Municipality of DS Benedicto
Don Salvador Benedicto was located in the hinterlands of the entire north of Negros Occidental. Due to the inaccessibility of different barangays of San Carlos City, Calatrava and Murcia; DS Benedicto was primarily established to consolidate all these remote barangays which usually neglected because of their location. The Batas Pambansa Blg. 336 by former President Ferdinand Marcos finalized it on February 9, 1983, and the legislation was authored by Assemblyman Alfonso Garcia and Joe Varela, Jr.
The municipality got its name after the name of the late Vice-Governor Salvador Benedicto who did an important role for establishing the Revolutionary Government in Negros Island especially in the area of Brgy. Igmaya-an during the World War II when the Philippines was under the government of Japanese military.The territorial formation of DS Benedicto is composed of two (2) barangays from the Municipality of Murcia (Pandanon and Igmaya-an), three (3) barangays from the City of San Carlos (Kumaliskis, Bunga and Pinowayan-Prosperidad), and two (2) barangays from the Municipality of Calatrava (Bagong Silang-Marcelo and Bago-Lalong).
The official dialect used by the residents of the town was Cebuano which almost 60 percent of the people can speak this, while the rest used Ilonggo, Tagalog and English.On of the best cultural that was adapted by people of DS Benedicto was “kali” or known as arnis or escrima”. It is traditional martial arts of the Filipino since 7th century which designed for physical training, mental development and upliftment and strengthening of moral foundation. Every year the celebration of “Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival was observed in the municipality which showcase the various cultural and traditional activities of the people.