Victorias

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Victorias City
Component City
City of Victorias
Lungsod ng Victorias (in Tagalog)
Victorias Milling Company
Victorias Milling Company
Official seal of Victorias City
Seal
Nickname(s): "The Sugarlandia of Negros"
"The Sweet and Green City of Negros"
Map of Negros Occidental with Victorias highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Victorias highlighted
Victorias City is located in Philippines
Victorias City
Victorias City
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°54′N 123°05′E / 10.900°N 123.083°E / 10.900; 123.083Coordinates: 10°54′N 123°05′E / 10.900°N 123.083°E / 10.900; 123.083
Country Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR/Region XVIII)
Province Negros Occidental
District 3rd district of Negros Occidental
Cityhood March 21, 1998
Barangays 26
Government[1]
 • Mayor Francis Frederick P. Palanca
Area[2]
 • Total 133.92 km2 (51.71 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 88,299
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6119
IDD:area code 34

Victorias, officially the City of Victorias or often referred to as Victorias City, is a fourth income class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 88,299 people.[3]

Victorias is notable for its the St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, which was declared as an Important Cultural Property of the Philippines in December 2015.

It is also known for being the site of Victorias Milling Company, the world's largest integrated sugar mill, sitting on a 7,000 hectares (17,000 acres) compound that makes it the Philippine's largest sugar refinery.

Victorias City also serves as the access point to the Northern Negros Natural Park, popular among hikers visiting Mount Mandalagan and Mount Silay.

St. Joseph the Worker Chapel[edit]

Within the Victorias Milling Company's complex is the St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, a masterpiece considered the first example of modern sacral architecture in the Philippines and raised to the status of Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2015. The chapel was designed by the famous Czech Architect Antonín Raymond.

Its mural of the Angry Christ is painted by international artist Alfonso Ossorio. The mural has been featured in various publications like Life Magazine. Its fierce, vivid colors gave the church its most known name as the "Angry Christ Church"

Festivals[edit]

The city celebrates the Kadalag-an Festival which is an Annual Charter Anniversary every 21st day of March and an Annual Fiesta every 26th day of April called the "Malihaw Festival".

The City also celebrates the Kalamayan Festival every month of December. Kalamayan Festival, the sweetest Christmas celebration of Victorias, intends to give back to Victoriahanons and spread the Yuletide spirit. The word Kalamayan, depicts what Victorias is known for, its “kalamay” or refined sugar and its sugar industry, the Victorias Milling Company. The festival also pays tribute to the sugar farmers and all Victoriahanons who in one way or another had given their share in the City’s sweet progress

Important Personalities[edit]

  • Alfonso A. Ossorio was a Filipino American abstract expressionist artist. Though born in Manila in 1916 to a Negros Occidental family, part of his work - the Angry Christ Mural - is connected to Victorias City;
  • Noven Belleza; first champion of Tawag ng Tanghalan was born here.

Barangays[edit]

Victorias City is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.[2]

  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Quezon; Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Barangay V (Pob.)
  • Barangay VI (Estrella/Salvacion; Pob.)
  • Barangay VI-A (Boulevard/Villa Miranda/Sitio Cubay/Pasil)
  • Barangay VII (Pob.)
  • Barangay VIII (Lobaton; Pob.)
  • Barangay IX (Daan Banwa)
  • Barangay X (Estado)
  • Barangay XI (Gawahon)
  • Barangay XII
  • Barangay XII (Gloryville)
  • Barangay XIV
  • Barangay XV
  • Barangay XV-A
  • Barangay XVI
  • Barangay XVI-A
  • Barangay XVII
  • Barangay XVIII
  • Barangay XVIII-A (Florencia, Kubay, Golf)
  • Barangay XIX
  • Barangay XIX-A (Canetown Subdivision)
  • Barangay XX
  • Barangay XXI

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Victorias
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 8,372 —    
1918 7,557 −0.68%
1939 19,547 +4.63%
1948 27,858 +4.02%
1960 34,290 +1.75%
1970 48,829 +3.59%
1975 53,994 +2.04%
1980 55,959 +0.72%
1990 69,892 +2.25%
1995 78,283 +2.15%
2000 81,743 +0.93%
2007 88,149 +1.05%
2010 88,299 +0.06%
2015 87,933 −0.08%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][5][6][7]

Religion[edit]

Notable religions include:

Churches[edit]

Notable churches include:

Education[edit]

Notable educational institutions include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Negros Island Region (NIR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Province of Negros Occidental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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