Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte

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Lungsod sa Sindangan

Dakbayan sa Sindangan
Town Plaza
Town Plaza
Official seal of Sindangan Lungsod sa Sindangan Dakbayan sa Sindangan

Nickname(s): Fish Capital of Zamboanga del Norte One of the Oldest town in Zamboanga Peninsula

Largest Town in the Peninusla
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Sindangan highlighted
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Sindangan highlighted
Sindangan Lungsod sa Sindangan Dakbayan sa Sindangan is located in Philippines
Sindangan Lungsod sa Sindangan Dakbayan sa Sindangan

Lungsod sa Sindangan

Dakbayan sa Sindangan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°14′N 123°00′E / 8.233°N 123.000°E / 8.233; 123.000Coordinates: 08°14′N 123°00′E / 8.233°N 123.000°E / 8.233; 123.000
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Norte
District 2nd district of Zamboanga del Norte
Founded December 22, 1936 by Pres. Manuel L. Quezon
Barangays 52
 • Mayor Vice-Mayor

Nilo Florentino "Boy" Z. Sy

Dr. Bess Jagonio (Liberal Party)
 • Total 451.00 km2 (174.13 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 94,146
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7112
Dialing code 65
Income class 1st class; urbanized area
Sindangan Celebrates Philippine Independence Day
Sindangan Government Hall

Sindangan (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Sindangan Subanen: Benwa Sindangan) is a first class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 94,146 people.[3] Brgy. Siari is the town's most densely populated area consisting 1/3 of its total population.

Town Plaza at Night
Sindangan Police
Ninoy Aquino St. Sindangan

It is the fastest growing municipality in the province and the second most populous after the provincial capitol, Dipolog City. In this connection, there are plans to change the status of Sindangan from a municipality to a city, since the growth of its economy is enough for its conversion to become a city.


As to how Sindangan got its name, several stories have been told. The first version narrates that a native fisherman carrying a basket full of fish was on his way home met a Guardia Civil, military guards during the Spanish regime, who asked this question, "Que es el nombre de este lugar, amigo?" And the Subanon fisherman who did not understand the Spanish language answered "indangan", believing he asked on the kind of fish he caught. The stranger heard this as "Sindangan", thinking that was the exact answer to his inquiry to the fisherman about the name of the fish. From then on, the natives used Sindangan to name the place until it became into a municipality on 1936.

President Quezon declared the charter day of Sindangan


Late night in Poblacion Sindangan
After a long day, students came here to chill and enjoy the view of the town

On December 23, 1936, by virtue of Executive Order No. 77 issued by President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon, the municipalities of Sindangan, Siocon, Margosatubig, Pagadian and Kabasalan were created out of the muninicipal districts of Sindangan, Panganuran, Labangan, Dinas, Sibuko, Sirawai, Margosatubig,Malangas, Kabasalan and Bangaan. The Municipality of Sindangan covered the area of Sindangan and Panganuran.[4]

Bartolome Lira Sr. was appointed to organize the Municipality of Sindangan and was its first Municipal President. As his appointive tenure expired, he was elected as the first Municipal Mayor of Sindangan until 1941.

In 1955, four barrios were created:

  • Dicoyong - sitios of Labakid, Layawan, Morob, Gusani, Domalogdog, Maoal, Nato, Diongan, Makasing, Dipolo and Dicoyong Proper;
  • Bacungan - sitios of Palandok, Rison, Bogabongan, Manil, Gusao, Talinga and Bacungan Proper;
  • Lagag - sitios of Milaub, Mangalop, Gopit, Pase, Lipaga, Mianib, Siayan, Litolit, Balok, and Lagag Proper; and
  • Bitoon - sitios of Misok, Hagonoy, Lico, Guban, Makinong, and Bitoon Proper
  • Binuangan- sitios of Taguicon, Upper Binuangan, and Gusapong Proper[5]
Easter Sunday Celebration, Rizal Plaza, Sindangan
Easter Sunday Celebration, Rizal Plaza, Sindangan

In 1959, the sitios of Gonayen, Gowayan, Domogok, Dinoyak, Mangilay, Pange, Balak, Laclac, Siriac, Macasing and Diongan were constituted into the barrio of Gonayen.[6]


Sindangan is politically subdivided into 52 barangays.[2]

