Bago, Negros Occidental

Bago, Negros Occidental

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Bago City is a second class city in the province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. According to the August 1, 2007 census, it has a population of 159,933 people. The city is located 21 kilometers south of the provincial capital, Bacolod City.

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. The coliseum located in the heart of the city is named after him.

Bago City operates a subsidized college, Bago City College, located in Barangay Balingasag. Most of its students come from the southern part of the island.

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 November 5 in commemoration of the Negros Revolution.

History

On September 6, 1571 when the Spanish adelantado, Miguel López de Legaspi, allotted the community to a Spaniard named Juan Gutiérrez, as his “encomienda”. At that time the community was still composed of small cluster of settlements along the banks of a big river, which later became known as the Bago River. The “economiendero” administered to the spiritual and socio-economic needs of the natives in the settlements until June, 1578. However, in 1578, this community was placed under the evangelical visitations of Father Gerónimo Marin, an Augustinian priest who had taken charge of the Christianization of the natives of Binalbagan since the year 1572. Father Marin,...
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