Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental
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|Municipality of Vallehermoso|
Map of Negros Oriental with Vallehermoso highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||1st district of Negros Oriental|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Marianne "An-an" Serion Gustilo|
|• Vice Mayor||Oliver S. Bongoyan|
|• Electorate||20,827 voters (2016)|
|• Total||101.25 km2 (39.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||380/km2 (980/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)35|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||3rd municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||91.5 million (2016)|
Vallehermoso, officially the Municipality of Vallehermoso, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 38,259 people.
It is located right along the border with Negros Occidental. It is also roughly equidistant to three cities: 29 kilometres (18 mi) north from Guihulngan, 21 kilometres (13 mi) south from San Carlos, and 29 kilometres (18 mi) west from Canlaon.
Main source of livelihood is through fishing and farming, while the vast majority is still dependent upon third hand expenditures. Currently, the town has been dubbed as a 4th class municipality mainly for its lack of opportunities to alleviate income and spending.
Vallehermoso is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.
- Don Espiridion Villegas
The town was the official residence of the revolutionary leader and hero of Negros Oriental, Don Diego de la Viña y de la Rosa. Don Diego de la Viña shaped the beginnings of the municipality, “Valle hermoso” when he saw the beautiful valley. In 1881, Don Diego de la Viña came from Negros Occidental in search of territories to conquer. The land he saw a top the mountains was the wilderness called Bagawines. Bukidnons, known to be unfriendly aboriginals inhabited the area. However, de la Viña sought the tribal chief, named Ka Saniko and truck barter.
For lands on coastal Bagawines, de la Viña offered wondrous articles from Iloilo, such as fine canes, well-crafted bolos and colorful patadyongs. Ka Saniko then moved further to Pinokawan. De la Viña with a number of Bukidnons cleared the land and constructed his residence, a casa tribunal and a chapel. In less than five years they transformed the valley into a hacienda of sugar cane, tobacco, coconut, rice and corn. He called it the “beautiful valley,” Vallehermoso. De la Viva bought, bartered and did everything else possible to enlarge his landholdings until it stretched from Molobolo on the boundary of Guihulngan, north to Macapso on the boundary of San Carlos and west to the slopes of Canlaon where he pastured his cattle and horses. He opened a road to Negros Occidental, which paved the way for his historic involvement in the local revolution against Spain. Don Diego de la Viña was an illustrado being born from a Spanish-Chinese parentage.
He grew up in Binondo, Manila but went to Basque, Asturias in Spain to earn his bachelor's degree in Arts. Upon his return to Manila, he married a “Tagala” with whom he had four children. He brought them with him when he settled in Negros. Endowed with a pioneering spirit he searched for a place where he could establish a residence and fulfill his dream to carve out fortune. When he resided in Bagawines, he influenced the way of life of the bukidnons. They became civilized and tempered their warring tendencies. He inculcated to the bukudnona the love of work and the idea of religion. He frowned on laziness. In the hacienda that De la Viña established, unemployment was not known. His work in the plantation made him physically strong and spiritually active. When his wife died, he remarried an Ilongga Dona Narcisa Geopano from the landed Geopano Clan.
He sired three children with his second wife. It was in the last quarter of 1898 when Don Diego de la Viña became involved in the revolution. His brother, Dr. Jose de la Viña was one of the delegates to the Macolos Congress. Dr. de la Viña regularly informed Don Diego of the latest development of the Republic government under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Gen. Aguinaldo duly commissioned Don Diego de la Viña with the rank of General de Brigada, Commandante del Ejercito Filipino, Provincia de Negros Oriental. His son was also commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the Infantry. He secretly trained his peasants how to handle a rifle. He turned their plowshares into bolos, “pinuti, “talibong”, “bahi”, spears and lances. Soon more and more men joined the group of de la Viña. He was soon around riding on a big white spotted horse during the “revolucionario”. De la Viña became known as the “Tigulang or the Grand Old Man”. He was considered a “cacique”, for he had the say in all appointments. He became the judge of local conflicts and designed the improvements for the place (source Negros Historian Prof. Penn Tulabing.Villanueva Larena, MPA a descendant of the Hermoso/ Olladas/ Serion and Bernus Clan an old Spanish family of this Town).
The Arrival of Iloilo's Lopez Clan
During the depression years of the Sugar industry in the 1920s,a Spanish company named Tabacalera foreclosed haciendas which could not pay their credits. One of them was the Hacienda of Don Deigo de la Vina clan.According to Zaffy Ledesma a historian in the Lopez clan,the foreclosed property was sold to Don Vicente Lopez Sr. around 1924.Don Vicente belonged to the Lopez clan of Jaro. His hacienda was subsequently divided into two farms: Hacienda Dona Elena named after his wife and was inherited by his son,Vicente Lopez Jr. Hacienda Lilia, named after Tiking ( Vicente Jr.) sister, was inherited by Lilia Lopez Jison .Rosario Lopez niece of Vicente Lopez Jr. married to Arthur Cooper and became a landowner in Pinocauan, Vallehermoso
In June 3, 2014, Monsignor Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon was appointed as the Bishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Talibon in the province of Bohol. Bishop Parcon was born in Vallehermoso in 1961, is a descendant of the Parcon clan in Sitio Tubod, Barangay Puan of the municipality. He now holds the record of being the first son of Vallehermoso to be consecrated as Bishop, the first son of the Diocese of San Carlos with Vallehermoso as part of it, to be honored to assume the order of such title by Pope Francis.
|Population census of Vallehermoso|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
People in Vallehermoso are mostly farmers and fishermen while the minorities are average earners dependent upon the employment opportunities yielded by the government and the business sector. At least half of the residents in the Central Vallehermoso are graduate in secondary education while a considerable number are professionals in the fields of Education and basic civic services.
- Annual Town Fiesta: May 15
- Chartered day celebration: January 1 and 2
- Current Mayor: Marianne Serion Gustillo
- Vice Mayor: Oliver Serion Bongoyan
Vallehermoso is composed mostly of Agricultural lands typically good for growing almost all kinds of crops although much of the uses of these agricultural areas are invested on Sugarcane Farming. Corn is also another product in the area hence the people are largely dependent upon corn as their staple food. Coconut is also another source of income for most of the farmers through “tuba” or Coconut Wine, Vinegar and Lambanog. Ingenious materials such as broomsticks, bags and fashion accessories are also being made by the town’s people as another source of income. Some other agricultural products such as; Banana, Cassava, Rice and coffee are also abundant in the area.
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