  • Bago
  • Balok
  • Bantayan
  • Bato
  • Benigno Aquino Jr.
  • Binuangan
  • Bitoon
  • Bucana
  • Calatunan
  • Caluan
  • Calubian
  • Dagohoy
  • Dapaon
  • Datagan
  • Datu Tangkilan
  • Dicoyong
  • Disud
  • Don Ricardo G Macias (Dinokot)
  • Doña Josefa
  • Dumalogdog
  • Fatima
  • Gampis
  • Goleo
  • Imelda
  • Inuman
  • Joaquin Macias
  • La Concepcion
  • La Roche San Miguel
  • Labakid
  • Lagag
  • Lapero
  • Lawis
  • Magsaysay
  • Mandih
  • Maras
  • Mawal
  • Misok
  • Motibot
  • Nato
  • Nipaan
  • Pangalalan
  • Piao
  • Poblacion
  • Santo Niño
  • Santo Rosario
  • Siari
  • Talinga
  • Tigbao
  • Tinaplan
  • Titik
  • Upper Inuman
  • Upper Nipaan


Population census of Sindangan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 66,148 —    
1995 72,098 +1.63%
2000 80,133 +2.29%
2007 87,720 +1.26%
2010 94,146 +2.61%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]
The Ancestral House of the late Siari John H. Roemer and Julia Carballo Roemer located at Brgy. Nipaan, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte
Sindangan's Dream of a Complex Hall

Shin'yō Maru incident[edit]

The Shinyō Maru incident occurred in the Sidangan Bay, Philippines on September 7, 1944, in the Pacific theater of World War II. In an attack on a Japanese convoy by the American submarine USS Paddle, 668 Allied prisoners of war were massacred by the Japanese or killed when their ship, the SS Shinyō Maru was sunk. Only 82 Americans survived the ordeal and were later rescued.[3]

The Shinyo Maru Memorial Marker located at Brgy. Don Ricardo G. Macias (former Dinocot), Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Incident[edit] On September 7, the Shinyō Maru was sailing for Manila in convoy C-076 with seven other vessels, including two torpedo boats, two tankers, and four other medium and small cargo ships. They were sailing two to three miles off the Lanboyan Point of Zamboanga Peninsula on the island of Mindanao, when the USS Paddle found them. A few days previously, American intelligence had reported the Shinyō Maru to be carrying Japanese soldiers, so they assigned Paddle to search for it. The Paddle, under the command of Captain Byron Nowell, was 10 miles away when the Japanese were first spotted, so Nowell maneuvered forward to attack with torpedoes. A spread of four was then released in the direction of the Shinyō Maru, which was the leading ship in the convoy. Two of the torpedoes struck, both in the hold, and a few moments later the Paddle was lined up against one of the cargo ships. It, too, was struck by two torpedoes, so her commander grounded her on the nearby shore to prevent the ship from sinking. Just after the Shinyō Maru was hit, the guards opened fire on the prisoners with captured Thompson submachine guns, though several of the men fought their way out of the hold, with their fists and improvised weapons, and abandoned ship.[2]

The men of the convoy then began launching boats to pick up Japanese survivors and kill all of the remaining prisoners. A machine gun mounted on the grounded cargo ship and a second on the Shinyō Maru were also opened up on the Allied personnel. Marine Corps Sergeant Onnie Clem later reported the following; "Up on the bridge there was a machine gun spraying the hatch. A burst of machine-gun fire caught all three of us and knocked us back down in the hold. We'd all been hit. I got plowed in the skull. Another bullet chipped out my chin. Nevertheless, I was able to work myself back up on deck, and I was eyeing that bridge when I came out that time. The gun was still there, but the gunner was laying out on deck. Somebody had apparently got up there and killed him. At this time I found out that we were out in the ocean about two or three miles from shore. All I had was a loincloth."[5] Fifteen or 20 others were recaptured and taken aboard one of the torpedo boats, where they were executed by firing squad as punishment for trying to escape. One of those men was able to free his hands which had been tied behind his back, and he successfully escaped by jumping overboard again.[4] The Japanese dropped 45 depth charges and other explosives on the American submarine over the course of two hours, and the ship sustained some light damage, but nobody was hurt. After that, she surfaced and began patrolling the area again.[2]

Sports and Recreation[edit]

Inside Sindangan's Complex
Fiesta Boxing Competition in Sindangan

Sindangan have 2 tennis courts, 2 gymnasiums, 1 covered court and one basketball court in the town proper and a Cultural and Sports Complex in Brgy. Disud which is under construction. Today, the Sports Complex can already be used for big events such as Provincial Meet, Regional Meet and during Linggo ng Sindangan. Each barangay has a covered court which is capable of handling barangay events.

Points of Interests[edit]

Shrines and Churches[edit]

Inside Saint Joseph the Worker Parish Sindangan

Saint Joseph the Worker church became a parish on December 29, 1935 under the Archdiocese of Zamboanga; separating its administration to St. Francis Xavier Parish, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte. The first church building was first erected at Saint Joseph School (College), then it was moved to its present spot. The parish is now under the Diocese of Dipolog.

