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Map of Negros Occidental with Hinigaran highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Hinigaran highlighted
Hinigaran is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°16′N 122°51′E / 10.267°N 122.850°E / 10.267; 122.850Coordinates: 10°16′N 122°51′E / 10.267°N 122.850°E / 10.267; 122.850
Country Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR)
Province Negros Occidental
Congr. district 5th district of Negros Occidental
Established 1768
Barangays 24
 • Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar
 • Total 154.92 km2 (59.81 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 81,925
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6106
Dialing code 34

Hinigaran is a first class municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines, about 54 kilometres (34 mi) south from Bacolod City. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 81,925 people.[3]


Hinigaran is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

  • Anahaw
  • Aranda
  • Baga-as
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Bato
  • Calapi
  • Camalobalo
  • Camba-og
  • Cambugsa
  • Candumarao
  • Gargato
  • Himaya
  • Miranda
  • Nanunga
  • Narauis
  • Palayog
  • Paticui
  • Pilar
  • Quiwi
  • Tagda
  • Tuguis


The early inhabitants of this town were the semi-primitive people called "Mundos" and "Ambaks". When traders and settlers from Panay started moving in, the natives were driven to the mountains. The new settlers were called "Tagahigad" and when the Spaniards came the place was called "Ginigaran" from the word "higad" but it was later spelled and pronounced as Hinigaran.

The town was founded in 1765 and Captain Basilio Mongcal was appointed as the first president in 1806. Among its first settlers were the families of Mongcal, Lagtapon, Cosio,Sario, David, Orin, Pido, Pabalinas, Luntayao, Javier, Vargas, Lucasan, Grijaldo, Villadelgado and Dano-og—some of whom were from Panay.

The Spaniards established the seat of the "pueblo" in Jacinto and Zamora Streets, and the town was governed by "Capitanes Municipales", Tenientes Absolato" and Cabeza de Barangays". When revolt against the Spanish Government broke out, Capitan Bibiano Gelvosa and his followers fought bravely against the Spaniards. He was the last "Capitan Municipal" when the Americans arrived.


Population census of Hinigaran
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 68,739 —    
1995 71,519 +0.75%
2000 74,997 +1.02%
2007 80,528 +0.99%
2010 81,925 +0.63%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]




  • San Jose Muscovado Sugar Mill
  • Brgy. Pilar' World War II Marker
  • Mary Magdalene Church


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Negros Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Negros Occidental". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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