Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines
Barangays of Isabela City, Philippines
Aguada • Balatanay • Baluno • Begang • Binuangan • Busay • Cabunbata • Calvario • Carbon • Diki • Dona Ramona T. Alano • Isabela Eastside • Isabela Proper • Kapatagan Grande • Kapayawan • Kaumpurnah Zone I • Kaumpurnah Zone II • Kaumpurnah Zone III • Kumalarang • La Piedad • Lampinigan • Lanote • Lukbuton • Lumbang • Makiri • Maligue • Marang-marang • Marketsite • Masula • Menzi • Panigayan • Panunsulan • Port Area • Riverside • San Rafael • Santa Barbara • Santa Cruz • Seaside • Small Kapatagan • Sumagdang • Sunrise Village • Tabiawan • Tabuk • Tampalan • Timpul
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List of Municipalities in the Basilan Province, Philippines
Akbar | Al-Barka | Hadji Mohammad Ajul | Hadji Muhtamad | Lantawan | Maluso | Sumisip | Tabuan-Lasa | Tipo-Tipo | Tuburan | Ungkaya Pukan
Cities in Basilan: Isabela City | Lamitan City
Seal of Isabela City
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Isabela City within the Island of Basilan
Locator Map of Basilan
Isabela City Hall
Hall of Justice of port area, Isabela City
Port of Isabela City
Coast Guard Detachment, Port Area
Philippine Ports Authority, Port Area
Kaun Purna Mosque
Masjid Mahabba Mosque, Port Area, Isabela City
Social Security System, Port Area, Isabela City
2nd Municipal Circuit Trial Court, Port Area, Isabela City
Philippine National Red Cross, Port Area, Isabela City
General Hospital, Binuangan, Isabelela
Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines
The city of Isabela is within the island of Basilan. The island of Basilan is within the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), however, the city of Isabela is not part of the ARMM and is administratively listed within Region IX.
Nevertheless, it is the capital city of the ARMM province of Basilan.
Location of Isabela City, Philippines
Isabela City is only 30 minutes away via sea jet boats from Zamboanga City.
Isabela is located in the Northern part of Basilan Island, North 63 degrees, 45 minutes Latitude and South 121 degrees, 58 minutes Longitude. It is approximately 17 nautical miles south of Zamboanga City. Its political boundaries are; the town of Lamitan bounded on the east; on the west by the town of Lantawan; on the south by the towns of Sumisip and Maluso; and on the north by the Basilan Strait, which separates the Island from Zamboanga Peninsula.
Geography of Isabela City, Philippines
Land Area. The city of Isabela has a total land area of 22,373 hectares, part of which is distributed to the islands of Malamawi, Lampinigan and Balatanay. The city consist 45 barangays with 18 urban barangays and 27 rural barangays.
History of Isabela City, Philippines
By virtue of Republic Act No. 9023 Isabela was granted Cityhood.
Isabela's first City Mayor then was Luis R. Biel II, elected in 1998.
BRIEF HISTORY: Isabela City is the business center and capital of the Island province of Basilan, with its islets lies in the midst of the waters of the Celebes Sea, the Moro Gulf and the Sulu Sea, situated at the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula.
In the ancient times, this beautiful island province was called “TAGUIMA”, while Isabela was referred to by its ethnic groups (the Yakans, Samal Bangingih, Badjaos and Tausogs) as “PASANGAN”, which name it still holds among the natives. In 1844 the Spaniards occupied “Pasangan”, and in July of the following year was named Isabela, in honor of Queen Isabel II of Spain by Don Ramon Lubo, Marine Chief of Zamboanga and Don Catyetano Suarez de Fiqueroa, Governor of the District.
During the Spanish regime and the American occupation, Basilan was part of the Zamboanga Province, which then also included the Province of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. In 1937, the City of Zamboanga brought into existence and made Basilan as part of the newly created City.