  • Divine Mercy giant statue, Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, Siari Hills, Sindangan
    Divine Mercy Shrine, Diocesan Shrine Pilgrmage for the Jubilee of Mercy 2015-2016
    Diocesan Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Diocese of Dipolog, was declared as one of the pilgrim spot for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. (2015-2016) It is administered by Rev. Fr. Danilo Alpuerto.
    Steps of Faith-going to the giant statue of The Our Lady of Mediatrix, Divine Mercy Shrine
  • The Divine Mercy Shrine, Siari, Sindangan
    Diocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy
  • Statue of the Sacred heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima
  • Main facade of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish
    Inside Saint Joseph the Worker Parish
    Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Poblacion, Sindangan (since 1935)
  • Sr. Sto. Nino Parish, Siari, Sindangan
  • Immaculate Conceptipn Piao Parish
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Chapel, Dapaon, Sindangan

Beaches and Resorts[edit]

Winschin Pool, Sindangan
  • Aloha Ohana, Sindangan
    Aloha Pool
    Aloha Ohana Pool Resort
  • Sevilleno Beach Resort
  • Pitogo Beach
  • Winschin Pool Resort
  • Gangnam City Park

Malls/Shopping Centers[edit]

  • Sindangan's Public Market and Bus Termninal
    Novo Jeans and Shirts
  • RRJ Sindangan
  • MR. LEE - Sindangan
  • ABC Shopping Center
  • Jim Star Commercial
  • Poblacion Sindangan at night
    Nam Chau Shopping Center


  • Cross Road Grill, Disud, Sindangan National Highway
    Cross Road Grill
  • Iniego's Sutukil
  • Ellen's Fastfood
  • Steph's Lechon Manok
  • Belandres Fastfood
  • Maria's Kuzina
  • John's Fried Chicken
  • Christine's Bakeshop and Restaurant
  • Vince' Fried Chicken /JNT Fried Chicken


  • Stop Over Cafe
  • Nigh life in Sindangan is very active, RPM Bar
    RPM Bar
  • Quin10's Place, Disud, Sindangan
    Quintin's Place

Internet Café/ Computer/ Video Online Games[edit]

  • Mighty Zeus Cyber Café
  • Aldus Internet Café

Hotels/Pension Houses[edit]

  • Sindangan Green Palace
  • Rysha Pension House
  • Sarah Mae Pension House


  • Vallecer's East Supermart - Sindangan
  • Lofer General Merchandise
  • IC Hope Consumer Cooperative
  • C. Tampus General Merchandise
  • Dan Yen Store
  • Sindangan FACOMA
  • Al Five GeneralMerchandise
  • Snowpy Ice Cream
  • Sindangan Public Market food court, Goleo, Sindangan


  • Philippine National Bank (PNB)
  • Landbank of the Philippines
  • 1st Valley Bank
  • Banco Dipolog
  • Rizal Rural Bank
  • ZNCB
  • AIM Coop
  • Katipunan Bank


  • Home Mart
  • Manna Hardware
  • Han-Joy Marketing
  • Crisve Enterprises
  • R. Sia Enterprises


Education is widely distributed in Sindangan. There are 48 public elementary schools: 4 public and 1 private secondary schools; and 2 tertiary schools.


  • Pasidungog Fesival Queen contestant, Saint Joseph College
    Saint Joseph College of Sindangan Incorporated
  • Philippine Advent College

High Schools[edit]

  • Sindangan National High School
  • Saint Joseph College High School Department
  • Sindangan National Agricultural School
  • Siare John H. Roemer Memorial National High School
  • Maras National High School
  • Dumalogdog National High School
  • Lapero National High School
  • Eco Park in Sindangan-good for photoshoots
    RJ Macias National High School


  • Sindangan Pilot Demonstration School
  • Mandih Central School
  • Policemen at some Sindangan establishment
    Juan Bugarin Central School


Tricycles are the common public transport in the town center, both uptown and downtown.

By Land[edit]

Sindangan has its own bus terminal located at Brgy. Goleo. It can be reached by RTMI Buses via National Highway. It provides daily transport from Dipolog City, Ipil to Zamboanga City.

By Sea[edit]

Sindangan Sea Port.jpg

Sindangan has its own seaport located at Brgy. Calatunan, facing Sindangan Bay.It is currently managed under Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and is considered the main gateway of the town's economy.

