Alabel, Sarangani

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Municipality of Alabel
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Alabel
Map of Sarangani with Alabel highlighted
Map of Sarangani with Alabel highlighted
Alabel is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°08′N 125°17′E / 6.13°N 125.28°E / 6.13; 125.28Coordinates: 6°08′N 125°17′E / 6.13°N 125.28°E / 6.13; 125.28
Country  Philippines
Region Soccsksargen (Region XII)
Province Sarangani
District Lone District
Barangays 13 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Vic Paul Molina Salarda, MPA
 • Vice Mayor Ronnel Saldua Español, MPA
 • Congressman Rogelio D. Pacquiao
 • Electorate 45,780 voters (2016)
 • Total 510.98 km2 (197.29 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 80,359
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 9501
PSGC 128001000
IDD:area code +63 (0)83
Climate type Tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 219,384,734.41 (2016)
Native languages Cebuano
Maguindanao language
Blaan language
Festival Kasadyaan Festival

Alabel, officially the Municipality of Alabel, is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Sarangani, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 80,359 people.[3]


The first Mayor of Alabel is Lucio Alaba. The word Alabel is derived from the combined surnames of Alaba and Beldad.

The former President Corazon Aquino landed in Barangay Spring in 1988 during her visit in South Cotabato. The President together with her team visited Mindanao to watch the solar eclipse. Astronomers and other tourists watched the said celestial phenomena.

President Corazon Aquino and Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos were among the estimated 20,000 sight-seers and scientists who jammed the cities of Davao and General Santos for the event, seen as a total eclipse only in the nation's extreme southern tip and parts of Indonesia.It was the first total eclipse seen in the Philippines since 1955. Another is not expected until the year 2042.[4]

Martial Law[edit]

The so-called battle of Ilaga, Muslim and Lumads happened in Alabel during Marcos Regime in 1974. Many Lumads and Muslim was killed and murdered by paramilitary groups called ilaga (Ilonggo term for rats).

Civilian fled and evacuated in Dadiangas now General Santos City in order to survive from brutalities in Alabel while some transfer and went home to their place of origin in Visayan Islands.

Festival and celebrations[edit]

The Municipality of Alabel celebrates it Foundation anniversary every 10th day of September. It is an annual celebration to commemorate the founding of the town. Together the people of Alabel also celebrates the Kasadyaan Festival. Kasadyaan means bliss, to gave an ideal representation of what is Alabel.

The annual Patronal Fiesta in Alabel is celebrated every May 15. It is feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the town's patron saint and the patron saint of farmers.[5]


Alabel is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.

  1. Alegria
  2. Bagacay
  3. Baluntay
  4. Datal Anggas
  5. Domolok
  6. Kawas
  7. Ladol
  8. Maribulan
  9. Pag-Asa
  10. Paraiso
  11. Poblacion
  12. Spring
  13. Tokawal
  14. New Canaan( proposed barangay)

Poblacion, the town's capital[edit]

The current Punong Barangay of Poblacion, Alabel is Herculano Lacaba. Poblacion is divided into 25 purok.

Governor Migs Dominguez hands over the key of two new firetrucks


Alabel National High School is considered the seat of excellence in secondary education in the entire Sarangani Province. Producing highly competitive and world-class citizenry. ANHS was one of the many Tech-Voc School in the Province. It was established in 1960's as community high school.[6]

The current vice mayor of Alabel, Ronnel Saldua Espaňol, MPA is one of the alumni of ANHS in the year 1992.

Alabel National Science High School, the only regional science high school in SOCCSKSARGEN is located in Alabel,inside the Provincial Capitol Complex.[7]

List of Alabel Mayor[edit]

Vic Paul Molina-Salarda
  1. Lucio Alaba
  2. Hernando Sibugan
  3. Narciso Ra. Grafilo III
  4. Corazon Sunga Grafilo
  5. Vic Paul M. Salarda


Population census of Alabel
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 40,730—    
1995 46,527+2.52%
2000 60,779+5.90%
2007 71,872+2.34%
2010 75,477+1.80%
2015 80,359+1.20%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]


Alabel is largely based on agriculture with a high level production of dried coconut meat. Animal husbandry is the second biggest income earner, notably cattle farming. Other agricultural products are coconuts, maize, sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, cotton, mangoes; goat farming, pork, eggs, beef; fish; charcoal; coconut weaving. It is adjacent to the highly urbanized sea port city of General Santos.

The economy has accelerated in the past decade driven by advances in global communication technology and the finishing of a modern highway that tremendously improved trade and transport.


Alabel Municipal Health Office was headed by Dr. Honorato Fabio. The Alabel Birthing Home was built to supplement the need of maternal health services.


Alabel is known for its beaches and agricultural lands.

  1. Ladol Beach
  2. Half Moon (known as Kawas) Beach
Beautiful Ladol

Alabel are rich of natural resources.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Sarangani". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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  5. ^,_Sarangani,_Philippines
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  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. ^ "Province of Sarangani". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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