Convergence of the North and South and where East meets West, Murcia is fast becoming an alternative site for residential development in Negros. Traffic and pollution free, the place boasts of an abundant water and power supply. Murcia’s transformation from predominantly agricultural town to an economic zone reflects the local government’s effort in replicating the industrialization boom in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite and Subic areas. These are made possible with the establishment of road networks, bridges and other infrastructure projects connecting Murcia to Negros’ capital city, Bacolod.
From waterfalls to river resorts, Murcia is home to the province’s flagship tourism attraction, the scenic and romantic Mambukal Summer Resort. Sportsmen frequent the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Hacienda Binitin, Brgy. Blumentritt, site of various national tournaments. It is also in Blumentritt where the best Tanduay spirits are distilled. Murcia is co-host to the North Negros Geothermal Project of the Philippine National Oil Company-Energy Development Corporation, that would provide the electricity needs of the province in the coming years. Murcia is guaranteed priority in the use of geothermal power.
Founded in 1860 by Augustinian Recollect priest, Fr. Miguel Alvarez, Murcia is believed to have gotten its name from a town in Spain. During the Second World War, its municipal hall was used as a garrison by the Japanese, who were constantly attacked by guerillas who drove them out on April 21, 1945. It was in the mountains of Murcia where a Free Negros Government was set up under Gov. Alfredo Montelibano, Sr.