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List of the 17 Regions in the Philippines
National - Capital Region I - Ilocos II - Cagayan III - C. Luzon IV-A - Calabarzon IV-B - Mimaropa V - Bicol VI - W. Visayas VII - C. Visayas VIII - E. Visayas IX - Zamboanga X - N. Mindanao XI - Davao XII - Soccsksargen XIII - Caraga XIV - CAR XV - BARMM

Within these 17 regions in the Philippines, there are 42,027 barangays, 1486 municipalities, 148 cities, 82 provinces. It has a democratic form of government and the freedom of speech is upheld by law. English is the "lingua franca" and is the mode of instruction in all high schools, colleges and universities. Laws and contracts are written in English.

A proposed site for the cross of Christ to be erected at the top of Mount columbato.

Zamboanga City will continue to be the champion against the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro lied when it said that the moros were the original inhabitants of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan. Moros are the followers of the religion of Islam and are not indigenous people. The moros (muslims) only showed up in 1380. Zamboanga's fort pilar defended against the invasion of the Moros in the 17th century and to this day Zamboanga continues to defend against the attacks of the Bangsamoro. Zamboanga City will continue in its campaign against the Bangsamoro militias (terrorist groups), the MILF and the MNLF.

Help build this 500 ft. cross on top of Mt. Columbato. Extend the effort of former Mayor Cesar C. Climaco when he developed the station of the cross in Abong-Abong. Let this 500 ft. cross be the marker.

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Zamboanga City 400 hectare Lake Reservoir - No more flooding incidents. No more lives lost. No more properties destroyed. No more water rationing. No more blackouts.

At the source of the Tumaga river which is only about 5 kilometers from the barangay of Pasonanca, the river can be dammed. It is naturally bordered by hills and mountains from 200 to 400 meters high.

By doing this the City of Zamboanga will never ever suffer from water shortages. There will be enough water supply even for the irrigation of farms. I have lived in Tumaga most of my life and this river never ran dry. The old folks much older than I am, attest to this same fact. The creation of this man-made lake may even be used for recreational purposes and to propagate the local species of fresh water fish for recreational fishing.

There is also a possible second benefit. Hydroelectric power can be generated from this dam.

If there is pro-active planning for this construction, turbines for generators can be planned into the construction of the dam. There will be enough electricity generated from these turbines to provide ample electricity for the entire City of Zamboanga and the Zamboanga peninsula.

Sacol Island International Airport

Sacol Island International Airport
China and Japan are building artificial islands to make Airports. Here we are, blessed with a natural island. The future expansion of Zamboanga City’s International Airport (ZIA) and Cargo Terminal should be established in the city-owned big Island of Sacol. Sacol Island is the most ideal and logical choice for the future expansion of the city’s international airport because of its location and isolation from the limited flatlands of the city proper. Locationg the airport in Sacol, will bring wealth and prosperity to the Zamboangueños who live in Sacol. >> Read More about it
Basilan Strait: Electric power generated from these power generators can power the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga City and even all of Mindanao and the Visayas islands.

Tidal Stream Generators
The distance between The island of Basilan and Zamboanga City is approximately 24 kilometers. The seabed at the basilan strait is not that deep. Mostly only about 100 to 150 feet deep.

These Tidal or Sea Current generators can be installed at the sea bed of the Basilan strait. With floating (anchored) platforms to mark the location of the generators.

The platforms can also be built big enough to hold a standing windmill, rooftop solar panels, and enclosure for an OTEC system to generate electricity. These renewable source of energy installed in the Basilan strait can supply energy for the entire island of Mindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Whenever additional energy is needed new platforms can be installed. Electricity can be even be supplied to islands in the Visayas region. Without energy prosperity can't be achieved. Without prosperity there is no peace.

Zamboanga City is a chartered City (October 12, 1936) and is an independent component of any provinces in the Philippines. Zamboanga City is the 6th most populated city in the Philippines and with a total land mass area of 1,483.38 square kilometers, makes Zamboanga City the 3rd largest city in the Philippines.

Zamboanga City, "urgullo" de Mindanao. Originally known as the City of Flowers. Then the Lobregat's came around and lobbied to change the tag line to "Asia's Latin City". Zamboanga City, The Pride of Mindanao. Zamboanga City is located at the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula and is one of the major cities in Mindanao. Zamboanga City is NOT a part of Zamboanga del Sur. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Commission on Election (comelec), PIA (Philippine Information Agency), and the office of the president of The Philippines as of today (12/1/2023), continues to incorrectly lists Zamboanga City as part of Zamboanga del Sur.

