San Jose, Negros Oriental

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San Jose
Municipality of San Jose
Nickname(s): Pineapple Capital of Central Visayas
Map of Negros Oriental with San Jose highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with San Jose highlighted
San Jose is located in Philippines
San Jose
San Jose
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°25′N 123°14′E / 9.42°N 123.23°E / 9.42; 123.23Coordinates: 9°25′N 123°14′E / 9.42°N 123.23°E / 9.42; 123.23
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Negros Oriental
District 2nd district of Negros Oriental
Founded 1954
Barangays 14 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Nelson Ruiz
 • Vice Mayor Mel Nick Logronio
 • Electorate 13,107 voters (2016)
 • Total 54.46 km2 (21.03 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 20,413
 • Density 370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6202
PSGC 074617000
IDD:area code +63 (0)35
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 5th municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 63,177,349.33 (2016)

San Jose, officially the Municipality of San Jose, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 20,413 people.[3]


San Jose is politically subdivided into 14 barangays, shown here with population as of 2015 Census:

  • Basak - 827
  • Basiao - 673
  • Cambaloctot - 652
  • Cancawas - 1,746
  • Janayjanay - 938
  • Jilocon - 1,944
  • Naiba - 790
  • Poblacion - 939
  • San Roque - 942
  • Santo Niño - 2,132
  • Señora Ascion (Calo) - 1,913
  • Siapo - 2,182
  • Tampi - 2,058
  • Tapon Norte - 2,677


The municipality of San Jose was formerly called "Ayuquitan", a name that was born due to a communication problem between the natives and Spanish Conquistadors. The story was that one day a group of Spaniards searching for flourishing communities came upon a group of natives harvesting rice. The Spaniards approached the natives and asked the name of the place while pointing to the ground filled with piles of rice chaffs. The natives thought they were asked for the name of the pile and answered "Inoquitan". From then on, the Spaniards called the place "Inoquitan". In time, the name "Ayuquitan" was adapted from the phrase "may inoquitan". In 1902 Governor Demetrio Larena considered the place as a pueblo. Pioneer Spanish Merchant is Manuel Pastor. San Jose is the home of the old Spanish families settled since 1871 like the Patero, Amiscaray, Larena, Pareja, Siglos, Remollo, Renacia, Remata, Araco and Remoto.

San Jose was created as a town in 1954 from the barrios of Ayuquitan, Basak, Basiao, Cambaloctot, Calo, Cancawas, Hanay-Hanay, Jilocon, Lalaan, Naiba, Tapon Norte, Tampi, and sitios Guinsayawan, Kang-atid, Kangdajonog, Guilongsoran and Kaputihanan of the barrio of Siapo, all of which formerly belonged to the former municipality of Ayuquitan and then part of the municipality of Amlan.[4]

Only Patero, Amiscaray, Pareja and Remoto has Spanish roots. Larenas in San Jose are Chinese, while the Siglos, Remollo, Renacia, Araco are natives of the place (Ayuquitan).


Population census of San Jose
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 7,547—    
1970 8,840+1.59%
1975 9,517+1.49%
1980 10,938+2.82%
1990 12,821+1.60%
1995 14,952+2.92%
2000 15,665+1.00%
2007 17,250+1.34%
2010 19,098+3.77%
2015 20,413+1.28%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


The town is the gateway to the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park in Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan Town.

One of the tourist attraction of the town was the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in the cane fields of Cambaloctot, where a spinning sun is said to have manifested the visit of the Lady of Lourdes, devotees flock every Saturday of the month.

The Ayuquitan Festival is held every May 7, one of the highlights of the town fiesta which is celebrated on May 10. Street dancing and showdown are the main features of the festival.

The St. Paul University Farm is located in Barangay Sra. Acion. The Port of Tampi also serves RORO services going to the island of Cebu through the Port of Bato in the municipality of Samboan.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province:". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of San Jose, Province of Negros Oriental". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  7. ^ "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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