New Lucena, Iloilo

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New Lucena
New Lucena Town Hall
New Lucena Town Hall
Official seal of New Lucena
Nickname(s): Child Friendly Municipality in Iloilo
Map of Iloilo with New Lucena highlighted
Map of Iloilo with New Lucena highlighted
New Lucena is located in Philippines
New Lucena
New Lucena
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°53′N 122°36′E / 10.88°N 122.6°E / 10.88; 122.6Coordinates: 10°53′N 122°36′E / 10.88°N 122.6°E / 10.88; 122.6
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 2nd district of Iloilo
Established October 9, 1877
Reestablished January 1, 1947
Barangays 21
 • Mayor Christian Doligosa Soroñgon[1]
 • Vice Mayor Erwin Sustento
 • Total 44.10 km2 (17.03 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[4]
 • Total 23,240
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5005
IDD:area code +63 (0)33

New Lucena is a fourth class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,240 people.[4]

The "New" in the name was added in 1955.[5]


The Municipality of New Lucena is located in the central portion of the Province of Iloilo. New Lucena has a total land area of 4,410 hectares (10,900 acres), or 0.83% of the total area of Iloilo Province. It is 24 kilometres (15 mi) away from Iloilo City. It is bounded on the north-east by the Municipality of Pototan, on the southeast by the Municipality of Zarraga, on the south-west by the Municipality of Sta. Barbara and on the north-west by the Municipality of Cabatuan and a little portion of Mina.

The town proper of New Lucena could be traversed by land either way via Dawis-Zarraga or via Sta. Barbara. New Lucena is crisscrossed by the roads from the north to south and east to west thus providing roads for easy means of transportation.


New Lucena partly belongs to the first district climate region in the province that is the region dry from December to June and wet from July to November. The average monthly rainfall for 1984 is 263.48 cu.m. and an average humidity of 79.83%


The soil classification map of New Lucena reflects two types of soil, namely the Alimodian Clay Loam and the Sta. Rita Clay Loam. The Alimodian Clay Loam is found in barangay Janipa-an Oeste and Badiang, also occupying the larger portion of barangay Jelicuon Oeste, Cabugao, Wari-wari, Cabilauan and Guinobatan; then in the small portion of Barangay Bololacao, Bilidan and Bita-og Gaja

The Sta. Rita Clay Loam covers the Barangay Cagban, Burot, General Delgado, Baclayan, Poblacion, Dawis, Balabag, Damires, Calumbuyan, Jelicuon Este and Pasil; also occupying the larger parts of Bita-og gaja, Bilidan and Bololacao; then occupying a smaller portion of Barangay Wari-wari, Cabugao and Guinobatan. Its corresponding type, areas coverage and percentage from the total land area are as follows: The Alimodian Clay Loam covers an area of 1525 hectares is 34.56% of the total land area. The Sta. Rita Clay Loam covers an area of 2887 and 65.44% of the total land area.


The degree of inclination of the municipality ranges from 0 to 15%. It is best described as broad to level land so moderately undulating and gently rolling land sloping in more than one direction. The slope category A with 0-3% best described as broad to level nearly level, has a total land coverage area of 1475 hectares representing 33.43% of the total land area; 3-5 percent slope or slope category B covers an area of 1762 hectares or 39.94% of the total land area. The 5-8% slope or category C has a total area coverage of 1050 hectares or 23.80% of the total land area. And the 8-15% slope representing the smallest figure of 125 hectares is 2.83% of the total land area.


New Lucena is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.[3]

  • Baclayan
  • Badiang
  • Balabag
  • Bilidan
  • Bita-og Gaja
  • Bololacao
  • Burot
  • Cabilauan
  • Cabugao
  • Cagban
  • Calumbuyan
  • Damires
  • Dawis
  • General Delgado
  • Guinobatan
  • Janipa-an Oeste
  • Jelicuon Este
  • Jelicuon Oeste
  • Pasil
  • Poblacion
  • Wari-wari


Municipality of New Lucena was formerly known as Jimanban, a very small barrio organized sometime in 1800, which was a part of the Municipality of Cabatuan. In 1886 the boundary line separating the jurisdiction of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan was defined and Jimanban was made part of Sta. Barbara. Intermerriage among the people increased the area's population

Led by Bartolome Valenzuela, a prominent resident of the barrio (Jimanban) the resident organized themselves and petioned the governor general that they be granted independence by putting up a church, convent and a casa real (municipal building). With the help of the provincial officials and captain municipal of the municipalities of Sta. Barbara, Cabatuan and Pototan, Lucena was separated from Sta. Barbara on October 9, 1877 in accordance with the Dirrecion General De Administration Civil. The first Municipal Officials were elected and the first captain municipal was Bartolome Valenzuela known as Tan Abe, the grandfather of then Senator Tomas Confessor and Representative Patricio Confessor.

It is not recorded when Jimanban was changed to New Lucena but Lucena reportedly comes from dialect Lu (Ulo) which means "head"and "cena" which is the short version for the flower azucena, which means pure and peaceful. Thus, Lucena means pure and peaceful leader.

Another belief was that, Jimanban was changed to Lucena after the name of the Provincial Alcalde Mayor Pedro Gonzales Lucena, the 36th Executive of the Province of Iloilo in 1716-1717.

When the Americans came, Pueblo de Lucena was again in incorporated to the Municipal of Sta. Barbara in 1902 for economic security and facilitation of government. In 1921, the prominent cicitizens of Lucena petioned for its separation from Sta. Barbara. On January 1, 1947, Lucena became a new town in the Province of Iloilo, thus it is now called New Lucena.


Population census of New Lucena
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 16,910 —    
1995 16,873 −0.04%
2000 19,490 +3.14%
2007 21,318 +1.24%
2010 22,174 +1.44%
2015 23,240 +0.90%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of New Lucena, Iloilo, was 23,240 people,[4] with a density of 530 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,400 inhabitants per square mile.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "An Act to Change the Name of the Municipality of Lucena, Province of Iloilo, to That of "new Lucena"". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Province of Iloilo". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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