If you are traveling to Zamboanga City, you can't help but notice the remarkable mountain to the north side of the city. The mountain is called Columbato which translates to "column of stone". The tagalogs erroneously (early 90's) call columbato as "pulong-bato".
The four largest cities in the Philippines: Davao City, Puerto Princesa City, Zamboanga City, Ilagan City
  • Located at the tip of the zamboanga peninsula within region 9 in Mindanao.
  • Total Land Area: 148,338 hectares or 1,483.38 square kilometers or 572.73 square miles, which includes about 25 islands.
  • Topography: Elevation varies, From the coastlines to about 1 kilometer in. It starts at 2 meters to 3 meters as you move in and it gradually increases. The inland mountains are as high as 1000 meters. The main body of zamboanga city (limpapa to licomo) has over 130 kilometers of shoreline.
  • Zip Code of Zamboanga City: 7000
  • Phone Area code: 62
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Fort Pilar
Light a candle to your departed loved ones. Say a prayer. Ask them and the blessed Virgin Mary to help you in your quests.
Fort Pilar is the symbol of strength against bullies, oppression and Islamic invasion.
Muslims(Moros), Christians and other followers of religions are welcome to live in PEACE and unity. Zamboanga City will fight against the Bangsamoro(Nation of Muslim). We will not allow them to invade and take our city either by force or politics.

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Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?


There are only two kinds of people who teach tolerance:
  1. The Bullies. They want you to tolerate them so they can continue to maliciously deprive you. Do not believe these bullies teaching tolerance, saying that it’s the path to prevent hatred and prejudice.
  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.

Herbal Medicine, Heals Naturally and Maintains good health! Allows us to live Long and Prosper! We are one with Flora. Throughout time humans and the animal kingdom have relied on the healing power of herbs. We used them in several ways: we have ingested them, rubbed them on our bodies, bathed in them, even used them in our cooking to flavor our foods.Herbal Medicine, Heals Naturally and Maintains good health! Allows us to live Long and Prosper!

We are one with Flora. Throughout time humans and the animal kingdom have relied on the healing power of herbs. We used them in several ways: we have ingested them, rubbed them on our bodies, bathed in them, even used them in our cooking to flavor our foods.

Interactive Google Satellite Map of Zamboanga City, Philippines
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Panoramic View of the City from the Balcony of City Hall
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Montage of Zamboanga City
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December 2009 Christmas at Zamboanga City Hall
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2009 Fireworks at Plaza Pershing, Zamboanga City
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Zamboanga Peninsula
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Fort Pilar Zamboanga City during Fiesta Pilar Celebration
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Aerial View of Zamboanga City
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Pasonanca Tree House
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Limpapa Beach Front, Zamboanga City
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Medicinal Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, as alternative herbal remedies, or in some cases even spiritual usage. A medicinal herb may be a shrub or other woody plant, whereas a culinary herb is a non-woody plant, typically using the leaves.

Medicinal plants are widely used in non-industrialized societies, mainly because they are readily available and cheaper than modern medicines. The annual global export value of the thousands of types of plants with medicinal properties was estimated to be US$2.2 billion in 2012. In 2017, the potential global market for botanical extracts and medicines was estimated at several hundred billion dollars

Capisan, Zamboanga City Sunrise
Bangsamoro or Moro(Muslim) Islamic crisis in Zamboanga City

Fort Pilar was built in 1635 to protect Zamboanga from moro(muslim) invasion. The moros were pushed back but their insistence on taking and ruling zamboanga has not stopped. Little by little coastal barangays are occupied by muslims and they push away the non-muslim population, making the area a "no-go zone" for non-muslims. They constantly lobby the government. They claim to be oppressed when they are not and claim to be indigenous people when they are not.

Every opportunity they get, they would try to invade the city. Over the years through sheer population increase in barangays, they have eliminated fiestas and replaced them with hari-raya as the barangay's day. From just one barangay (Campo Muslim) majority muslim population to now 21 barangays with majority muslim populated barangays. Only 77 to go.

Every few years the Bangsamoro introduce new plebiscites to try out their population clout and take over the city. In central Mindanao, a once chavacano city, Cotabato city, succumbed to population invasion. Once a non-muslim majority city and not part of the ARMM(Bangsamoro) now (January 2019) the BOL (Bangsamoro Organic Law) was passed. But for the moros, the jewel is Zamboanga City. The moros(muslims) are patient with the take over plan of Zamboanga City. Complacency on the part of the non-muslim leaders and combined with the ignorance of Academia (Ateneo de Zamboanga University) being the leader of the pack in supporting bangsamoro, will be the demise of the city.

Location of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • Located at the tip of the zamboanga peninsula within region 9 in Mindanao.
  • Total Land Area: 1,483.38 square kilometers or 572.73 square miles
  • Elevation: Elevation varies, From the coastlines to about 1 kilometer in. It starts at 2 meters to 3 meters as you move in and it gradually increases. The inland mountains are as high as 1000 meters.
  • Zip Code of Zamboanga City: 7000
  • Phone Area code: 62
    • When you call from outside the Philippines to a land line in Zamboaga City you dial first your Int'l access code, then the Philippines country code (63) , Zamboanga's area code (62), then the local number. From a cell phone: 1st the Intl'l access code, then P.I. Country code (63), the cell phone number.

Zamboanga City is not part of Zamboanga del Sur

  • In October 12, 1936 Zamboanga city became a chartered city and was carved out from the province but remained as the capital of the province.
  • In September 17, 1952, via Republic Act No. 711 Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte was carved out from the province and the Zamboanga province no longer existed.
  • Zamboanga Sibugay was created on February 24, 2001 (carved out from the province of Zamboanga del Sur) during the term of Congressman George T. Hofer by Republic Act 8973.

