Distance from Bacolod: 92.6 kilometers
Land Area: 72,640.00 hectares
Classification: 2nd Class
No. of Barangays: 32 Barangays
Population: 149,769 (May 1, 2000) – 158,424 (2005 Projection)
Language: Hiligaynon/Ilonggo/English is spoken and understood
Strategically located at the southern part of Negros Occidental, Kabankalan City prides itself as a service provider in education and health services, a major hub in commerce, trade and industry, information and communications technology, as well as host to a number of government and private offices.
Early Cavancalan dates back to the 1630’s when it started as part of the encomienda of Admiral Cristobal de Logo y Montalvo. The Jesuits introduced Christianity at that time. On March 14, 1907, the then Philippine Commission passed Act 1612 creating the Municipality of Kabankalan from the town of Ilog. In a special election following the passage of that law, Lorenzo Zayco became its first Presidente Municipal.
Despite the ravages of war and the internal strife in the 1980’s, trade and commerce increased considerably with the establishments of banks and commercial establishments. Other institutions such as schools, hospitals and churches were also established. On February 11, 1988, Bishop Vicente Navarra was installed as the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese.
Kabankalan was converted into a component city on August 2, 1997 with ratification of Republic Act No. 8297 or the City Charter of Kabankalan. Isidro P. Zayco became the first elected City Mayor. He, along with the other city officials, took his historic oath of office on June 12, 1998 and assumed office for his third term as Mayor on June 30, 1998.
Today, Mayor P. Zayco, Jr., who is on his second term, heads Kabankalan. The growth and progress that was started by his predecessor continue with the delivery of basic and essential services and establishment of vital public infrastructure in the various barangays of the city.
How to Get There
Kabankalan is less than two hours drive south of Bacolod city by private car while public utility vehicles reach the place in about two hours. The city, which serves as the center of economic activities in southern Negros, is also the take-off point for various destinations down south, and links the province to Dumaguete City, capital of nearby Negros Oriental via Kabankalan-Mabinay.
Kabankalan City is bounded on north by the City of Himamaylan, southeast by Negros Oriental, southwest by the Municipality of Ilog and northwest by the Panay Gulf.
Mag-aso Falls is a 20-minute drive from the city proper. With large mountain as backdrop, Mag-aso Falls releases a smoke-like shower of mist as it cascade down the natural pool with its turquoise green water.
Mag-aso Cave. Situated with the Balicaocao watershed, Mag-aso Cave invites spelunkers for real adventure and rewarding challenge in cave exploration. The cave spans 436.54 meters long and 149.29 meters deep, it is identified as one of the deepest caves in the country.
Balicaocao Highland Resort. Gently nestled on the hill more 500 feet above sea level, Balicaocao offers perfect ambiance for leisure while taking a breathtaking view and panorama of the coastal towns of southern Negros, the blue waters of Panay Gulf and the Island of Guimaras. It has two pavilions, four cottages, shed houses, swimming pool and cooking area perfect for family picnics.
Old Muscovado Mills – spread around the territory are haciendas of the landed gentry who used to control the large sugarcane plantations. Pre-war implements and farm tools can still be found in these haciendas.
Gabaldon Buildings was constructed during the American educational system. They now house the public elementary schools. Named after its illustrious son Senator Esteban R. Abada, ERAMs (East/West) have already produced men and women who are now in the helm of government.
Carol-an Valley. Homeland of the indigenous people ruled by its legendary chief Manyabog whose death led to the infamous tribal suicide.
Udlom Cave in Barangay Tampalon can be reach in an hour walk. It lies hidden amidst huge boulders.
Lion’s Arch greets visitors at the doorway of the Poblacion which replicates the main trunk of the “bangkal tree”.
Freedom Fighter Shrine is a fitting memorial for the brave WW II soldiers. Constructed by the Veterans Federation of the Philippines-Kabankalan Chapter.
Sinulog, the Kabankalan City version of the world famous “Ati-Atihan” indulged in by our ancestors, is celebrated on the third week of January. The search for Sinulog Queen highlights the festivities.
Traditional town fiesta is held on the third week of March, marking the city’s foundation day.
The month of May marks the religious festivity called “Santacruzan”, it is when the conversion of King Constantine and St. Helena’s founding of the Holy Cross are re-enacted.
Udyakan sa Kabankalan. A pre-Sinulog presentation of its history, culture and development through songs, dances and drama.