Negros Island

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Type Island
Pronounced Pron. NEH-gros(Filipino)
NAY-graws(English)
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Meaning & History

Negros is the fourth largest island in the Philippines, with a total land area of 13,309 km2 (5,139 sq mi). Negros is one of the many islands that comprise the Visayas, in the central part of the country. The predominant inhabitants of the island region are mainly called Negrenses (locally Negrosanons). As of 2015, the total population of Negros is 4,414,131.

From May 29, 2015, to August 9, 2017, the whole island was governed as an administrative region which was officially named the Negros Island Region which comprised the highly urbanized city of Bacolod and the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, along with its corresponding outlying islands and islets within a total regional area of 13,350.74 km2 (5,154.75 sq mi). It was created on May 29, 2015, by virtue of Executive Order No. 183 issued by Benigno Aquino III, who was the president at that time. On August 9, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 38 dissolving the Negros Island Region.

Upon arriving on the island in April 1565, the Spanish colonizers called the land Negros, after the dark-skinned natives they observed.
Added 3/14/2021 by I like old names