History of Zamboanga City, Philippines

The entire Zamboanga peninsula was Zamboanga province. Zamboanga city was the capital of the Zamboanga province. In October 12, 1936 Zamboanga city became a chartered city and was carved out from the province but remained as the capital of the province. In September 17, 1952, via Republic Act No. 711 Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte was carved out from the province and the Zamboanga province no longer existed.

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We're proud to bring to all the Zamboangueños around the world and in our beloved City of Zamboanga, a special gift from a very special woman who helped witness the Presidential Charter creating the City of Zamboanga in 1936 - The former and still beloved Mayor Caling Lobregat, and her city hall crew. Muchas gracias con ustedes todo. Please download this photo freely, and share it with all your fellow Chavacanos, wherever they may be. This memorial photo belongs in all our hearts & homes. This is our story. This is our history. Long live our ancient City of Flowers! (In loving memory...)
  • Founded 13th and 14th Centuries
  • Established June 23, 1635:
    • June 23, 1635 should be symbolically known as “Dia del Chavacano de Zamboanga.” Why you might ask? This was the day that a permanent foothold was laid on Zamboanga by the Spanish government with the construction of the San José Fort, and the subsequent evolution and proliferation of a unique dialect/language based on ancient Creole Spanish that is called Chavacano de Zamboanga.

"Soon, the construction of one of the finest and most important Spanish forts in the East was put into effect. Upon careful choice of locating the fort at the southern-most tip of the peninsula for its military vantage point of the main water routes that converges in what's called today the Basilan Straights, the foundation of the grand fortress of Fuerza de San José was laid by Father Melchor de Vera, a Jesuit priest and engineer of the Spanish army, on June 23, 1635, establishing a permanent Spanish presence here brick-by-brick.2 Zamboanga City, as we know it today, was thus born.[1]"

The principal peoples of the Philippine archipelago were the Negritos, proto-Malays, and Malays. The Negritos are believed to have migrated by land bridges some 30,000 years ago, during the last glacial period. Later migrations were by water and took place over several thousand years in repeated movements before and after the start of the Christian era.2

Not much is known of the early inhabitants of the Mindanao Island peninsula during this time line. Although Western time line puts Philippine history in accordance to their discovery of the islands, this short-sighted view point cannot erase the factual history of the people who discovered and inhabited the islands long before the western world arrived. The barangay method of government of these peoples, in use for over a thousand years, was the biggest dividing line between their nation of small enclaves and the present geographically defined country that is The Philippines. Read More

The Republic of Zamboanga

Republic of Zamboanga (Revolutionary Government of Zamboanga): May 18, 1899 - Nov 16, 1899 (de facto) - This was the timeline when the new republic was independent and free of any foreign influence.

May 18, 1899 - Fort Pilar and its Spanish troops, in Southern Philippines, surrendered to the Revolutionary Government of Zamboanga.

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May 23, 1899 - The Spaniards evacuate the city of Zamboanga for good, after burning down most of the city's buildings in contempt of the Zamboangueños' revolt against them.

President of Zamboanga Republic

May 18, 1899 to November 16, 1899 [barely six (6)months], Vicente S. Alvarez was chosen by his fellow Zamboangueños to be their first president and popular leader of the revolutionary government established immediately after the former Spanish garrison troops evacuated to Manila. The events that followed afterwards were historically described as a mob mentality, filled with divided partisanship that lent to "jealous self-interest, biter rivalry, rapacity, and bloodshed" from assassinations and cattle-shooting for amusement. The president and his fellow Christian Zamboangueños' actions could not be considered heroic by any means, but was paralleled with that of the Moro Pirates with whom the fort of Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa was erected to defend against.6

The rivalry between the local revolutionary leadership of President Vicente S. Alvarez and opposition leader Isidoro Midel allowed for the easy subjugation of the city by the American forces when Midel sided with the Americans upon their arrival. As a reward for his help, the new American rulers allowed Isidoro Midel to continue as president of the new Zamboanga Republic for about sixteen (16) months, against the will of the people, after former president Vicente S. Alvarez fled to Mercedes, then later to Basilan, when the Americans arrived and took control of the fort del Pilar and its remaining armament. The saying "divide and conquer" was aptly applied to the new Zamboanga Republic.6 Read more...

People of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • People of Zamboanga City are called:
    • Zamboangueño = male
    • Zamboangueña = female
  • The Official Language of Zamboanga City is Chavacano.
  • The other major languages spoken in Zamboanga are:Filipino, English, Cebuano, Tausug, Subanon, Samal, Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese
  • English is still the language used in all the school system to educate the public. Filipino or Tagalog is the second language used for education.

  • The 2020 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: 977,234
  • The 2015 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: 861,799
  • The 2010 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: Total 807,129
  • The 2007 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: Total 774,407

The oldest man or woman in Zamboanga City

Do you know who the oldest man or woman is in your community of Zamboanga City? is starting this inquiry in order to honor the older generation of the Philippines. Please provide the full name and date of birth of the elder living in Zamboanga City. We will then post your entry in the Oldest Man or Woman in the Philippines page.

