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Map of Negros Oriental showing the location of Zamboanguita
Map of Negros Oriental showing the location of Zamboanguita
Zamboanguita is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°07′N 123°12′E / 9.117°N 123.200°E / 9.117; 123.200Coordinates: 09°07′N 123°12′E / 9.117°N 123.200°E / 9.117; 123.200
Country  Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR/Region XVIII)
Province Negros Oriental
District 3rd district of Negros Oriental
Founded 1866
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Glen Alanano
 • Vice Mayor Eping Elmido
 • Total 85.86 km2 (33.15 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 24,996
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6218
IDD:area code 035
Income class 4th class

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


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.


Population census of Zamboanguita
Year Pop. ±% 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[4][5][6][7]

Fiestas and Traditions[edit]

Fiesta – San Isidro Labrador, May 15

Local government[edit]

It is part of the 3rd District of Negros Oriental, which is currently represented in the House of Representatives of the Philippines by Arnolfo A. Teves.

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

Schools in Zamboanguita[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • 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 schools[edit]

  • 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 also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elected Mayors – Vice Mayors and Councilors in Negros Oriental". Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  2. ^ "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 9, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Census of Population (2015). "Negros Island Region (NIR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Province of Negros Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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