La Libertad, Negros Oriental

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La Libertad
Municipality of La Libertad
Sunset view taken at a beach in La Libertad
Sunset view taken at a beach in La Libertad
Map of Negros Oriental with La Libertad highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with La Libertad highlighted
La Libertad is located in Philippines
La Libertad
La Libertad
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°02′N 123°13′E / 10.03°N 123.22°E / 10.03; 123.22Coordinates: 10°02′N 123°13′E / 10.03°N 123.22°E / 10.03; 123.22
RegionCentral Visayas
ProvinceNegros Oriental
District 1st district
FoundedJanuary 10, 1919
Barangays29 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEmmanuel L. Iway (LP)
 • Vice MayorLawrence D. Limkaichong (LP)
 • RepresentativeJocelyn Sy-Limkaichong
 • Municipal Council
 • Electorate25,511 voters (2022)
 • Total139.60 km2 (53.90 sq mi)
50 m (160 ft)
Highest elevation
556 m (1,824 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total41,089
 • Density290/km2 (760/sq mi)
 • Households
 • Income class3rd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence
% (2018)[4]
 • Revenue₱ 147.8 million (2020)
 • Assets₱ 699.5 million (2020)
 • Expenditure₱ 225 million (2020)
 • Liabilities₱ 227.6 million (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricityNegros Oriental 1 Electric Cooperative (NORECO 1)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)35
Native languagesCebuano

La Libertad, officially the Municipality of La Libertad (Cebuano: Lungsod sa La Libertad; Tagalog: Bayan ng La Libertad), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 41,089 people. [3]


"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 kilometres (65 mi) north of Dumaguete."

"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 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 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 from 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 the 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)

La Libertad was severely affected during the 2012 Visayas earthquake, that caused landslides killing dozens of people.[5]



La Libertad is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.

  • Aya
  • Aniniao
  • Bagtic
  • Biga-a
  • Busilak
  • Cangabo
  • Cantupa
  • Eli
  • Guihob
  • Kansumandig
  • Mambulod
  • Mandapaton
  • Manghulyawon
  • Manluminsag
  • Mapalasan
  • Maragondong
  • Martilo
  • Nasungan
  • Pacuan
  • Pangca
  • Pisong
  • Pitogo
  • Poblacion North
  • Poblacion South
  • San Jose
  • Solonggon
  • Tala-on
  • Talayong
  • Elecia


Climate data for La Libertad, Negros Oriental
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 23
Average precipitation mm (inches) 42
Average rainy days 10.0 8.5 9.5 12.8 22.3 26.8 28.4 27.9 27.3 27.6 20.5 13.1 234.7
Source: Meteoblue[6]



Elementary schools:

  1. Agbobolo ES
  2. Aniniaw ES
  3. Aya ES
  4. Bagtic ES
  5. Bigaa ES
  6. Busilac ES
  7. Cangabo ES
  8. Eli ES
  9. Guihob ES
  10. Kansumandig ES
  11. La Libertad CES
  12. La Liberbertad North Pob PS
  13. Mambulod ES
  14. Mandapaton ES
  15. Manghulyawon ES
  16. Manluminsag ES
  17. Mapalasan ES
  18. Martilo ES
  19. Nasunggan ES
  20. Pacuan ES
  21. Pangca ES
  22. Pisong ES
  23. Pitogo ES
  24. San Jose ES
  25. Solonggon ES
  26. Tala-on ES
  27. Talostos ES


  1. La Libertad Technical Vocational School
  2. Pacuan National High School
  3. Saint Francis School (private)


Population census of La Libertad
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,732—    
1939 17,795+4.43%
1948 18,770+0.59%
1960 25,335+2.53%
1970 29,693+1.60%
1975 31,460+1.17%
1980 30,730−0.47%
1990 29,958−0.25%
1995 32,456+1.51%
2000 35,122+1.71%
2007 37,007+0.72%
2010 38,904+1.84%
2015 38,602−0.15%
2020 41,089+1.24%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[14][15][16][17]


The construction of swimming pool at La Limar had already been completed and is operational. Presently, La Limar is catering to seminars, weddings, family reunions and other services which is being handled by the Local Government.

The 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 who was also a former mayor of the town.


Elected municipal officials (2010–2013):

  • Mayor: Emmanuel Iway
  • Vice Mayor: Lawrence Limkaichong
  • Councilors:
    • 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[edit]

Date Position Name
1919–1922 President Isaac Dionaldo
Vice-president Narciso Absin
Secretary Francisco Bautista
Councilors Pio Banogon
Luciano Libo-on
Ireneo Villaespin
Felipe Absin
Andres Absin
Fabio Torres
Leon Bonda-on
Brigido Sabanal
1922–1924 President Isaac Dionaldo
Vice-president Fabio Torres
Secretary Roberto Estoconing
Councilors Margarito Gallosa
Pedro Timtim
Isaias Emperado
Antonio Torres
Pastor Carinal
Marcelo Libo-on
Bregido Sabanal
Benedicto Libo-on
1925 President Isaac Dionaldo
Vice-president Fabio Torres
Secretary Roberto Estoconing
Councilors Antonio E. Torres
Pedrom Timtim
Pator Carinal
Margarito Gallosa
Marcelo Libo-on
Brigido Sabanal
Daniel Donaldo
Benedicto Libo-on, Sr.
1926–1927 President Fabio Torres
Vice-president Daniel Dionaldo
Secretary Roberto Estoconing
Councilors Brigido Sabanal
Antonio E. Torres
Leopoldo Dionaldo
Aquilino Ricarte
Pedro E. Torres
Teodoro Absin
Felix Camero


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