Republic of Negros
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Republic of Negros
Republic of Negros

Hiligaynon: Republika sang Negros
Cebuano: Republika sa Negros
Spanish: República de Negros
Flag of Negros
Flag of the Revolutionary Government in Bacolod (1899)[1][2]
Location of the Republic of Negros in the Philippines
Location of the Republic of Negros in the Philippines
StatusProvisional Revolutionary Government (1898)
Constituent of the Federal State of the Visayas (1898-1899)
US Protectorate (1899-1901)
Common languagesHiligaynon, Cebuano and Spanish
o 1898-1899
Aniceto Lacson
Governor General of the Provinces 
o 1899-1901
Melecio Severino
President of the Chamber of Deputies 
o 1899-1899
José Luzuriaga
LegislatureChamber of Deputies
Historical eraCentury XIX-XX
o End of the Negros Revolution
November 27, 1898
o Surrender of Negros to U.S. forces
March 4, 1899
Today part of Philippines

The Republic of Negros (Hiligaynon: Republika sang Negros; Cebuano: Republika sa Negros; Spanish: República de Negros) was a short-lived cantonal revolutionary republic in the eponymous Visayan island, and later, an administrative division, which existed while the Philippines was under Spanish and American sovereignty.

It was briefly revived as the Negros Island Region,[3] which existed between 2015 and 2017. It is currently one of the federal regions proposed by the 2018 consultative committee on constitutional reform.[4]


Official flag of the Negros Revolution until 1898. The flag was changed when the Negros Republic was established (1898-1901)

From November 3-6, 1898, the Negrenses rose in revolt against the Imperial Spanish authorities headed by the politico-military governor, colonel Isidro de Castro. The Spaniards decided to surrender upon seeing armed troops marching in a pincer movement towards Bacolod, the main city of the island. The revolutionaries, led by generals Juan Araneta, from Bago and Aniceto Lacson, from Talisay, were actually carrying fake arms consisting of rifles carved out of palm fronds and cannons of rolled bamboo mats painted black. On 5 November, Spanish officials surrendered themselves to native leaders. A provisional government was then established with Aniceto Lacson as President, and a notice of this was sent to Emilio Aguinaldo in Luzon.[5] On November 27, 1898, the unicameral Chamber of Deputies (Spanish: Cámara de Diputados) met in Bacolod and declared the establishment of the Cantonal Republic of Negros'(Spanish: República Cantonal de Negros). The Chamber of Deputies acted as a Constituent Assembly to draft a constitution. Eventually, the proposed constitution of the Federal Republic of Negros was not implemented.[6] On January 1, 1899, following the brief Negros Revolution in November 1898, the Federal Republic of Negros was proclaimed either as a sovereign state or a canton with two provinces. Notice of its establishment was sent to General Aguinaldo.

The Republic was surrendered to U.S. forces on March 4, 1899,[5][7] following the outbreak of hostilities between the nascent First Philippine Republic and the U.S. military government which had been established during the Spanish-American War, and came under U.S. protection on April 30, 1899 as a separate state from the rest of the Philippine Islands.[7][6] A constitution which proposed two governors, a U.S. military governor and a civil governor elected by the voters of Negros, was framed by a committee sitting in Bacolod and sent to General Otis in Manila and was proclaimed to take effect on October 2, 1899. The Republic operated smoothly under this constitution until the province of Occidental Negros was established on April 20, 1901,[8] and annexed to the Philippine Islands by the United States as The Republic of Negros.[9]

The U.S. retained control until the Japanese imperial occupation in World War II.

The Republic was briefly resurrected between 29 May 2015 and 9 August 2017 with the blessing of Manila as the Negros Island Region, albeit excluding Siquijor,[10] which had nonetheless once formed part of present-day Negros Oriental. Its revival as a federal region of the Philippines is currently[timeframe?] under consideration by Manila.[11][failed verification][12][failed verification]

Republican leaders

The leaders of the short-lived republic were:[13]

Aniceto Lacson
(November 5, 1898 - November 27, 1898)
November 5, 1898 - July 22, 1899

(President in Negros Occidental only until November 27, 1898)
Demetrio Larena
(November 24, 1898 - November 27, 1898)
November 5, 1898 - July 22, 1899

(President in Negros Oriental only)
José Luzuriaga
July 22, 1899 - November 6, 1899
President of the Chamber of Deputies
Eusebio Luzurriaga Secretary of the Treasury
Simeón Lizares Secretary of the Interior
Nicolás Gólez Secretary of Public Works
Agustín Amenábar Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce
Juan Araneta Secretary of War
Antonio Ledesma Jayme
July 24, 1854 - October 9, 1937
Secretary of Justice
Melecio Severino
November 6, 1899 - April 30, 1901
Governor-General of the Provinces


Historical marker commemorating the republic in Bago City

In Bago, the event was chronicled in a historic marker found in the Public Plaza, which bears the following inscription:


In this plaza of Bago was proclaimed the República de Negros by the revolutionary forces led by general Juan Anacleto Araneta, 5 November 1898. Witnessed by Ananías Diokno, representative of the Central Revolutionary Government. This Republic acknowledged the authority of the First Philippine Republic under Emilio Aguinaldo.

November 5 has been observed as a special non-working holiday in Negros Occidental through Republic Act No. 6709, signed by President Corazón Aquino on 10 February 1989.


  1. ^ "The Two Republics of Negros". Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "What is the República Negrénse?". Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Espina, Marchel P. "Don't dissolve Negros Island Region, lawmakers ask Duterte". Rappler.
  4. ^ Elemia, Camille. "Duterte's Con-Com eyes 17 regions, plus NCR, in planning federalism shift". Rappler.
  5. ^ a b Kalaw 1921, p. 148
  6. ^ a b "Negros History". Sillman University. The Philippine Revolution.
  7. ^ a b Two-article series:
  8. ^ Victoriano D. Diamonon (1920). The Development of Self-government in The Philippine Islands. University of Iowa. pp. 22-25.
  9. ^ Zaide, Gregorio F. (1970). Philippine Constitutional History and Constitutions of Modern Nations: With Full Texts of the Constitutions of the Philippines and Other Modern Nations. Modern Book Co. p. 34.
  10. ^ Espina, Marchel P. "Top Negrense officials split on Siquijor joining Negros Island Region". Rappler.
  12. ^ Cruz, Holden De La (October 22, 2019). "How federalism works: Federal form of government in the Philippines, explained". - Philippines news.
  13. ^ WorldStatesmen. "Philippines - Republic of Negros". Retrieved 2010.

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Coordinates: 10°N 123°E / 10°N 123°E / 10; 123

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