|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|Area|| 363.66 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 88,684|
Himamaylan became a city through the proclamation of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under Republic Act No. 9028 last March 5, 2001. It is the first and only city in the 5th District of Negros Occidental.
Being a rich source of fish, talaba, and wooden poles for electric posts, Himamaylan could not hope more but to be a very promising city in the province of Negros Occidental.
Himamaylan is less than two hours drive south of Bacolod City. Public utility vehicles plying the southern Negros route pass by this new city.
The City has gained prominence in politics over the years. Three Governors trace their roots from Himamaylan, Valeriano "Valing" Gatuslao, Miguel Gatuslao, and Agustin Ramos.
Governor Valeriano Gatuslao served for thirteen years and was famous for his common touch. Valing started his political career in Murcia as councilor, then was elected as provincial board member. He won almost every election by landslide and was one of the island's most popular politicians of the time. Gatuslao Street in Bacolod City and the district hospital in Himamaylan are named in his honor.
Governor Miguel Gatuslao led the resistance against the Japanese in southern Negros during World War II, where he was appointed one of the deputy Governors of the island. After the war he was elected Vice-Governor and served until the early 80's However, he was best known for his enthusiastic promotion of the Boy Scouts.
Agustin Ramos was also a long-serving politician. He served as mayor of Himamaylan, Congressman, and Governor.
Congressman Agustin "Tuting" Gatuslao is remembered as the "builder of the third district," due to the numerous infrastructure projects he undertook during his terms. He represented then the 3rd District of Negros Occidental which encompassed most of southern Negros. The stadium in Himamaylan City was named in his honor.
Mayor Jose "Nanding" Gatuslao was the longest serving mayor of Himamaylan. Having served for more than two decades.
These four Gatuslaos were brothers and for a while served at the same time. This unprecedented record has yet to be matched by any other family in Negros. At the height of their political power, during the post-war era, the Gatuslao family was considered one of the most powerful clans in southern Negros. They are still the most prominent family in Himamaylan.
In 1980, Roberto "Bob" Gatuslao, son of Jose, won a seat in the Interim Batasang Pambansa. Four years later his first cousin Antonio "Tony" Gatuslao, son of Agustin, won election to the same body. Inspite of having the same surname, both won in 1984. Roberto ran under the KBL banner while Antonio was an independent.
The current mayor of the City is Hon. Menchit Bascon (daughter of Agustin). While a leading Councilor is Atty. Len Gatuslao (son of Antonio).
Although no Gatuslao has served as Governor of the province since Valeriano, the Gatuslaos are slowly rebuilding their political base from Himamaylan City.
- Mayor Menchit Bascon
- Vice Mayor Luz Bayot
- SPM Gerry Gamposilao
- SPM Atty. Len Gatuslao
- SPM Rolando Da-anoy
- SPM Bernard Javelosa
- SPM Felino Libo-on
- SPM Ramon Wladato
- SPM Joselito Saguban
- SPM Janet Villafranca
- SPM Rodolfo Tongson
- SPM Cristina Silverio
- SPM Antonio Limsiaco (ABC President)
- SPM Jose Maria Limsiaco (SK President)
Himamaylan City is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.