La Libertad, Negros Oriental
|Municipality of La Libertad|
Sunset view taken at a beach in La Libertad
Map of Negros Oriental with La Libertad highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||1st district of Negros Oriental|
|Founded||January 10, 1919|
|Barangays||29 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Emmanuel Iway|
|• Vice Mayor||Lawrence D. Limkaichong|
|• Electorate||22,603 voters (2016)|
|• Total||139.60 km2 (53.90 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||280/km2 (720/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)35|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||3rd municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||103,504,377.30 (2016)|
La Libertad, officially the Municipality of La Libertad, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 38,602 people.
La Libertad is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.
- Bagtic / Capt. Nemse Anito
- Biga-a / Capt. Lucy Apatan
- Cangabo / Capt. Samuel Moraga
- Guihob / Capt. Ganny Bongaitan
- Martilo / Capt. Amador Suminggit
- Nasungan / Capt. Andres Pacunla, Jr.
- Pacuan / Capt. Thelma Babylonia
- Pisong / Capt. Roy Opada
- Poblacion North /Capt. Ritcho Absin
- Poblacion South / Capt. Lucelle Timtim
- San Jose / Capt. Glory S.Potestas
- Solonggon / Capt. Rene Gargoles
- Talayong / Capt. Ronald Gallosa
"The history of a nation is often interwoven with persons who in one way or another have been instrumental in its progress-political, educational, economic,social and to some extnt religious. Such is the history of a small barrio turned into a beautiful town. This is a brief history of La Libertad, a town 105 kilometers north of Dumaguete City."
"Hugging closely the coasts of Tanon Strait, and nesting cozily in the wide and fertile valley swept by the Hinoba-an River lines, La liBertad against a backdrop of a sylvan scenery. It bears a Castillan name which connotes "freedom" and whose yesteryears are filled with tender memories."
"Barrio Hinoba-an During the Spanish Regime. The place was then inhabited by the primitive tribes who were mostly Negritos. Several enterprising families from neighboring towns and distant provinces came to settle in this barrio. Among the first pioneers was a certain Pedro Absin. He came from the distant province of Camarines Sur with the Spanish friars, who spread the Christian religion to this part of Negros. He married a lovely lass who later was baptized as Mauricia. This was the beginning of the large and progressive Francisco Acar Absin clan."
"The other families were the Facturans from Jimalalud, the Carinals from Tayasan, and the de Paduas form Ilo-ilo. These people were the leading pioneer families of the "old" Hinoba-an. Most of them were engaged in farming and fishing."
"The fertile valleys of Hinoba-an were so enticing that several families immigrated to this barrio in the later part of the Spanish period. One of the prominent families that moved in was the Libo-on family. The head of this family was an Ilonggo. However, he did not come directly to Hinoba-an. A certain Maestro Tomas Libo-on of Miag-ao, Iloilo, arrived at the barrio of Jimalalud where he was employed as a private tutor by some families. He was a widower when he came but he brought with him his only son, Luciano, and a niece, Romana Libo-on. They lived in the barrio for several years. Later, Luciano was married to Bernabela Facturan, a native of the place. However, they were attracted by the richness of the soil of the neighboring barrio of Hinoba-an. They bought a pave of land at the mouth of the Hinoba-an River and built their first house there.
"Another family worthy of mention is the Banogon family. The head of this clan was Pio Banogon. Born on May 5, 1876 in Tanjay, another town of this province, Pio grew to be a promising young man. After he finished grade school, his parents sent him to Manila to study at San Juan de Letran for two years. When he returned home, he was so moved by his adventurous spirit that he decided to go northward. In 1896, he arrived at Jimalalud. It was in this barrio where he found his life's mate, one Petra Sevilla, a scion of the Facturans of Jimalalud. Like the others, the Banogons were also magnetized by the richness of the farmland of Hinoba-an. They bought some parcels of land at Canlaro in the barrio of San Jose and at Binatangan in Martilo."
"The other prominent families that moved to Hinoba-an were the Dionaldos from Moalboal, Cebu; the Somozas from Bais; the Emperados from Ayungon; and the Villaesters from Toledo, Cebu."
(lifted from "Souvenir Program 50th Anniversary of the creation of La Libertad as a Municipality of Negros Oriental, Dec 30, 31, 1968; Jan 1, 1969)
- Agbobolo ES
- Aniniaw ES
- Aya ES
- Bagtic ES
- Bigaa ES
- Busilac ES
- Cangabo ES
- Eli ES
- Guihob ES
- Kansumandig ES
- La Libertad CES
- La Liberbertad North Pob PS
- Mambulod ES
- Mandapaton ES
- Manghulyawon ES
- Manluminsag ES
- Mapalasan ES
- Martilo ES
- Nasunggan ES
- Pacuan ES
- Pangca ES
- Pisong ES
- Pitogo ES
- San Jose ES
- Solonggon ES
- Tala-on ES
- Talostos ES
- La Libertad Technical Vocational School
- Pacuan National High School
- Saint Francis School (private)
|Population census of La Libertad|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The construction of swimming pool at La Limar had already been completed and is now operational. Presently, La Limar is now catering to seminars, weddings, family reunions and other services which is being handled by the Local Government.
Our Local Government is now actively participating in the promotion of local tourism and we are showcasing our La Li Mar beach Resort located at San Jose, La Libertad.
The project was initiated by Congresswoman Jocelyn S. Limkaichong was also the former mayor of the town.
Elected municipal officials (2010–2013):
- Mayor: Emmanuel Iway
- Vice Mayor: Lawrence Limkaichong
- Nancy Temonio Laturnas
- Ronald Opada
- Ronie Bulabon
- Emelia Luz Medes
- Leonida Rios
- Jellenito Cayetano
- Bertoldo Burlasa
- Jovito Sabanal
- ABC President: Ronald Gallosa
- SK Federation President: PJ Arriesgado
List of former elective officials
|Councilors||Antonio E. Torres|
|Benedicto Libo-on, Sr.|
|Antonio E. Torres|
|Pedro E. Torres|
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