Zamboanguita, officially the Municipality of Zamboanguita, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,552 people.[3]

Municipality of Zamboanguita
Map of Negros Oriental with Zamboanguita highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Zamboanguita highlighted
Zamboanguita is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°07′N 123°12′E / 9.12°N 123.2°E / 9.12; 123.2Coordinates: 9°07′N 123°12′E / 9.12°N 123.2°E / 9.12; 123.2
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
ProvinceNegros Oriental
District3rd district
Barangays10 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorGlenson E. Alanano
 • Vice MayorFelipe "Eping" T. Elmido
 • CongressmanArnolfo A. Teves Jr.
 • Electorate18,309 voters (2019)
 • Total85.86 km2 (33.15 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total27,552
 • Density320/km2 (830/sq mi)
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence39.88% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)82,913,715.53 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)35
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesCebuano


About 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Dumaguete City, Zamboanguita is at the southern tip of the province of Negros Oriental and across from the island province of Siquijor. To the west of Zamboanguita is the municipality of Siaton, and to the north/east is the municipality of Dauin.


Zamboanguita is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.

  • Basak
  • Calango
  • Lutoban
  • Malongcay Diot
  • Maluay
  • Mayabon
  • Nabago
  • Nasig-id
  • Najandig
  • Poblacion


A town rooted in history and replete with natural resources, Zamboanguita derived its name from an incident involving a coguita (octopus). Long before the Spaniards set foot in Negros Island, fishermen from as far as Mindanao would visit the yet unnamed town and benefit from the bounty of its rich fishing grounds – from its small tugnos (juvenile gobies) to the large iho (shark) in nearby Apo Island.

One day, a group of Moro fishermen fishing in the area found a coguita caught in their fishing net, which they then separated from their fish catch as it had tentacles and had no gills. The leader of the Moro group then ordered one of his men to go to the beach, find a tree and “isab-ong ang coguita” (hang the octopus).” Since then, every time an octopus was caught, it was hung on that particular tree.

The local people eventually started calling the place “Sab-ongan ug coguita.” When the Spaniards descended on the town, they called the town “Zamboangaguita” and later on it was shortened to “Zamboanguita”.

On the other hand, local stories that circulated among the town folks mentioned that Zamboanguita (meaning "little Zamboanga") acquired its name from its neighbor down south across the sea, Zamboanga City. Zamboanguita was established in 1866. Modest compared to the 6th largest city in the Philippines with 98 barangays, Zamboanguita has only 10 barangays.


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 6,181—    
1918 8,076+1.80%
1939 10,141+1.09%
1948 9,922−0.24%
1960 11,692+1.38%
1970 11,385−0.27%
1975 12,822+2.41%
1980 14,083+1.89%
1990 17,110+1.97%
1995 18,905+1.89%
2000 23,338+4.62%
2007 24,914+0.91%
2010 24,996+0.12%
2015 27,552+1.87%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

Fiestas and TraditionsEdit

Fiesta – San Isidro Labrador, May 15

Local governmentEdit

It is part of the 3rd District of Negros Oriental.

Current elected officials of Zamboanguita (2016–2019):

  • Mayor: Glenson Elola Alanano
  • Vice Mayor: Felipe Tuban Elmido Sr.
  • Councilors:
    • Nandit Galang
    • Dandan Alabado
    • Ricky Taan
    • Renee Trinidad
    • Erie Eltanal
    • Dublon Marilla
    • Sammy Elnar
    • Flor Trinidad


High schoolsEdit

  • GEMHS (Nasig-id), Nasig-id, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Decor Carmeli Academy
  • Jose Marie Locsin Memorial High School, Mayabon
  • Santiago Delmo Memorial High School, National Highway Maluay, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Zamboanguita Science High School, Del Pilar St. Poblacion

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Mayabon Elementary School, Mayabon, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Lutoban Elementary School, Lutoban, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Zamboanguita Central Elementary School, Magsaysay St. Poblacion, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Maluay Elementary School, National Highway Maluay, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Nabago Elementary School, Nabago, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Kaladias Elementary School, Najandig, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Malongcay Elementary School, Malongcay Diot, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Salngan Elementary School, Mayabon, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Bangculotan Elementary School, Mayabon, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • GEMES (Nasig-id), Nasig-id, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Basak Elementary School, Basak, Zamboanguita Municipality
  • Benito Gadiana Elementary School (Kapandis Elementary), Mayabon, Zamboanguita Municipality

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province:". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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