Distance from Bacolod: 42.0 kilometers
Land Area: 17,056.00 hectares
Classification: 5th Class
No. of Barangays: 20 Barangays
Population: 17,259 (May 1, 2000) – 18,256 (2005 Projection)
Language: Hiligaynon/Ilonggo/Cebuano/ English is spoken & understood
Located at the center of the mountains of northern Negros Occidental, Don Salvador Benedicto was established by consolidating all the remote barangays of San Carlos City and the towns of Calatrava and Murcia which were apparently neglected due to inaccessibility. Its founding was finalized on February 9, 1983 upon the approval of Batas Pambansa Blg. 336 by former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. The legislation was authored by Assemblymen Alfonso Garcia and Jose Varela, Jr.
The town is named after the late Vice Governor Salvador Benedicto who played an important role in the setting up of a Revolutionary Government in Negros Island particularly in Brgy. Igmaya-an, when the country was occupied by the Japanese during World War II.
The territorial formation of Don Salvador Benedicto is composed of two barangays from the Municipality of Murcia (Pandanon and Igmayaan), three barangays from the City of San Carlos (Kumaliskis, Bunga, and Pinowayan-Prosperidad) and two barangays from the Municipality of Calatrava (Bagong Silang-Marcelo and Bago-Lalong).
Sixty percent of the residents speak Cebuano and the rest speak Ilonggo and other dialects. The people have adopted the art of kali otherwise known as arnis or escrima as their cultural heritage. The traditional martial arts of the Filipino people since the 7th century, it is designed for physical training, mental development and spiritual upliftment as well as strengthening of moral value foundation. The craft is highlighted every year during the celebration of the Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival that also showcases various cultural and traditional activities of the people.
How to get there
Don Salvador Benedicto is approximately an hour’s drive from Bacolod City by public utility vehicles and about 45 minutes by private car.
Viewing Deck or Lantawan is overlooking the Malatan-og waterfalls, a cigarette falls that charmed visitors to keep coming back.
Villa Ica. This exquisitely landscaped area is a place where one can escape the busy and tiring city life and here find serenity as one communes and enjoys the beauty of nature in a pollution-free environment. It is an ideal venue for themed garden wedding.
Pine Trees. Beautifully-grown pine trees lined the main thoroughfares of about 1.7 kilometer stretch of road from Barangay Igmayaan to Poblacion proper which gained recognition as well-maintained and “pot-hole-free” road for the third quarter of 2002 in the whole Region 6.
Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival every second week of February has adopted the art of “kali” also known as “arnis” or “escrima” as their cultural heritage. The festivities illustrate the various cultural and traditional activities of the people from the “Kali” dance parade, “Kali cultural presentations and Search for the “Diwata sang Kali” presented by creatively designed costumes made out of indigenous materials abundant in the area.