Chavacano de Zamboanga, The language of Zamboanga City

Chavacano is the unique native dialect of the city, a mixture of Spanish and various other local dialects and international languages, and is one of the oldest spoken language in the country reflecting a rich linguistic history of its people. English is widely spoken around town, and is the main language of education and international commerce. Numerous international languages, like German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, and Spanish, are spoken here, giving light to its historical importance as an international investment and destination haven for over three-hundred years.

Visit the interactive Chavacano online Dictionary. This is where you can collaborate and help keep the Chavacano dialect alive.

Chavacano to English
Translation Dictionary

Chavacano to English Translation Dictionary


Government of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • The location of the zamboanga city hall is within the barangay of Zone IV.
    City Hall
    Valderrosa Street
    Zone IV, Zamboanga City, Philippines 7000

The City of Zamboanga is entitled to at least 3 Districts since 2007, yet the controlling POLITICIANS insists on keeping the city at 2 districts only. Answer: If there are three districts there would be more money for the city but less for the representatives because they have to divide it into 3. Example: If the city is getting 10 for 2 districts, each rep gets 5. With 3 districts the city will get more, like 12 but now it has to be divided among 3 so each rep will only get 4. The original 2 reps who used to get 5 do not like it cuz now they are getting less.

Based on the 2007 census, then Congresswoman Maria Isabelle C. Salazar now mayor was "working" towards passing into law for a Third congressional district of Zamboanga City. Three elections later, the city is still at only 2 districts.

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.

Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City for the term of 2022-2025
Mayor of Zamboanga City: Josephine E. Pareja
Vice-Mayor of Zamboanga City: Rommel S. Agan
Representative District I: Congressman Khymer Adan Olaso
Representative District II: Congressman Manuel Jose M. "Mannix" Dalipe
  • Councillors for District I
  1. Litlit Macrohon
  2. El King Kasim Omaga
  • Councillors for District II
  4. ELAGO, VP

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City for the term of 2019-2022
Mayor of Zamboanga City: Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar
Vice-Mayor of Zamboanga City: Rommel S. Agan
Representative District I: Congressman Cesar "Jawo" Jimenez Jr.
Representative District II: Congressman Manuel Jose M. "Mannix" Dalipe
ABC (Association of Barangays Council) President: Perez, Jerry Evangelista, Punong Barangay (Chairman) of Putik
Indigenous People's City Council Representative: Tungkuh B. Hanapi
  • Councillors for District I
  1. Josephine E. Pareja
  2. Elbert "Bong" Atilano
  3. Khymer Olaso
  4. Litlit Macrohon
  5. Gerky Valesco
  6. Cesar L. "Sang" Jimenez
  7. Monsi Dela Cruz
  8. El King Kasim Omaga
  • Councillors for District II
  1. John M. Dalipe
  2. Benjamin Guingona III
  3. Juan (Kim) Climaco P. Elago
  4. Lilibeth Nuño
  5. Miguel C. Alavar III
  6. Jihan Edding
  7. Jimmy Villaflores
  8. Vincent Paul A. Elago

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City for the term of 2016-2019
Mayor of Zamboanga City: Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar
Vice-Mayor of Zamboanga City: Cesar S. Iturralde
Representative District I: Congressman Celso L. Lobregat
Representative District II: Congressman Manuel Jose M. "Mannix" Dalipe
ABC (Association of Barangays Council) President: Perez, Jerry Evangelista, Punong Barangay (Chairman) of Putik
Indigenous People's City Council Representative: Ismael Musa
  • Councillors for District I
  1. Rodolfo Rudy Bayot
  2. Josephine E. Pareja
  3. Cesar L. Jimenez
  4. Charlie M. Mariano
  5. Elbert "Bong" Atilano
  6. Myra Paz V. Abubakar
  7. Rodolfo R. Lim
  8. Jaime "Boday" Cabato
  • Councillors for District II
  1. Juan (Kim) Climaco P. Elago
  2. Rommel S. Agan
  3. Jimmy Villaflores
  4. Jihan Edding
  5. Teodyver Arquiza
  6. Lilibeth Nuño
  7. Miguel C. Alavar III
  8. Benjamin Guingona III

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City for the term of 2013-2016
Mayor of Zamboanga City: Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar
Vice-Mayor of Zamboanga City: Cesar S. Iturralde
Representative District I: Congressman Celso L. Lobregat
Representative District II: Congresswoman Lilia M. Nuño
ABC (Association of Barangays Council) President: Perez, Jerry Evangelista, Punong Barangay (Chairman) of Putik

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City for the term of 2010-2013
Mayor: Celso L. Lobregat
Vice-Mayor: Cesar S. Iturralde
Congress Woman District I: Maria Isabelle G. Climaco
Congressman for District II: Fabian, Erico Basilio A
SK Federation President: Joanna Mari D. Mas
  • For the Zamboanga City election results in the past go HERE

Local Government Offices of Zamboanga City

Commision on Elections - Zamboanga City (1st District) Office

  • Atty. Remlane M. Tambuang - Regional Election Director
  • Atty. Efraim Q. Bag-id - Assistant Regional Election Director

Office of the Regional Election Director
2nd Floor, Estanislao Bldg., Veterans Avenue, Zamboanga City

Tel : (062) 955-7785 | (062) 955-8571 | (062) 955-8572
E-mail Address :

Field Office: ,br> Address: Joaquin Memorial Sports Complex, R.T. Lim Boulevard, 1st District,
Zamboanga City, Philippines
Phone: +63 62 984 0467

Businesses in Zamboanga City, Philippines

Why invest in Zamboanga City?

