Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental
Moises Padilla is formerly called Magallon, an old barangay district of a neighbour town of Isabela.
The town is famous for its vast livestock yard, the major source of income of the town. Traders all over the island of Negros come to buy, sell, and trade all kinds of farm and dairy animals. The town's official emblem shows the Carabao or the Water Buffalo.
Moises Padilla is situated in central part of Negros Island. The location of the town is best for viewing the mount Canlaon in its near perfect cone shape. Along the east side part of the town is the longest river in Negros Island, the Binalbagan River.
The town is amazingly having its natural spring water right in the heart of the town. Large concrete storage tank was constructed to store the never ending supply of clean and fresh water. No mechanical device needed to extract the rare wealth, it just flowing free and filled the tank endlessly.
Three miles north from the town is a small sitio called Magallon Cadre. Here lie the ruins of field hospital of the U.S. Army and USAFEE before the World War II. Magallon had witnessed the brutality and terror of World War II. However no event was ever recorded in public documents. It is believed and verified by older citizens that the opening attack of Japanese invaders were sending the two well-armed Zero fighters. The Japanese commander had chosen cleverly to initiate the attack during the market day of the Magallon which is every Tuesdays; where the large population gathered and met to buy food, clothing, farm tools, and everything of value. According to witnesses, the two Japanese Zero fighters began their low level flight from Crossing Magallon all the way to the heart of Magallon that have a distance of about 7 kilometers. They strafed any thing that moves in the road; people, children, and animals of all kinds. They finally dropped their two lethal cargoes of bombs right in the center of the market. After recovering from initial shock, the Japanese infantry began pouring in from every direction of the barangay.
After the war, the town is still named Magallon. It was only changed to "Moises Padilla" sometime after the death of Moises Padilla, a candidate for mayor of Magallon who was tortured and murdered by Governor Rafael Lacson and his private army for refusing to back-out of mayoraly race. Moises Padilla requested help from the late Ramon Magsaysay, then a Secretary of National, who provided him with security detail during the election period. Moises Padilla lost the election and when the security detail was pulled-out, Lacson's private army tortured him while parading him from one town to another to show their power. Magsaysay eventually arrived but he's too late; Padilla is already dead. When Magsaysay became a Philippine president, he passed the resolution to change the name of Magallon into Moises Padilla, and the major barangay of Isabela became officially a town. Lacson and his cohort were eventually found guilty and sentenced to death by electric chair.
Moises Padilla is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.
- Barangay 1 (Pob.)
- Barangay 2 (Pob.)
- Barangay 3 (Pob.)
- Barangay 4 (Pob.)
- Barangay 5 (Pob.)
- Barangay 6 (Pob.)
- Barangay 7 (Pob.)
- Crossing Magallon
- Magallon Cadre
- Quintin Remo