On July 1, 1948 by virtue of Republic Act No. 288, sponsored by then Congressman Juan S. Alano, Basilan island became a chartered City, separating it from City of Zamboanga, with three Districts, namely – Isabela, Lamitan and Maluso. Mayor Nicasio Valderoza was the first appointed City Mayor, who served until December 31, 1953, when he retire, Leroy S. Brown took his oath as the next appointive Mayor of the City, who later became the first and the last elective Mayor of the City of Basilan.
On December 27, 1973, President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 356 creating Basilan Province. The Province had three Municipalities: Lamitan, Maluso and Isabela, the latter being its capital. Basilan City which previously had an area of about 1,359 square kilometers was left with an area of barely one square kilometer.
On December 2, 1974, P.D. 593 was issued amending P.D. 356 and increasing the area of Basilan Province to about 3 square kilometers and creating ten municipalities to comprise the province – Isabela, Lamitan, Maluso, Lantawan, Sumisip, Tipo-Tipo,Tuburan, Tapiantana, Malamawi and Pilas.
On December 11, 1975, Presidential Decree No. 840 was issued by President Marcos reducing the number of municipalities comprising the province from ten to seven, namely: Isabela, Lamitan, Maluso, Lantawan, Sumisip, Tipo-Tipo and Tuburan. The former City of Basilan and the Municipality of Malamawi were absorbed by the Municipality of Isabela with an area of about 22,373 hectares.
On December 12, 1975, Atty. Ricardo G. Mon, number one Councilor of the defunct City of Basilan, took his oath of office as Mayor of the Isabela Municipality before regional Commissioner Rear Admiral M. Espaldon in Zamboanga City. On January 1, 1976, Atty. Mon, officially assumed as Mayor of the Municipality of Isabela.
On March 5, 2001 Republic Act No. 9023 “An Act Converting the Municipality of Isabela, Province of Basilan into a component city to be known as the City of Isabela” was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Then on April 25, 2001 the Isabeleños ratified Isabela City.
The following persons served as Mayors under this charter:
- APPOINTIVE TERM
- Hon. Ricardo G. Mon 1975-1980
- ELECTIVE TERM
- Hon. Alvin G. Dans 1980-1986
- Hon. Hermino M. Montebon, OIC 1986-1988*
- Hon. Benjamin R. Valencia 1988-1991
- Hon. Leonardo A. Pioquinto 1991-1998**
- Hon. Luis R. Biel II 1998-2006
- Hon. Rodolfo Y. Tan 2006-2007
- Hon. Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar 2007-2010-2013
- information verbatim from: http://www.isabelacity.ph
People of Isabela City, Philippines
- Registered Voters of Isabela City as of (2010) oe COMELEC= 37,983
- Population of Isabela City (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census)= 87,985
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.
- Elected government officials of Isabela City for the term of 2013-2016
- Mayor: Cherrylyn Santos Akbar
- Vice-Mayor:Abdulbaki Jahandal Ajibon
- TIPLANI, JASHIM (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 7146 7.33%
- AKBAR, AL-QAID (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6505 6.67%
- CASAS, JAY (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6463 6.63%
- TUBONGBANUA, MARIAJENNESA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 5872 6.02%
- Moumar Lipai Muarip LIBERAL PARTY 5725 5.87%
- ISMAEL, JOJIE INDEPENDENT 5522 5.66%
- DANS, NIDA INDEPENDENT 5361 5.50%
- James Abner Suson Rodriguez LIBERAL PARTY 5221 5.35%
- MARCOS, EDWIN (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 4746 4.87%
- ALEJO, MAX (PDP) PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO PILIPINO LAKAS NG BAYAN 4741 4.86%
- Elected government officials of Isabela City for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor: Cherrylyn Santos Akbar
- Vice-Mayor:Abdulbaki Jahandal Ajibon
Barangay Elected Officials of Isabela City
Businesses in Isabela City, Philippines
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- Banks and Financial Institutions in Isabela City
- Metro Bank, Port Area, Isabela City
- Padjak Pawnshop, Port Area, Isabela City
- Philippine National Bank, Port Area, Isabela City
- Fish Markets, SuperMarket, Vegetable Stands, Stores
- Central Square supermart, Port Area, Isabela City
- Hospitals and Clinics in Isabela City
- General Hospital, Binuangan, Isabela City
- Community Hospital, San Rafael, Isabela City
- Resorts, Restaurants and Places to eat
- Isawad Resort and Swimming Pool, Menzi, Isabela City
Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Isabela City, Philippines
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Isabela City, Philippines
- Sta. Isabel Cathedral
- Named in honor of the patron saint of Isabela City. Located in the heart of the town, this pet project of former Bishop Jose Ma. Querexeta js of modern architectural design.