Opening up a business in Zamboanga City makes sense.

  • Zamboanga is a university city. There are 3 universities (soon to be 4 universities) and 6 colleges. There are 98 barangays in Zamboanga City with a population of over one million people and they all shop downtown for their needs.
  • Zamboanga City is one of the top 10 taxpayer to almighty Malacañang. Zamboanga City is a revenue generator. One of the fastest growing cities with the #1 GDP growth area in the country - an unbelievable 7.2% in 2005! Wow!
  • Zamboanga City is the biggest fresh fish producer and of canned sardines - it is the Sardines Capital of The Philippines! One of the largest coconut oil producer in the Philippines is located here in the city. Zamboanga City has an international airport and one of the biggest sea ports in the Philippines. We have a Free Port Economic Zone.
  • If you are debating about starting or moving your business to Zamboanga City and your are concerned about security; Zamboanga City is one of the most secured cities in the Philippines. Zamboanga City has the Air Force, Army, Marines, the Southern Command of the Philippines or South-Com, and the Police.

Banks in Zamboanga City

  • Most of these Banks have branch offices within the city.

Zamboanga City Hotels

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Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • If you have real estate property, whether its commercial, residential, farm land, or just an empty lot in Zamboanga City, you can list that property for free.
  • Click to VIEW, EDIT. or ADD Realty Listings.
  • You can list your House and lot or farm land for sale or lease for free here in Z-Wiki
  • If you are a real estate developer, you can list your subdivision, condominiums, high rises, apartment complexes, shopping strips or malls, open market developments here in Z-wiki for Free.

Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Zamboanga City, Philippines

The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed in this community page. Take a picture of the facade of your church or place of worship and it can be posted here. We can even provide you with a free webpage. You can enter the data (story about your place of worship) here yourself, email the information or pictures to ( or via Facebook.

    Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.

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Patron Saint of Zamboanga City: Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Zamboanga City has various religious groups:

  1. Catholics: The city contains the first Catholic diocese in Mindanao, today's Archdiocese of Zamboanga which was created in 1910 and elevated to an archbishopric in 1958. The two catholic parishes named below serve the downtown zamboanga city catholic fatithfuls. There are several other cahtholic parishes all throughout Zamboanga City. The official website of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga is:
    • Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - (Founded: 1816)
      • Archbishop Romulo Valles,DD - Parish Priest
      • Fr. Sulficio Soliva
      • Fr. Adriano Ruiz
      • Fr. Francis Edwin Jacinto
      • Msgr. Joseph Kung
    • St. Joseph (Chinese) Parish - (Founded: 1954)
      • Msgr. David Alonzo - Parish Priest
      • Fr. Joel Malcampo - Parochial Vicar
  2. Muslims - The Muslims have been an integral part of Zamboanga City since the beginning. Before any other religions were practiced in Zamboanga City, The Muslim religion already had a firm hold of the area. It is estimated that approximately 22% of the people in Zamboanga City are Muslims. Some barangays of Zamboanga City are populated by 100% Muslim. These barangays with Muslim majority population, do not celebrate "Fiestas". Instead, they celebrate Hari Raya.
  3. Protestants - With the inception of the American era, Other religions were introduced.
  4. Seventh day Adventists
  5. Church of Latter day Saints
  6. Iglesia ni Cristo

Schools in Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • Take a picture of your school building(s) and send your pictures via email to ( or message me via Facebook. I will then post the pictures in this page.

Due to Covid19: Pursuant to the instructions of President Roa Duterte, and as recommended by the DepEd, classes for the year 2021-2022 will be opened but will be monitored.

  • List of schools: >>> click

PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be fluent and proficient in ENGLISH.

Department of Education Zamboanga City
Zamboanga City
062-9931514/ 9912315/ 9922470

Zamboanga City Colleges and Universities:

Private High Schools in Zamboanga City

  1. A.B. Simpson High School
  2. Ateneo de Zamboanga University High School - Tumaga, Zamboanga City
  3. Claret High School
  4. Filipino Turkish Tolerance High School
  5. Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School
  6. Islamic institute of the philippines
  7. Pastor Bonus Seminary
  8. Pilar College High School
  9. Universidad de Zamboanga High School - Tetuan

