San Jose, Negros Oriental

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San Jose
Map of Negros Oriental with San Jose highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with San Jose highlighted
San Jose is located in Philippines
San Jose
San Jose
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°25′N 123°14′E / 9.417°N 123.233°E / 9.417; 123.233Coordinates: 09°25′N 123°14′E / 9.417°N 123.233°E / 9.417; 123.233
Country Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR)
Province Negros Oriental
Congr. district 2nd district of Negros Oriental
Established 1954
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Carmelo Emmanuel M. Remollo
 • Total 54.46 km2 (21.03 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 19,098
 • Density 350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6202
Dialing code 35

San Jose is a fifth class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 19,098 people.[3] San Jose is the Regional Pineapple Capital.


San Jose is politically subdivided into 14 barangays, shown here with population as of 2010 Census:

  • Basak - 888
  • Basiao - 596
  • Cambaloctot - 557
  • Cancawas - 1,527
  • Janayjanay - 933
  • Jilocon - 1,728
  • Naiba - 671
  • Poblacion - 1,035
  • San Roque - 816
  • Santo Niño - 2,195
  • Señora Ascion (Calo) - 1,690
  • Siapo - 2,136
  • Tampi - 1,837
  • Tapon Norte - 2,489


The municipality of San Jose was formerly called "Ayuquitan", a name that was born due to a communication problem between the natives and Spanish Conquistadors. The story was that one day a group of Spaniards searching for flourishing communities came upon a group of natives harvesting rice. The Spaniards approached the natives and asked the name of the place while pointing to the ground filled with piles of rice chaffs. The natives thought they were asked for the name of the pile and answered "Inoquitan". From then on, the Spaniards called the place "Inoquitan". In time, the name "Ayuquitan" was adapted from the phrase "may inoquitan". In 1902 Governor Demetrio Larena considered the place as a pueblo. San Jose is the home of the old Spanish families settled since 1871 like the Patero, Amiscaray, Larena, Pareja, Siglos, Remollo, Renacia, Remata, Araco and Remoto.

San Jose was created as a town in 1954 from the barrios of Ayuquitan, Basak, Basiao, Cambaloctot, Calo, Cancawas, Hanay-Hanay, Jilocon, Lalaan, Naiba, Tapon Norte, Tampi, and sitios Guinsayawan, Kang-atid, Kangdajonog, Guilongsoran and Kaputihanan of the barrio of Siapo, all of which formerly belonged to the former municipality of Ayuquitan and then part of the municipality of Amlan.[4]


Population census of San Jose
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,821 —    
1995 14,952 +2.92%
2000 15,665 +1.00%
2007 17,250 +1.34%
2010 19,098 +3.77%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


The town is the gateway to the Twin Lakes Natural Park in Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan Town.

One of the tourist attraction of the town was the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in the cane fields of Cambaluctot, where a spinning sun is said to have manifested the visit of the Lady of Lourdes, devotees flock every Saturday of the month.

The Ayuquitan Festival is held every May 7, one of the highlights of the town fiesta which is celebrated on May 10. Street dancing and showdown are the main features of the festival.

The St. Paul University Farm in Barangay Sra. Acion


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 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 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of San Jose, Province of Negros Oriental". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 

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