Yearly Events[edit]

Saint Joseph the Worker Town Fiesta- May 1(Labor's Day)

Honors the Primary Patron Saint of the town, Saint Joseph the Worker, Husband of the Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus Christ. He is entitled as "El Obrero" or "the Worker" because he is a modest carpenter who works hard to earn a living for the Holy Family and a role model and patron saint for all Fathers and Labor Workers. He is fit to become the town's patron saint because the people of Sindangan are known as hard-worker laborers since the pre-second world war.

Sinulog Festival- Siari's Fiest Day (3rd Sunday of January)

In honor of the Sto. Nino de Cebu. There will be a grand fluvial procession at the eve of the fiest. On the Fiest day, a street dance procession will be held and there will be a Sinulog Dance Competition contest.

Pasidungog Festival 2015

Pasidungog Festival- Saint Joseph's College Founding Anniversary (March 19- Solemnity of Saint Joseph the Husband of Mary)

Festival Queen, Pasidungog 2015

One of Sindangan's grand festival in honor of its prestigious school's patron saint and town's patron saint itself- Saint Joseph the Worker.

Linggo ng Sindangan[edit]

Zandra Glaze Mamugay from Saint Joseph College(3rd from the left) was crowned as Bb. Sindangan.

The charter day of Sindangan is celebrated annually. It starts at Dcecember 17 and ends on December 22.

Mayor Boy Sy's Office

List of former Mayors[edit]

  1. Bartolome Lira, Sr. (Appointed) 1936–1941
  2. Emilio Ortuoste (Elected) 1942–1945
  3. Joaquin Macias (Elected) 1946–1953
  4. Abundio Siasico (Elected) 1954–1957
  5. Joaquin Macias (Elected) 1958–1963
  6. Filomena Macias (Elected) 1964–1967
  7. Jose Tan (Elected) 1968–1971
  8. Mariano S. Macias (Elected) 1972–1979
  9. Ricardo S. Macias (Elected) 1980–1985
  10. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Appointed) 1986–1987
  11. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Elected) 1988–1991
  12. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Re-elected) 1992–1995
  13. Winnie O. Albos (Elected) 1995–1998
  14. Winnie O. Albos (Elected) 1998–2001
  15. Winnie O. Albos (Elected) 2001–2004
  16. Crescente Y. Llorente, Jr. (Elected) 2004– (July - November 2004)
  17. Bert S. Macias (Succeeded) 2004–2007
  18. Bert S. Macias (Elected) 2007–2010
  19. Nilo Florentino Z. Sy (Elected) 2010–present


  • 97.7 Charm Radio's Pageant Night
    DXSZ-FM 97.7 Charm Radio Sindangan (CyVon Broadcasting Services, Sindangan. Adolana Broadcasting Network and Polytechnic Foundation of Cotabato and Asia Incorporated. Independently managed and franchised) Tag line- "Where your heart belongs." " Ang paborito ng bayan!" Charm Radio Sindangan- Most popular radio station in town.
  • 15th Anniversary of Radyo Natin Sindangan
    DXRF-FM 92.1 Radyo Natin (Manila Broadcasting Company) First established radio station in Sindangan. Tag line- "Your friendly hometown radio station." "Iba pa rin ang orig!" Managed by Mr. Bobby Jamora
  • DXSW-FM 95.3 City Lite (MIT-RTVN) SOON TO AIR
  • DXAZ-FM 100.9 One FM (Radio Corporation of the Philippines) SOON TO AIR
  • DXXE-FM 106.1 Hot FM (Manila Broadcasting Company)

Notable people of Sindangan[edit]

Junrey Balawing of Sindangan

In June 2011, Junrey Balawing joined the list of Guinness World Records as the shortest man on earth. He is the son of a poor blacksmith and measures 23.6 inches (60 cm) tall.[7]

General Alexander B. Yano was the 38th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the highest position in the AFP hierarchy. His Vice Chief of Staff was Lt. Gen. Cardozo M. Luna and his Deputy Chief of Staff was Lt. Gen. Rodrigo F. Maclang. Alexander Yano also served as the commander of the Philippine Army and Southern Luzon Command. He is also the first general born from Mindanao.


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  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
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  5. ^ {{cite web|url= No. 1313, An Act Converting into Barrios Certain Sitios in the Province of Zamboanga Del Norte||accessdate=2011-04-11}}
  6. ^ "R.A. No. 2110, An Act Creating the Barrio of Gonayen in the Municipality of Sindangan, Province of Zamboanga Del Norte". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  7. ^ Everett Rosenfeld (June 14, 2011). "New 'World's Shortest Man' Celebrates Birthday, World Record". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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