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Bago, Negros Occidental


Bago, Negros Occidental


Nickname(s): Home of historical and natural treasures
Map of Negros Occidental with Bago highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Bago highlighted
Bago is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
District 4th District of Negros Occidental
Founded January 5, 1788
Cityhood February 19, 1966
Barangays 24
 • Mayor Ramon D. Torres
 • Total 401.20 km2 (154.90 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 163,045
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6101
Dialing code (+64) 34
Income class 2nd class city

Bago is a second class city in the province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines, some 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of the provincial capital Bacolod. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 163,045 people.[3]

Bago operates a subsidized college, Bago City College, located at Rafael M. Salas Drive in Barangay Balingasag. Most of its students come from Bago and from the southern part of the island. The Bago City School was established in 1980.

Buenos Aires Mountain Resort is one of the main tourist destinations in Bago City and so are the Kipot Twin Falls.

The city fiesta is celebrated on November 5 in commemoration of the Negros Revolution.


  • Barangays 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Local government 3
    • List of former mayors 3.1
  • Notable natives or residents 4
  • References 5
    • Sources 5.1
  • External links 6


Bago City is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

  • Abuanan
  • Alianza
  • Atipuluan
  • Bacong-Montilla
  • Bagroy
  • Balingasag
  • Binubuhan
  • Busay
  • Calumangan
  • Caridad
  • Don Jorge L. Araneta
  • Dulao
  • Ilijan
  • Lag-Asan
  • Ma-ao
  • Mailum
  • Malingin
  • Napoles
  • Pacol
  • Poblacion
  • Sagasa
  • Tabunan
  • Taloc
  • Sampinit


Local government

Ramón D. Torres was elected as Mayor of Bago City in 2007, replacing Janet E. Torres, whose husband served as mayor for almost 40 years.[5] The coliseum located in the heart of the city is named after him.

List of former mayors

Presidente Municipal (forebears of Mayors):[5]

  • Hon. Eustracio Torres 1901-1903 (elected)
  • Hon. Sofronio Yulo 1904-1906 (elected)
  • Hon. Mariano Villanueva 1906-1907 (appointed)
  • Hon. Rufino Advincula 1907-1908 (elected)
  • Hon. Mariano Villanueva 1908-1909 (appointed)
  • Hon. Carlos Dreyfus 1910-1912 (elected)
  • Hon. Mariano Araneta 1912-1918 (elected)
  • Hon. Angel Salas 1919-1921 (elected)
  • Hon. Aguedo Gonzaga, Sr 1922-1929 (elected)
  • Hon. Hilario D. Yulo 1930-1932 (elected)
  • Hon. Aguedo Gonzaga, Sr. 1933-1935 (elected)
  • Hon. Luis Matti 1936-1941 (elected)


  • Hon. Basilio Lopez 1945-1946 (appointed)
  • Hon. Humberto V. Javellana 1946 (appointed)
  • Hon. Carlos Dreyfus 1947 (appointed)
  • Hon. Jose T. Yulo 1947 (appointed)
  • Hon. Luis Matti 1948-1951 (elected)
  • Hon. Carlos Dreyfus 1951-1955 (elected)
  • Hon.Teodoro A. Araneta 1956-1959 (elected)
  • Hon. Manuel Y. Torres 1959-1986 (elected)
  • Hon. Enrique J. Araneta 1986-1987 (appointed OIC Mayor)
  • Hon. Roberto Matti December 1, 1987 -January 31, 1988 (appointed OIC Mayor)
  • Hon. Rosemary Caunca February 1, 1988 (appointed OIC Mayor)
  • Hon. Manuel Y. Torres February 2, 1988-1998 (elected)
  • Hon. Janet E. Torres 1998-2007 (elected)
  • Hon. Ramon D. Torres 2007–present

Notable natives or residents


  1. ^ "Cities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Negros Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Birth of a City…". About Bago City. City of Bago. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 


  • Alfredo Saulo. (1991). "IV Bago: Birthplace of the Negros Republic". Jorge vargas Autobiography. University of the Philippine Press. 
  • Violeta Lopez-Gonzaga. (1994). Land of Hope, Land of Want : A socio-economic history of Negros. Philippine National Historical Society. 

External links

  • Bago City Official Website
  • Bago City College Official Website
  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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