Public High Schools in Zamboanga City

  1. Arena Blanco National High School - Head of School: Meriluna B. Pacarat
  2. Ayala National High School - Head of School: Arlita D. Tubongbanua
  3. Baluno National High School - Head of School: Rosita D. Tagamolila
  4. Bolong National High School - Head of School: Hilda B. Frando
  5. Bunguiao National High School - Head of School: Antonio Alanano
  6. Cabaluay National High School - Head of School: Meriluna B. Pacarat
  7. Culianan National High School - Head of School: Lutchi Castelo Rimando
  8. Curuan National High School - Head of School: Maria Pilar N. Gregorio
  9. Divisoria National High School - Head of School: Melody C. Deluta
  10. Don Pablo A. Lorenzo Memorial High School - Head of School: Norma M. Macrohon
  11. Don Ramon Enriquez Memorial National High School (Labuan) - Head of School: Henry A. Ong Chua
  12. Don Ramon Enriquez Memorial National High School (Labuan) - Sinubung Annex - Head of School: Rolando S. Francisco
  13. Licomo National High School
  14. Limaong National High School - Head of School: Willijado F. Delcastillo
  15. Limpapa National High School - Head of School: Zandro G. Sepe
  16. Manicahan National High School - Head of School: Manuel S. Rebollos
  17. Mercedes National High School - Head of School: Ronilo M. Martinez
  18. Regional Science High School - Head of School: Melanie A. Minez
  19. Sangali National High School - Head of School: Larmie C. Abad
  20. Sibulao National High School - Head of School: Josefina A. Fernandez
  21. Sinubong National High School - Head of School
  22. Sinunuc National High School - Head of School: Francisco P. Acosta
  23. Southcom National High School - Head of School: Salihmatal H. Lagbas
  24. Tagasilay National High School - Head of School: Mujin U. Abdurahim
  25. Talisayan National High School - Head of School: Socorro P. Canaya
  26. Tictapul National High School - Head of School: Conrado A. Falcatan
  27. Tolosa National High School - Head of School: Eduardo R. Enriquez
  28. Tuan Datu Hj. Abdulla Nuno Mhs(Taluksangay National High School) - Head of School: Jesus C. Solon
  29. Vitali National High School - Head of School: Ma. Theresa B. Miranda
  30. Zamboanga City High School - Main - Head of School: Eloisa B. Ruste
  31. Zamboanga National High School (West) - Head of School: Felisa I. Munar

Economy of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • As of 2017 Zamboanga City is still ranked as the 5th richest city in the Philippines.
  • As of 2014 Zamboanga City ranked as top 5 as far as GDP is concerned. Zamboanga City ranked higher than Cebu city. The only city in Mindanao that made it to the top 5.
  • Zamboanga City is one of the top 10 taxpayer to almighty Malacañang. Zamboanga City is a revenue generator. One of the fastest growing cities with the #1 GDP growth area in the country - an unbelievable 7.2% in 2005! Wow!


The leaders of the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) have agreed to develop the Roll-on, Roll-off (Ro-Ro) facilities between Zamboanga Peninsula and Sandakan, Malaysia, a top government official revealed Tuesday .

Congressman Antonio F. Lagdameo, Jr., (2nd district, Davao del Norte) and chairman for EAGA for Mindanao, said that this was discussed and agreed upon by the leaders of the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia Philippines (BIMP-EAGA) during a summit in Thailand where four heads of States of the said countries have adopted President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s move to establish Ro-Ro transport system within EAGA. READ ON

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Natural Resources of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • Goldmines in the hills of Curuan. Silver and Gold mines in Vitali.

Large Water shed that maintains the reservoir for the drinking water for Zamboanga City. Coastal mangrove forrests.

  • Rubber - September 4, 2009 - The Agriculture department has announced the availability of a P15-million loan facility for rubber farmers and processors in Zamboanga Peninsula. Read On...
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 Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

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 and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions, Landmarks, Parks and Historic Buildings of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • Fort Pilar - The early 1500s brought along the Spaniards and their Catholic religion into the Philippine Islands, in search of spices and riches. The Spanish's recorded presence in Jambangan can be dated as far back as November 1596, when a small Spanish settlement and garrison was established in the port of La Caldera, the present-day Caldera Bay area barrio called Recodo, located about fifteen miles north-east of present downtown Zamboanga City. Read On
  • Paseo Del Mar - Paseo del Mar is within the barangay of Zone IV and is only about 100 feet from Fort Pilar.
  • Pasonanca Park - Pasonanca is also famous for it's beautiful park. It has 3 public pools. It boasts an Olympic size swimming pool, a natural flowing pool and a children's pool with water slides. There are also lots of picnic areas. Read On
  • Cawa Cawa Blvd. - With constant cleaning this beach can be a great weekend getaway for swimming and picnic.
  • Boy Scout Camp
  • Girl Scout Camp
  • Plaza Pershing: This plaza was named after John Joseph "Blackjack" Pershing, an American general.
  • Kulom Bato(Column of Stone): The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) confirmed the mountain is a volcano. The core of the mountain is that of solid rock. Directly 7 kilometers north of city hall. The station of the cross is located at the base of this mountain.

