Jimalalud, officially the Municipality of Jimalalud, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 30,945 people.
|Municipality of Jimalalud|
Little Big Town
Map of Negros Oriental with Jimalalud highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||1st district of Negros Oriental|
|Barangays||28 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Reynaldo Tuanda|
|• Vice Mayor||Hazel Billones|
|• Electorate||17,060 voters (2016)|
|• Total||139.50 km2 (53.86 sq mi)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)35|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||4th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||86 million (2016)|
Jimalalud was founded in 1797 as part of Tayasan. In 1910, it was separated from Tayasan and became an independent municipality.
Boundless sugar cane fields, typical of the northern landscape, fill the lush lands of Jimalalud most months of the year. It has reported rich deposits of coal, copper, iron and related compounds of magnetite, pyrites and marcasite, but the lodes remain untouched. A Spanish soldier was said to have asked a native the name of the place, indicating the area. The native thought he was referring to a tree, and so informed the soldier that the tree was called a “hambabalud" (terminalia calamansanai).
In the late 1800s the Recollects built here a convent of hardwoods, an imposing structure that was reputed to be the biggest convent in the Province for over a quarter of a century. The Revolution against Spain compelled the friars to leave and the convent fell into disrepair. Jimalalud was made a town independent of Tayasan in 1910. In 1944 World War II guerillas burned down the entire town, leaving Jimalalud without a historical landmark standing. Barrio Bankal was the seat of the 7th District Government during World War II.
The pageantry of its revived Sinulog keeps Jimalalud’s religious and cultural heritage alive in a colorful way. Fiesta time and other special occasions usually bring on the town’s stallions for the exciting, if brutal, spectacle of the Paaway sa Kabayo.
Most times, Jimalalud is serene and green, and the plaza is the picturesque public space for imbibing the town’s pastoral ambience.
Jimalalud is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.
- North Poblacion
- South Poblacion
There are 2 nationally-funded high school in Jimalalud, Jimalalud National High School in South Poblacion with extension in Baranggay Tamao & Owacan National High School, and Infant King Academy manage by Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM).
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
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