REGION VI (WESTERN VISAYAS) > Negros Occidental

Brief Description
Often referred to as the land of genteel people and large sugar plantations, Negros Occidental is blessed with beautiful natural scenery, unexplored waterfalls and mountains, white sand beaches, and crystal springs.

Negros Occidental’s wealth has always been its land, its charm in its people, its pride in its cuisine. These elements make for a destination that is best when experienced.
 
 
Geography
Strategically located as part of the Western Visayas Region, the province of Occidental Negros occupies the western portion of Negros Island. It is bounded to the north by the Visayan Sea; to the east by the province of Oriental Negros and partly by Tañon Strait; to the west by the Strait of Guimaras; and to the south by Sulu Sea.
 
Political Subdivision
The province is composed of 13 cities and 19 municipalities. 
 
Climate
Negros Occidental has two pronounced seasons, wet (June-November) and dry ( December - May).
 
Population
The most recent census on population conducted on May 2000 shows that Negros Occidental has a population count of 2,565,723.
 
Language / Dialect
"Hiligaynon – 78.81 % as of 1995

Cebuano – 21.01%"
 
Major Industries
Negros Occidental is the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines.” Sugar was introduced to the Negrense during the Spanish period and has been the main industry of the province since then. Other industries include aqua culture, agribusiness, steel fabrication, and beer breweries.


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