Fiestas, Festivals and Traditions of Zamboanga City, Philippines

Patron Saint of Zamboanga City: Nuestra Señora del Pilar

  • Holy Week - Easter (March/April)
  • Flores de Mayo (May 1 - 31)
    • The Catholic churches or parishes in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary, celebrate this religious feast. Flowers are offered to the image of the blessed Virgin Mary by the religious catholics of Zamboanga City at their respective parish churches. In some barangays the festivities can be a bit more celebrated by doing parades and usually they have children participating dressed in white. The barangays whose fiestas fall in the month of May are more active in the celebration of the feast of Flores de Mayo.
  • Fiesta Pilar: October 12 and
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
  • Hari Raya: "Hari Raya" = "Day of Celebration". A time for reconciliation and the renewal of relationships. Hari Raya is the day of celebration after the Muslim month of Ramadan.
    • Barangays (21) that celebrate "Hari Raya": Arena Blanco, Busay, Campo Islam, Dita, Kasanyangan, Landang Gua, Landang Laum, Lubigan, Manalipa, Mariki, Muti, Pangapuyan, Panubigan, Pasilmanta, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Taguiti, Taluksangay, Tigtabon, Tumalutab, Tumitus.

Radio Stations in Zamboanga City, Philippines

List of Radio Stations in Zamboanga City
Radio Mindanao Network, Inc.

DXRZ-Radyo Agong
Zameveco Building
Pilar Street

Rey B. Bayoging-Mindanao Area Manager

Joel Toledo Sanson-Zambo OIC



991-0263 (fax)

Tugbungan, Zamboanga City

Gerry Lacastesantos 991-2480
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.

San Jose Road

Soryda Edris-Infante 993-1803 (fax)


Phil. Broadcasting Service

DXMR-Radyo ng Bayan

DANILO Macansantos


Radyo Verdadero


Fr. Serge

Featured News of The Philippines

Updated: October 17, 2023

Increasing Local Rice Production: Zambales Farmers Rally Behind NFA’s Price Hike.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Zambales farmers are supporting the National Food Authority’s (NFA) decision to raise the buying prices for palay (unmilled rice). The NFA Council announced new prices: PHP23 for dry palay, increased from PHP19, and PHP19 for wet palay, up from PHP16. Francisco Pallarag, a rice farmer from Barangay Palanginan, Iba, appreciated the price change. He noted that farmers often faced low prices, especially during harvest times when there was a lack of drying facilities. With the NFA’s updated prices, which compete with private traders, farmers like him can now get better returns for their crops. Pallarag thanked President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and the NFA. He committed to selling his next harvest to the agency, showing his support for the program.

Davao Region Sees Rise in September Inflation.
DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority in Region 11 (PSA-11) reported on Tuesday that Davao Region experienced an inflation rate of 5.4 percent in September, marking an increase from August’s 3.9 percent. However, this remains below the 9.6 percent recorded in September 2022. A primary factor behind the inflation uptick was the faster growth in food and non-alcoholic beverage prices, which rose to 8 percent from 6 percent the previous month, according to PSA-11. The report also highlighted quicker price increases in the sectors of housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels, which saw rates of -1.1 percent in September, an improvement from -2.4 percent in August. Similarly, restaurants and accommodation services jumped to 9.5 percent from 6.8 percent.

Zamboanga City, 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

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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

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Sister Cities of Zamboanga City

Barangays of Zamboanga City

  • City Hall is located at barangay Zone IV which is just less than 200 meters from the international seaport of Zamboanga and is at the southernmost point of zamboanga. From city hall to farthest eastern/northernmost barangay of Licomo is about 85 kilometers. Traveling westward and taking the highway north via Labuan to the western/northernmost barangay of Limpapa is about 42 kilometers from city hall. Zamboanga City borders two provinces, to the north/east is Zamboanga Sibugay and to the norht/west is Zamboanga del Norte.
  • 21 of the 98 Barangays of Zamboanga City are already populated with the majority of Muslims(Moro). These barangays are not in favor of the Separation of Church and State. They are heavily campaigning for an Islamic State and to secede Zamboanga City into the Bangsamoro(Nation of Muslims). <marked with ( (*Islamic)>
The Barangays of Zamboanga City are divided into two districts. Each has its own congressional representative.
  • 1st District: Representative: Congressman Cesar "Jawo" Jimenez Jr.
  1. Arena Blanco Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic) - Commonwealth Act No. 39, series of 1937 is the legal basis of the creation of Barangay Arena Blanco, Zamboanga City.
  2. Baliwasan Zamboanga City Philippines - Baliwasan is an Urban barangay and is a seaside barangay on the west coast. It's about 3.5 kilometers from City Hall.
  3. Baluno Zamboanga City Philippines - The word "Baluno" came from a tropical fruit tree "baluno". It is a hillside barangay.
  4. Cabatangan Zamboanga City Philippines - Distance from CITY PROPER: 6.64 Km. North of city hall.
  5. Calarian Zamboanga City Philippines - Distance from CITY PROPER: 4.22-7.00 Kms. West coast.
  6. Camino Nuevo Zamboanga City Philippines - Located downtown. Under two kilometers north of City hall.
  7. Campo Islam Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  8. Canelar Zamboanga City Philippines
  9. Capisan Zamboanga City Philippines
  10. Cawit Zamboanga City Philippines
  11. Dulian Pasonanca Zamboanga City Philippines
  12. La Paz Zamboanga City Philippines
  13. Labuan Zamboanga City Philippines
  14. Limpapa Zamboanga City Philippines
  15. Maasin Zamboanga City Philippines
  16. Malagutay Zamboanga City Philippines
  17. Mariki Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  18. Pamucutan Zamboanga City Philippines
  19. Pasonanca Zamboanga City Philippines
  20. Patalon Zamboanga City Philippines
  21. Recodo Zamboanga City Philippines
  22. Rio Hondo Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  23. San Jose Cawa Cawa Zamboanga City Philippines
  24. San Jose Gusu Zamboanga City Philippines
  25. San Roque Zamboanga City Philippines
  26. Sinubong Zamboanga City Philippines
  27. Sinunuc Zamboanga City Philippines
  28. Sta. Barbara Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  29. Sta. Maria Zamboanga City Philippines
  30. Sto. Niño Zamboanga City Philippines
  31. Talisayan Zamboanga City Philippines
  32. Tulungatung Zamboanga City Philippines
  33. Zone I Zamboanga City Philippines
  34. Zone II Zamboanga City Philippines

