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Nickname(s): Little Big Town
Map of Negros Oriental with Jimalalud highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Jimalalud highlighted
Jimalalud is located in Philippines
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 Negros Island Region (NIR/Region XVIII)
Province Negros Oriental
District 1st district of Negros Oriental
Barangays 28
 • Mayor Reynaldo Tuanda
 • Vice Mayor Hazel Billones
 • 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
IDD:area code 35

Jimalalud is a 4th class, partially urban municipality in the first congressional district of the province of Negros Oriental, Negros Island Region, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,044 people.[3] Jimalalud has a land area of 139.50 square kilometres (53.86 sq mi).[4][5]


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, fill the lush lands of 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" (terminalia calamansanai).

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 World War II 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]


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


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


Population census of Jimalalud
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,613 —    
1918 17,828 +11.23%
1939 14,553 −0.96%
1948 14,639 +0.07%
1960 16,572 +1.04%
1970 18,568 +1.14%
1975 19,036 +0.50%
1980 18,863 −0.18%
1990 22,089 +1.59%
1995 23,514 +1.18%
2000 26,756 +2.81%
2007 27,728 +0.49%
2010 29,044 +1.70%
2015 30,945 +1.21%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Elected Mayors – Vice Mayors and Councilors in Negros Oriental". Dumaguete.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2013. 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.
  7. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Negros Island Region (NIR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Province of Negros Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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