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Map of Negros Oriental showing the location of Guihulngan

The City of Guihulngan is a city in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 83,448 people in 17,733 households.

Guihulngan is politically subdivided into 33 barangays.

  • Bakid
  • Balogo
  • Banwague
  • Basak
  • Binobohan
  • Buenavista
  • Bulado
  • Calamba
  • Calupa-an
  • Hibaiyo
  • Hilaitan
  • Hinakpan
  • Humayhumay
  • Imelda
  • Kagawasan
  • Linantuyan
  • Luz
  • Mabunga
  • McKinley
  • Nagsaha
  • Magsaysay
  • Malusay
  • Mani-ak
  • Padre Zamora
  • Plagatasanon
  • Planas
  • Poblacion
  • Sandayao
  • Tacpao
  • Tinayunan Beach
  • Tinayunan Hill
  • Trinidad
  • Villegas


Guihulngan was already the largest municipality in Negros Oriental when, in July of 2007, a popular referendum was passed declaring it a city.[1]

15 months later, however, Guihulngan lost its cityhood, along with 15 other cities. The Supreme Court of the Philippines had granted a petition filed by the League of Cities of the Philippines, declaring the cityhood law (RA 9409), which had allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional. The said cities, the court ruled, had not meet the requirements for cityhood.[2]

More than a year later, on December 22, 2009, acting on the appeal of the so-called "League of 16 Cities" (of which Guihulngan is a part of), the Supreme Court reversed its earlier ruling as it ruled that "at the end of the day, the passage of the amendatory law (regarding the criteria for cityhood as set by Congress) is no different from the enactment of a law, i.e., the cityhood laws specifically exempting a particular political subdivision from the criteria earlier mentioned. Congress, in enacting the exempting law/s, effectively decreased the already codified indicators."[3] As such, the cityhood status of Guihulngan is effectively restored.

External links


  1. ^ Gallarde, Juancho (July 17, 2007). "Guihulgnan becomes sixth city of NegOr". Visayan Daily Star . Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rempillo, Jay B. (November 18, 2008). "SC Voids 16 Cityhood Laws".
    SC Public Information Office . Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  3. ^ SC reverses self, upholds creation of 16 cities

Coordinates: 10°07′N 123°16′E / 10.117°N 123.267°E / 10.117; 123.267



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