Zone III Zamboanga City Philippines

  • 2nd District: Representative: Congressman Manuel Jose M. "Mannix" Dalipe
  1. Ayala - The area of Ayala was inhabited mostly by Subanons and later by Moros who rely on fishing for their livelihood. The people mostly lived by the estuary, since the fishing is always good where the Dumalon river of Ayala meets the sea.
  2. Boalan Zamboanga City Philippines - The majority of the people from Boalan can trace back their lineage to the original Zamboangueños, Filipino by ancestry, professing Roman Catholic religion and their medium of communication is Chavacano.
  3. Bolong Zamboanga City Philippines - People visit Bolong mostly for its beautiful beach.
  4. Buenavista Zamboanga City Philippines - Buenavista is adjacent to the barangay of Curuan. It has rolling hills and savannas and it borders the sea.
  5. Bunguiao Zamboanga City Philippines - Distance from CITY PROPER: 34.00 Kilometers Location: East Coast - West side of the Highway
  6. Busay Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic) - One of the 4 Barangays in Sacol Island
  7. Cabaluay Zamboanga City Philippines - Located on the east coast and about 18 kilometers from Zamboanga City Hall.
  8. Cacao Zamboanga City Philippines - Distance from CITY PROPER: 17.5 Km., Location: East Coast
  9. Calabasa Zamboanga City Philippines - Distance from CITY PROPER: 55.12 Km., on the east coast side.
  10. Culianan Zamboanga City Philippines
  11. Curuan Zamboanga City Philippines
  12. Dita Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  13. Divisoria Zamboanga City Philippines
  14. Dulian Bunguiao Zamboanga City Philippines
  15. Guisao Zamboanga City Philippines
  16. Guiwan Zamboanga City Philippines
  17. Kasanyangan Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  18. Lamisahan Zamboanga City Philippines
  19. Landang Gua Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic) - One of the 4 Barangays in Sacol Island
  20. Landang Laum Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic) - One of the 4 Barangays in Sacol Island
  21. Lanzones Zamboanga City Philippines
  22. Lapakan Zamboanga City Philippines
  23. Latuan Zamboanga City Philippines
  24. Licomo Zamboanga City Philippines
  25. Limaong Zamboanga City Philippines
  26. Lubigan Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  27. Lumayang Zamboanga City Philippines
  28. Lumbangan Zamboanga City Philippines
  29. Lunzuran Zamboanga City Philippines
  30. Mampang Zamboanga City Philippines
  31. Manalipa Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  32. Mangusu Zamboanga City Philippines
  33. Manicahan Zamboanga City Philippines
  34. Mercedes
  35. Muti Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  36. Pangapuyan Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  37. Panubigan Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  38. Pasilmanta, Zamboanga City, Philippines (*Islamic) - One of the 4 Barangays in Sacol Island
  39. Pasobolong Zamboanga City Philippines
  40. Putik Zamboanga City Philippines
  41. Quiniput Zamboanga City Philippines
  42. Salaan Zamboanga City Philippines
  43. Sangali Zamboanga City Philippines
  44. Sibulao Curuan Zamboanga City Philippines
  45. Sta. Catalina Zamboanga City Philippines
  46. Tagasilay Zamboanga City Philippines Transitioning towards Islamic (*Islamic)
  47. Taguiti, Zamboanga City, Philippines (*Islamic)
  48. Talabaan Zamboanga City Philippines
  49. Talon-Talon Zamboanga City Philippines
  50. Taluksangay Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  51. Tetuan Zamboanga City Philippines
  52. Tictapul Zamboanga City Philippines
  53. Tigbalabag Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  54. Tolosa Zamboanga City Philippines
  55. Tugbungan Zamboanga City Philippines
  56. Tumaga Zamboanga City Philippines
  57. Tumalutab Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  58. Tumitus Zamboanga City Philippines (*Islamic)
  59. Victoria Zamboanga City Philippines
  60. Vitali Zamboanga City Philippines
  61. Zambowood Zamboanga City Philippines