Kabankalan City is a first class city in the province of Negros Occidental, it prides itself as the largest city in terms of land area, and the second largest in the entire Negros Island next to Bayawan. With a total area of 69,735.44 hectares, it is the sanctuary of 181,977Kabankalanons per the 2015 census. It consists 32 barangays, 9 of them make up the city center while the other 23 are located in the outlying areas.
The term Kabankalan was said to be derived from the word “Bangkal”, a kind of tree that lavishly grew from the place. The first settlers learned to establish a community and was able to form a barrio which was named Ilog. Through the years, despite the ravaging wars and internal strife, it finally earned its cityhood on August 2, 1997 in lieu of Republic Act No. 8297 signed and declared by then President Fidel V. Ramos.
Population : 181,977 (2015 census)
Barangays : 32
Website : www.kabankalancity.gov.ph
Sinulog de Kabankalan - In honor of its patron Snr. Sto. Niño, this week long celebration is the city’s version of Ati-atihan. Held every third week of January, Kabankalancity comes alive with its impressive Mardi Gras with colorful costumes and lively dancers joining the parade. Although often compared to Cebu’s Sinulog, it certainly has its own charm. And by charm it means the people have their own way of keeping things fun by way of “uling” or charcoal. Best not get your branded and expensive shirts on, unless you don’t mind getting your outfit stained. It all started as a revelry and celebration of the victory of the towns people in one fierce battle (and proved to be the last) against the Moro pirates. It was said that the town defenders were surprised to see the pirates scurrying to the seashore and their vintas in a hurry to flee homeward.Curious to see what it was that scared off the foes, the townspeople saw a small child atop the church tower waving his shining sword, as though driving away the pirates. As the pirates fled in haste, the townspeople indulged in revelry, creating hilarious sounds on things they could hold on.
Udyakan sa Kabankalan - Celebrated the same day as the Kabankalan City’s Charter Anniversary, this week long festival is usually held between July 29 and August 2. This annual dance festival reflects the joyful and playful spirits of Kabankalanons. It also showcases the city’s indigenous products through agro-industrial fair participated by its different barangays. Like any other Filipino festivals, several activities are scheduled within the week including street parade, talent contests, athletic meets, a Mardi Gras and fireworks for the finale. UdyakansaKabankalan used to be a pre-Sinulog presentation of the history, culture and development through songs and dances. But nonetheless, it never pales in comparison to the major celebrations in the country.
WHERE TO STAY
Zayco Land Resort & Hotel
Don Emillio Village, Brgy. 9, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Justine’s Guest House
3 Rojas St Brgy 5, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 471 3135
Monbela Tourist INN
J.Y Perez Memorial Highway,Corner Sola street, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Tel. 0939 354 1546 ,034) 471-3229
Guanzon Street, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 471 2729
Perico Pension House
JY Perez Highway, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 471 3788
WHERE TO DINE
Highway to Mabinay, Don Emilio Village, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Phone: 0999 807 1121
Sitio Malasbalas, Brgy. Orong,Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Phone: (034) 746 8019
ho-Alvarez Bldg., Rizal St., Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Phone: (034) 471 3893
JY Perez Highway, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Phone: (034) 471 3788
Don Emilio Village, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental
Phone: 0917 555 1050
Find your way to Bacolod city. Either via ferry, bus or plane.
Once you’re in Bacolod city, get to the Bacolod South terminal and board a Ceres bus headed to Kabankalan City. Estimated travel time is 2hrs and 35min.
You may also hire a taxi or a private car from Bacolod City and head straight to Kabankalan City. Quite expensive but definitely worth the convenience. Estimated travel time is 1hr and 23min.
From Dumaguete take a tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal and ride the bus bound for Kabankalan City. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 hours 55 min including transfers.
If you’re into road trips, estimated travel time via private car going to Kabankalan is 2 hours
Magaso Falls & Cave
Located in Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, it offers a 436.54 meters long and 149.29 meters deep of cave exploration for spelunkers who seek real thrill and adventure. Magaso Falls. After an exhausting trek in the cave, cool off from its sister from another nature – Magaso Falls. Get drenched from its curtain like cascades of water and get revitalized after an arduous adventure.
Located within the same barangay as Magaso, this mystic falls was believed to be a mythical lady enchanted by a black bird. Due to the accumulated outpour from the stream, it created a natural pool at the base.
Balicaocao Highland Resort
Also known as Balicaocao Eco Park or simply Balicaocao, sits on top of a mountain slope 500 feet above sea level. Located in Barangay Orong, Kabankalan City, it offers a panoramic view of vibrant green surroundings.
Named after the barangay where it was situated, it is a hidden gem within a large city. Accessible through a 35-minute trek, wherein you take a dip in a knee-deep river full of mud while you walk like a turtle. A real challenge for those who like to explore unchartered places.
Old Muscovado Mills
Built within Hacienda Bino in Barangay Orong, Kabankalan City, this old muscovado mill reminds the towns people, and gives awareness to local and foreign tourists, about the old ways of producing sugar.
Named after Assemblyman IsauroGabaldon, after he authored the Gabaldon Act of 1907 which allotted Php1 million to build schools all over the Philippines. The newly renovated Gabaldon building in Esteban R. Abada Memorial Schoolnow houses the Dep-Ed Kabankalan division.
Unlike its name, you will not find any statue of a lion, rather you will find 3 tall Bangkal tree–like trunks loomed together forming an arch at the mouth of Barangay Poblacion.Named after the Lion’s club, this structure kinda welcomes people coming in, and nope you will not hear it roar.
Freedom Fighter Shrine
In honor of the brave WW II soldiers, this shrine was built to commemorate the unsung heroes and fallen soldiers who fought bravely for our country’s freedom.
Carol-anLake and Valley
Situated in Brgy. Carol-an, Kabankalan City, this historic landmark was said to be ruled by a legendary chieftain named DatuManyabog who defiantly fought against the conquering force of Gov. Emilio Saravia.
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