Arangka La Castellana!

Situated in the middle of lush greenery and surrounded by rich soil is the beautiful town of La Castellana. Ranked as a first class municipality, its population as of 2010 census stands at 71,013 people living in 14,111 households.

It was not exactly known when was the town discovered but according to popular belief, which was handed down for many generations, the town was discovered by the people of Marayo. The early settlers then called the town “Lapak” and for a time, it was under the jurisdiction of Marayo or what is now known as Pontevedra. There is no historical document supporting the popular belief except that it was transferred by word of mouth from the early settlers to the next generation.


According to this generational story, the early settlers of Marayo made their way inland in search for food to supplement the subsistence they get from the coasts. They cut their way through dense vegetation and forests and eventually reached a place abounding with fruits, edible plants and game food. Most of the people coming from Marayo settled there and started calling the village “Lapak.” It stayed that way for a long time until the Spanish people arrived.


During the Spanish conquest of the Philippines, the newcomers took time to explore various areas. In the huge island of Buglas, the Spaniards were welcomed in different places by Aetas who were the original settlers during that time. They were so many that the Spanish contingent started referring to Buglas island as the place of Negros and Negritos. Soon, the name stuck. The Spanish love for exploration took some members of the contingent to the village of Lapak. They were so enthralled with how the place resembled the topography and vegetation of a spot in Spain that they named it after that place – Paseo de La Castellana, which is situated in Madrid.



Eventually, more Spaniards arrived and started developing the place by having vast areas cleared by the natives. The newcomers established large haciendas which owned large swathes of sugarcane plantation. Due to the high availability of work, natives and other nationalities flocked to the place and soon, the place became a major center of commerce and trade. A local government was later established and finally, on January 1, 1918, the town of La Castellana was born.



Today, the town takes pride in its diverse culture and products. It has earned the moniker “Banana Capital” of Negros Occidental because of the huge output of the fruit harvested by many farms situated in the town. Sugarcane plantations are still plentiful but the people of La Castellana made sure that they produce a wide range of products aside from this main crop.



The modern La Castellana also boasts of numerous tourist destinations, which is more than enough to make any traveler fantasize about it. In fact, the town, with its beautiful waterfalls, lovely caves with hidden springs, mountain resorts and staycation spots, along with its conservation parks and zoos, is a dream come true for tourists wishing to experience the perfect vacation.



Tourists will definitely be surprised to find a vibrant town which is far from being sleepy as some of far-flung towns are. The events held in the town on an almost monthly basis helped a lot in this aspect. Among the events in the town is the highly anticipated and famous Bailes de Luces or the Festival of Lights. It is held in commemoration of the formal establishment of La Castellana every first week of January. Another famous event is the Banana Festival which is usually held in time for the commemoration of the Fiesta of the patron saint of the town – Senior San Vicente Ferrer.



With the election into office of a young and dynamic Mayor in the person of the Honorable Rhumyla G. Nicor-Mangilimutan, the town is looking ahead to more events and development of more tourist spots. Among these is the newly-discovered of the so-called Palawan cherries which is a close twin of the Japanese cherries. The trees when in full bloom, which happens only at a specific time in a year gives forth an explosion of light and deep pink. The cherry blossoms in La Castellana is slated to become its next biggest attraction, more so that its time of bloom is also the time when the town celebrates its annual Fiesta.



Another worthy and planned project of Mayor Mhai, as the honorable town leader is called, involves enhancing a nearby hill into a tourist destination. For now, the details of this project is being studied. Also in the pipeline are road construction for tourism to make it easier for travelers to go to various tour destinations in La Castellana and farm to market roads.



With all the major developments which has happened, is currently happening, and will happen in the near future under the able leadership of Mayor Mhai, the future of La Castellana is getting brighter each day.

Arangka La Castellana!

Hon. Rhumyla G. Nicor-MangilimutanMayor - Municipality of La Castellana

Municipality of La Castellana

La Carlota-La Castellana Road

La Castellana Negros Occidental 6131

Email: @lacastellana-negocc.gov.ph

Phone: +63 (34) 485 8888

Fax: +63 (34) 485 7777

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