What used to be the mountainous territory of insurgents has now become a favorite getaway that's only a forty-five minute drive from Bacolod City. The municipality of Salvador Benedicto turns heads with its lush mountains, idyllic scenery and rich biodiversity.
Located in the heartland of Northern Negros Occidental, the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto was established as a town only on February 9, 1983. It was named after the late Negros Occidental Vice Governor Salvador Benedicto, honored for setting up a revolutionary government during the Japanese Aggression in World War II.
It is situated at a distance of 47 kilometers from the Provincial Capitol and lies at an average of 2,495 feet above sea level. It has a municipal jurisdiction of 17,056 hectares, composed of 67% public domain and only 33% alienable and disposable lands. It has a very cold temperature, ranging from 16 to 27 degrees Celsius, best enjoyed by tourists at its coldest in December, January and February
Salvador Benedicto used to be a clump of remote barangays belonging to the towns of Murcia and Calatrava, and San Carlos City. No roads cut through this hidden heartland then, making it a lair of rebels and insurgents. This lawlessness prompted the province to let the area take on the new sovereign identity of a municipality. Everything has since changed.
Today, Salvador Benedicto prides itself for its natural beauty, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. There is much to discover in Don Salvador Benedicto from its pine-tree-lined highway, its abundance of caves, falls, and nature trails, and the unique, preserved culture and local wisdom of its indigenous peoples.