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Victorias, officially the City of Victorias, or simply Victorias City, is a 4th class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 87,933 people.[3]

Victorias
City of Victorias
Victorias Milling Company
Victorias Milling Company
Official seal of Victorias
Seal
Nickname(s): 
"The Sugarlandia of Negros"
"The Sweet and Green City of Negros"
Map of Negros Occidental with Victorias highlighted
Map of Negros Occidental with Victorias highlighted
Victorias is located in Philippines
Victorias
Victorias
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°54′N 123°05′E / 10.9°N 123.08°E / 10.9; 123.08Coordinates: 10°54′N 123°05′E / 10.9°N 123.08°E / 10.9; 123.08
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceNegros Occidental
District3rd district of Negros Occidental
FoundedOctober 2, 1906
CityhoodMarch 21, 1998
Barangays26 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorFrancis Frederick P. Palanca
 • Vice MayorJerry L. Jover
 • CongressmanJose Francisco B. Benitez
 • Electorate55,692 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total133.92 km2 (51.71 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total87,933
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6119
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)34
Climate typetropical climate
Income class4th city income class
Revenue (₱)440.8 million  (2016)
Native languagesHiligaynon
Tagalog
Websitewww.victoriascity.gov.ph

Victorias is notable for the St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, which was declared as an Important Cultural Property of the Philippines in December 2015.

It is also the site of Victorias Milling Company, the world's largest integrated sugar mill, sitting on a 7,000 hectares (17,000 acres) compound that makes it the Philippine's largest sugar refinery.

Victorias City also serves as the access point to the Northern Negros Natural Park, popular among hikers visiting Mount Mandalagan and Mount Silay.

St. Joseph the Worker ChapelEdit

Within the Victorias Milling Company's complex is the St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, a masterpiece considered the first example of modern sacral architecture in the Philippines and raised to the status of Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2015. The chapel was designed by the famous Czech Architect Antonín Raymond.

Its mural of the Angry Christ was painted by international artist Alfonso Ossorio. The mural has been featured in various publications such as Life Magazine. Its fierce, vivid colors gave the church its most known name, the "Angry Christ Church".

FestivalsEdit

The city celebrates the annual Kadalag-an Festival, a charter anniversary held on 21 March, and the annual Malihaw Festival on 26 April.

The city also celebrates the Kalamayan Festival every December. The word "Kalamayan" depicts what Victorias is known for, its “kalamay” or refined sugar and its sugar industry, the Victorias Milling Company.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Noven Belleza - first champion of Tawag ng Tanghalan; born here
  • Alfonso A. Ossorio - Filipino-American abstract expressionist artist; though born in Manila in 1916 to a Negros Occidental family, his Angry Christ Mural is connected to Victorias City

BarangaysEdit

Victorias City is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.

  • Barangay I (Poblacion)
  • Barangay II (Quezon; Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Poblacion)
  • Barangay IV (Poblacion)
  • Barangay V (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VI (Estrella/Salvacion; Pob.)
  • Barangay VI-A (Boulevard/Villa Miranda/Sitio Cubay/Pasil)
  • Barangay VII (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VIII (Old Simboryo)
  • Barangay IX (Daan Banwa)
  • Barangay X (Estado)
  • Barangay XI (Gawahon)
  • Barangay XII
  • Barangay XII (Gloryville)
  • Barangay XIV
  • Barangay XV
  • Barangay XV-A
  • Barangay XVI
  • Barangay XVI-A
  • Barangay XVII
  • Barangay XVIII
  • Barangay XVIII-A (Florencia, Kubay, Golf)
  • Barangay XIX
  • Barangay XIX-A (Canetown Subdivision)
  • Barangay XX
  • Barangay XXI

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 8,372—    
1918 7,557−0.68%
1939 19,547+4.63%
1948 27,858+4.02%
1960 34,290+1.75%
1970 48,829+3.59%
1975 53,994+2.04%
1980 55,959+0.72%
1990 69,892+2.25%
1995 78,283+2.15%
2000 81,743+0.93%
2007 88,149+1.05%
2010 88,299+0.06%
2015 87,933−0.08%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

The people in the city speak the Hiligaynon language (often called Ilonggo). Filipino and English are generally understood.

ReligionEdit

ChurchesEdit

Notable churches include:

  • St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, also known as the Angry Christ Church
  • Ultrafidian Church[7]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Victorias City
  • Our Lady of Victory Parish

EducationEdit

Notable educational institutions include:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "City". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province:". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ Ultrafidian Church
  8. ^ Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias

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