Second District of the Province of Iloilo: The second congressional district of the province of Iloilo is composed of the following municipalities: Alimodian, Leganes, Leon, New Lucena, Pavia, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, and Zarraga. The district has been represented in the House of Representatives of the Philippines since 1916 and in the Philippine Assembly from 1907 to 1916.
Second Congressional District of Iloilo
- Municipality of Alimodian
- Municipality of Leganes
- Municipality of Leon
- Municipality of New Lucena
- Municipality of Pavia
- Municipality of San Miguel
- Municipality of Sta. Barbara
- Municipality of Zarraga
Municipality of Alimodian
Alimodian is a third-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. In a 2020 census, it has a population of 39,722. Dubbed as the banana capital of Western Visayas, it is said to produce the most harvest and the sweetest bananas in the regions. Apart from that, it is also a major producer of maize, mangoes, root crops, sweet potatoes, legumes, bamboo, coconut, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, and strawberries. It has also earned the title ‘strawberry capital of Iloilo’. Alimodian is 39 kilometers (24 miles) from Iloilo City. Politically, it is subdivided into 51 barangays and 8 administrative districts.
Tourism highlights include the Alimodian Public Plaza, the Agony Hill, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Church and Convent, the Alimodian Municipal Building, and the Seven Cities (clustered barangays in the upland hinterlands of Alimodian and is linked to the Bucari mountain range of Leon.
Municipality of Leganes
Leganes is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 34,725. It is nestled 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from Iloilo City and the town is made up of houses, farms, and light agricultural spaces. Moreover, Leganes is part of the Metro Iloilo – Guimaras area. Politically, it is subdivided into 18 barangays.
Prior to its name, Leganes was formerly ‘Valencia’ named by early founders after the town’s patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer of Valencia. The church, a tourist highlight’ is known as the ‘Mecca of Iloilo’ and is the most visited site in the town. Event and tourism highlights for Leganes include ‘Biraw Paraw’ (town’s tourism event), Gethsemane Retreat House and Orchard, and Leganes Church.
Municipality of Leon
Leon is a second-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. In a 2020 census, it has a population of 51,990 and is 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Iloilo City. Leon is known as the ‘vegetable basket of the province’ due to its supply of asparagus, cabbages, baguio beans, sayote, eggplants, carrots, and other vegetables. Politically, it is subdivided to 85 barangays.
Tourism highlights in the town of Leon include the famous Bucari Mountain Range, dubbed the ‘summer capital of Iloilo’ and ‘vegetable garden of Iloilo’, as well as the Pineridge Bucari Mountain Resort, Bucari Pine Forest and Waterfalls, and the Leon Church.
Municipality of New Lucena
New Lucena is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 24,314. Prior to its name, New Lucena was known as ‘Jimanban’, which was a part of the municipality of Cabatuan. Moreover, the ‘new’ in New Lucena was added in 1955. New Lucena is centrally located in the province of Iloilo, and it is 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Iloilo City. Politically, it is subdivided into 21 barangays.
Tourism highlights include the famous Mila’s Hill Inland Resort, an initiative of the Jarfel Corporation.
Municipality of Pavia
Pavia is a second-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 70,388. Although the smallest municipality in terms of land area, Pavia is the regional agro-industrial center for Western Visayas and is only 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Iloilo City. It is also part of the Metro Iloilo – Guimaras area. Politically, it is subdivided into 18 barangays.
Pavia has one of the fastest-growing economies in Iloilo. To date, it is home to the following: Vitarich Corporation, New Panay Agri-ventures, Green Meadows, Providence, Centro Verde, Parc Regency, Centennial Homes, Deca Homes, Mandaue Foam, CT Mall, Puregold, GT Town Center, Robinsons Pavia, Gateway Hotel, Holy Mary Women and Children’s Hospital, Robinsons Builders, Coca Cola Bottling Company, and Taytay sang Kauswagan, to mention a few.
Municipality of San Miguel
San Miguel is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 30,115. It is bordered by Cabatuan in the north, Sta Barbara and Pavia in the east, Alimodian and Leon in the west, and Oton in the south. Moreover, southeast of San Miguel is the Mandurriao district of Iloilo City. San Miguel is also part of the Metro Iloilo – Guimaras area and is politically divided into 24 barangays.
San Miguel is the site of the Aganan River Dam, an agricultural purpose dam used for irrigation in the surrounding towns. It is also home to Pepsi Bottlers Philippines Inc. Tourism highlights in the town include the Goducate Training Center, and the San Miguel Church.
Municipality of Sta. Barbara
Sta. Barbara is a second-class municipality in the province of Iloilo and is a part of the Metro Iloilo – Guimaras area. As of 2020, it has a population of 67,630 and is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Iloilo City. Politically, it is subdivided into 60 barangays.
Sta. Barbara has a strong contribution to Filipino history – it is the place where the Filipino flag was first raised outside Luzon, the event known today as the ‘Cry of Sta. Barbara’, recognizing the efforts of General Martin Delgado and his army. Moreover, the town is home to historical landmarks such as Cry of Sta. Barbara Marker, Sta. Barbara Victory Plaza, and General Martin Delgado Monument, to mention a few. Other notable landmarks are the Iloilo Golf and Country Club, Centennial Museum and Convention Center, and the Sta. Barbara Irrigation Dam.
Municipality of Zarraga
Zarraga is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 27,305. Just 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) from Iloilo City, Zarraga is politically divided into 24 barangays. Tourism highlights in the town include the following: Zarraga Church, and various inland resorts.