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Curuan, Zamboanga City, Philippines Curuan is the largest Barangay in Zamboanga City. It covers over 7,216 hectares or 72.16 square kilometers or 6 kilometers by 12 kilometers in dimension. It is also a school district seat. It manages over 19 other barangays. The elementary school of Curuan itself has an enrollment of about 1200 students.

As you drive down the highway and you come to the curuan border, you will see rice fields on both sides of the highway. Curuan is a farming community but steadily modernizing its commercial center.

Curuan has a large fishpond industry. Most of the fishponds are located by the estuary where most of the mangroves used to be. Curuan must learn to take care of its mangroves or it will lose a major part of its natural resources(2005). People continually cut the mangrove trees to sell them as fence posts. This practice must stop.

The curuan river provides irrigation to hundreds of hectares of ricefields to both curuan and quiniput areas.

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Location of Curuan, Zamboanga City

Located on the east coast of Zamboanga City. Distance from CITY PROPER is about 50 Kilometers. Borders the barangay of Quiniput to the south and Buenavista to the north.

You start your jouney from Zamboanga City proper going east to Curuan on a car, you will pass by many, many barangays along the Maria Clara Lobregat Highway. You will not get bored on this long trip as this highway will provide you the challenge and entertainment. Most Public Market are built along the highway. In fact some business stalls are on top the road. Vendors and buyers alike are doing their daily business with little concern on passing cars.
Driving on this road requires good concentration not only because of unconcern pedestrians but because of reckless drivers of pedi cabs, motorcycles, tricycles, cars, vans, not to mention big buses and trucks zooming on all sides and on every directions. But its not continous as this condition only happen where every Public Maket exist. Traffic would slow down near Bolong Barangay but road would start ascending and zigzaging to Lubigan Barangay.
Somewhere on this road you can stop and take a glimpse of a beautiful valley down below. Savor the scenery for a while. On your left, are mountain ranges, full of trees down to the foot of the mountain then coconut trees are neatly lined up that seems to follow the contour of the land to the edge of rice paddies. An open field with hues of greens,yellows and browns of various rectangularity. On your right is the fish pond area that appears brownish black with puddles of grayish water. It is enclosed by mangroove trees which snaked the shorlines of the sea. What a sight to behold but you have to continue your journey because somewhere down that marvelous lanscape is Curuan.
A few more kilometers you will be there. But these few kilometers might be your most challenging of them all as it is narrow, continously descending, winding, and blind curves are common occurence. Some curves you have to stop completely to let the other incoming car to pass by first. Do not look down on your right shoulder if you have acrophobia. But all will be okey with careful driving. After a few minutes of descending you will hit the first flat road. A very welcome relief but it is not yet Curuan, but Quiniput Barangay.
At this point you can relax and casually cruise until you come to open space of rice field and on the center of this open space, a cluster of houses, buildings and buzzy with lives then you can rest assure you are on the treshold of wonderland of Curuan. A barangay situated and surrounded by mountains from the north to the west and to the south and with an opening to the east facing the sea. Topographically or imaginary aerial view these mountains form a big capital letter "C" and within that letter C, flourished a humble, proud barangay called "CURUAN".

History of Curuan, Zamboanga City

Long before the Spaniards came to Zamboanga City, Curuan was already a well-established settlement. The inhabitants were the Samals along the river banks towards the interior, while the Yakans lived along the coast beside the mouth of the Curuan River. Majority of the early settlers were Mohammedans. Fishing was the main source of living.

It is said that these early inhabitants were very religious and often pass away their time reading the Koran. When the Spaniards arrived at this place, the first man they saw was reading the Koran. When asked what the name of the place was, the man thought he was being asked the name of the book he was reading; therefore he answered “KORAN”. The Spaniards thought this to be the name of the place and so the place was henceforth was named “Curuan”, coming from the Muslim Bible “Koran”.

