS No-nonsense Caligdong recalls how Barotac days shaped him as a player and person". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 

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