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Kabankalan, officially the City of Kabankalan and often simply referred to as Kabankalan City, is a first class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of about 181,977 people, making it the second most populous city in the Negros Island Region next to Bacolod City. Kabankalan City is the 2nd wealthiest city of Negros Occidental next to Bacolod. In terms of land area, Kabankalan City is the second largest city in Visayas next to Bayawan City with a total area of 697.35 km2
Kabankalan is over an hour’s drive south of Bacolod City by private car while public utility vehicles reach the place in about two hours. The city, which serves as the hub of economic activities in southern Negros, is also the take-off point for various destinations down south, and links the province to Dumaguete City, capital of Negros Oriental, via the Kabankalan-Mabinay Highway. Its location roughly halfway between Bacolod and Dumaguete made it to host the regional center of the Negros Island Region, along with neighbouring Mabinay to its southeast in Negros Oriental. Once completed, the Kabankalan City Domestic Airport will be the second active airport in the province (after the Bacolod-Silay International Airport). Also located in the city is the main campus of the Central Philippines State University (CPSU).
The city hosts three major festivals: the Kabankalan Sinulog every third Sunday of January (celebrated together with Cebu City), Udyakan sa Kabankalan and the Charter Anniversary. Kabankalan is also known for its Mag-aso Falls and the Balicaocao Resort.
Kabankalan City won the major award as the “Best Performing City” in Region VI (the former region) in the 2011 Regional Search for Excellence in Local Governance (EXCEL). The award was given during the Pagdayaw 2011 program held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel in December 2011.