Negros - Philippine Destinations


Negros is the fourth-largest island in the country, with a land area of 12,706 km² (4,905 square mi.). People on the island are called Negrenses.


Politically and culturally, Negros is divided into two provinces: Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas region and Negros Occidental, part of the Western Visayas region. This division of the island, which roughly follows the mountain range in the center of the island, corresponds to the two ethnoliguistic groups in this part of the country. The western part (Occidental) is where the Ilonggo- or Hiligaynon-speaking Negrenses are located, and the eastern portion (Oriental) is home to the Cebuano-speaking population.


The chief cities on the island are Bacolod City in Negros Occidental and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.


Negros is noted for being the country's prime producer of sugar. Sugar cane plantations abound in the agricultural areas of the island.


Kanlaon Volcano in the northern part of the island is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, and overlooks Bacolod City. It is the highest peak on the island as well as of all the Visayas region.


The volcanic activity in Negros is harvested into electricity through two geothermal power plants in the island. One is located in Palinpinon, Negros Oriental, and the other, to open in 2007, is in Mailum, Negros Occidental.