- Chapel of Peace, Calvario Peak - A project of the religious sector 400 meters above sea level; an excellent site for photo enthusiasts. It is 15 kms. from Isabela proper but is only a 15-18 minute ride by bus or jeepney.
- Kaun Purna Mosque
- An old and imposing mosque, the sight of which greets visitors aboard ferries as they sail the channel into Isabela.
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Schools in Isabela City, Philippines
School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.
Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.
School Year 2013-2014 in public elementary and high schools will start on June 3 and end on March 31, 2014 High Schools in Isabela City
- Basilan National High School - Basilan NHS - ISA L. IBRAHIM
- Basilan National High School - Night - ISA L. IBRAHIM
- Basilan National High School - Malamawi NHS Annex - SITTI HAIRAN S. IBRAHIM
- Begang National High School - NORMA B. TARUC
- Begang National High School - Tandung Ahas Annex - ROLANDO F. URANING
- Kumalarang National High School - DAPIA A. ISMAEL
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Sports and Recreation in Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines
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Arts and Culture in Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines
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Economy of Isabela City, Philippines
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Natural Resources of Isabela City, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
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Points of Interest in Isabela:
- White Beach - A fine beach found in Malamawi Island. Good for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.
- Malamawi Island - The gateway to Basilan. Here, the parola of the lighthouse guides ships and vintas to the channel. Here can also be found the traditional resting place of the nomad sea-faring Badjaos and Sama-Luans-Banguingui. It also boasts of the only lake in the province with wild ducks. Also found in Malamawi is the Panigayan fishing village where spearfishing is recommended.
- Tabiawan & Busay Waterfalls - Located in Isabela and good for picnics and bathing.
- Balagtasan Waterfalls - The biggest waterfalls in the province where the Basilan hydroelectric plant is located.
- Kumalarang River - This has a 14-meter waterfall and is a proposed site for a hydroelectric plant. Ideal for picnics and photo shoots.
- Sumagdang Beach - A natural site for swimming, passing through coconut plantations, small rice fields, and fish ponds. Only 4 kms. from Isabela proper and easily accessible by jeepney, tricycle, or bus.
- Block 35 Falls - This is found inside the Menzi Plantation.
- Balas Beach - A cove-shaped beach about 25 minutes away from the town hall; ideal for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and snorkeling.
- Menzi Agricultural Plantation - See the actual processing of rubber, coffee, black pepper, and African palm oil in this plantation now owned and run by a local cooperative.
- Houses on Stilts at Malamawi and Kaun Purna - Rising from the waters at the shorelines are communities that seem to float houses on stilts and home to those whose closeness to the sea is a philosophy of life itself.
- Claretcraft, a display center for native handicraft such as bags, mats, all fashioned from buri and the unique Yakan cloth.
- Landmarks are usually photographed a lot by visitors. Post the Isabela City landmarks here.
Fiestas and Traditions of Isabela City, Philippines
Every city has some sort of a festival or tradition that is celebrated every year. In the Philippines almost all barangays that are predominantly populated by Christians celebrate fiesta. Tell us about the festivals, fiestas and traditions of Isabela City.
