The province where Bacolod City belongs is Negros Occidental. Negros originally and literally meant “land of black people.” It was from the first impression of the Spaniars when they first touched the shorelines of the island.
Today, one of the original settlers of Negros can still be found in Kabankalan. They are the Carul-ans, and still has their own distinct dialect.
The island that Bacolod City belongs is called Negros- the 4th largest island of the Philippines with a total land area of 13,309 square km. This island is politically-divided into two provinces, namely, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.
Why the name Negros? The Spanish colonizers called the land Negros because of the dark-skinned settlers that they observed upon arriving in April 1565.
Negros Occidental has been blessed with mostly rich soil because of the presence of the volcano called Kanla-on. This earthly resource led people in the 19th and 20th century to plant sugarcane and other crops. As of 2018, there are still vast sugarcane plantations when you travel around Negros.
Because of the vast plantations, many colonizers and their descendants became ultra rich in this province. Making this as a den of Don’s and Dona’s in the colonial area, while the original settlers are sakadas and negros (black-skinned).
A saying has been widely perpetuated that “basta Negrosanon, tikalon” (People of Negros are braggers), and I believe this has its roots from the socio-economic classification of the original settlers.
Until now, I think there are still a lot of very rich people in this province due to very large and wide plantations. Factories/ Sugar Central are still in key cities.
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