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- IMF exec sees Q1 growth at 6%
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- Carabao Festival
- Date: May 14 - Location: Angono, Rizal
- Farmers pay tribute to their patron saints; a procession of carabao carts bearing a myriad local produce is held; prizes are awarded to the strongest and most beautifully decorated carabaos.
- Date: May 14 Location: Pulilan, Bulacan
- Hundreds of festively adorned carabaos are paraded by their farmer-owners on the street leading to the church; there the carabaos are made to kneel down as a homage to San Isidro de Labrado, the patron saint of farmers.
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Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- Total Distance to be traveled: 540 kilometers or 338 miles - Visit our WebPage
Your Story about Isabela City, Philippines
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Isabela City News
PIA Press Release
Mayor Akbar leads Women's Month celebration in Isabela City
By Faisal Saddalani
Isabela City, Basilan (19 March) -- It is a whole day affair to almost 3,000 women of Isabela City representing different women organizations headed by no less than the Lady Chief Executive of the City, Mayor Cherrylyn Santos Akbar in celebrating this year's observance of Women's Month last March 16.
The activity started with a kick off parade attended mostly by the members of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) together with Mayor Akbar to show the highlights of women's achievement and empowerment from the time she took Office as the Chief Executive of the City.
Despite of the obstacles in life and critics in her administration, the Mayor in her speech proudly informed Isabeleñas of her several projects and programs being implemented for the City, especially those that help the women sector through alternative livelihood assistance and medical attention.
"It is hard to lead as your Mayor with several detractors, but I need to show that I am a woman with principle, to give what is necessary for Isabela City and I asked you to help me in providing even more," the Mayor said.
Mayor Akbar also added that her life indeed is an achievement and the symbol of success for every Isabeleña where she described herself being raised from a poor family but with a great ambition and determination in life, gave her the way to succeed.
"I would like to remind you that we don't need to be rich, beautiful and intelligent to be provided with importance. What we need is only to exert our right as a woman, do our responsibility, be brave and be strong to fight for those rights", she added.
Former City Administrator Ramon T. Nuñal, Jr. in his opening remarks described women nowadays working like a man, like helping raise their family and children not only at home but also in finding the means for livelihood.
NAGDILAAB Foundation Executive Director Miriam L. Suacito, on her part, emphasized the role of women in project and program management, participation in decision and policy making that leads to good governance.
According to her, women today are indeed "Babae Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan" because based on studies, female executive outnumbered male counterpart and as becoming the main agent in the implementation of projects and programs, notwithstanding that there are still more women who became victims of kidnapping and violence, apparently referring to her companion in the foundation.
After the opening program, the City Government also organized games and raffle to entertain participants where they have the chance to receive home appliances and other surprises such as grocery items from the Lady Chief Executive.
In addition, the Mayor also informed the crowd that in the succeeding days, Pinoy's favorite past time Bingo Alegria will also be held in different barangays as part of the celebration.
Aside from the members of KALIPI, the activity was also participated by some government agencies like Philippine National Police, Philippine Marines, Isabela Water District, Day Care Workers, City Government Employees, Barangay Officials and other private and non government organization.
Signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on March 1, 1988, Proclamation No. 224 declares March 8, 1988 and every year thereafter as Women's Rights and International Peace Day.
The Proclamation affirmed the solidarity with the United Nations and recognized Filipino women's contribution in the struggle for national independence, civil liberties, equality and human rights.
The celebration of Women's Month was also further strengthened by virtue of R.A. 6949 in which every March 8 of the year is declared as special working holiday and enjoining employees from the government and private sector to participate in the activities conducted by their offices.
This year's theme is "Babae, Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan".
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*[[Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines]]
Why Z-Wiki Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines?
We want to give the people of Isabela City the ability to promote their community to the world via the internet by providing this interactive website. The growth of this website of Isabela City is not dependent upon one individual. This website will grow as more people of Isabela City participate and collaborate in providing valid information about their community and also by uploading photographs about their community. More power to Isabela City.