People of Curuan, Zamboanga City

2007 Census:
Total population: 5,920
Number of Household: 1,289

  • Population as of May 1, 2010 Census: 7,378

Elected Government Officials of Curuan, Zamboanga City

Elected Officials of Curuan for the term of 2013-2016
  • Punong Barangay Chairman/Captain : Perez, Noel Balber
  • Barangay Kagawad Angeles, Rommel Natividad
  • Barangay Kagawad Manalo, Carmelito Falcasantos
  • Barangay Kagawad Rosal, Jose Bazan
  • Barangay Kagawad Adil, Aksa Igasan
  • Barangay Kagawad Paragas, Danilo Jumawan
  • Barangay Kagawad Angeles, Ronaldo Tee
  • Barangay Kagawad Falcasantos, Joselito Atilano

Elected Officials of Curuan for the term of 2010-2013

Elected Officers for the term of 2007 - 2010

Picture Gallery of Curuan Barangay Hall

Curuan Health Center

Curuan has its own public health center. The nursing students from the universities and colleges of Zamboanga City during their 3rd and 4th year of college with the supervision of a registered nurse, usually volunteer their time to the neighboring barangays with their own public health center. People can have their blood pressure checked, and pregnant women also get free pre-natal services.

Businesses in Curuan, Zamboanga City

There are businesses in Curuan. Most of the shopping needs of the community are met right in Curuan. Except for specialty items, most of the stuff that you need are all available in Curuan. Cururan has textile stores, hardware stores, department stores, supermarket, open market, copra and seaweed dealerships, rice mills and corn mills, fish ponds, piggery, poultry, and several types of small farms.

  • Water Purifying Company: Zambosprings "water purifier" Corporation
It was concieved in 2005 in Stockton,California,USA. That was the same year when the "Pracletos", the singing Priests of Zamboanga City was in America on concert tour to raise funds. Their host in Stockton was from Curuan. During days that the Priest were not performing, they and their host and some visitors talk about Zamboanga City from morals to economic conditions specially about Curuan.
One topic got interesting and it is about, "bottled water" People prefer to drink purified water than the faucet potable water even it cost them P50.00 for the 5 gallon container. Businessmen buy it from the City at P30.00. But if there is a water purifier company in Curuan to produce the same or even better quality of purified water and at the same City price, it will save the people of Curuan P20.00 per 5gal container.The company will provide additional jobs,tax paying establishment.
After a month of discussing the pros and cons the host and his sister decided to invest 2 million pesos on this project to be managed by the Priests. With the honest and simple agreement that (A) the net profit would be devided into three equal parts. 1. Maintenance 2.Parish and Curuan Community 3. pay back the capital. (B) To serve the Curuan community in any manner it can. With a shake hands and in good faith the Zambosprings Corporation was built and started the operation November 2006.
Zambosprings "water purifier" Corporation is not all business venture but more on to serve the community. As it demonstrated last 2007 when The Curuan Parish Water System experienced management problem, the Zambosprings Corporation offered it's assistance in management to keep the water flowing in Curuan up to this date.

Curuan, Zamboanga City supports Philippine Cycling

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

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Religions in Curuan, Zamboanga City

There are several religions in Curuan. The dominant one is Christianity.

  • Catholics:
    • St. Stanislaus the Kotska Parish - ( Founded: 1984 )
      • Fr. William Quiamjot - Parish Priest
      • Fr. Louino Alejandro - Parochial Vicar

Curuan Parish Church: St. Stanislaus the Kotska Parish

Patron Saint of the Catholic Church is Saint Stanislaus Kostka.

Schools in Curuan, Zamboanga City

Curuan Elementary School

The curuan Elementary school still has a lot room for the children to be involved in sports or simply run around and enjoy life being children. Most of the Elementary schools in Zamboaga City due to lack of planning and forsight gave up the greenery for more buildings. Curuan has the option now to expand their school land area because some of the neighbors are still willing to negotiate.

Curuan National High School

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The Curuan National High School has about 1000 students. The curuan high school has a great potential. The development of the school comes from the suport of the Alumni/alumnae of the Curuan High School. Curuan high school has produced many succesful businessmen, business women and other successful professionals. The Curuan National High School Alumni Association are now looking for the ways and means to be able to utilize the resources from the graduates to better improve the High School. The government provides the yearly budget to support the school and the CNHSAA supplements this. The graduates of Curuan National High School will show the way.

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Curuan Auditorium

The project to build this auditorium started in 2004. The pictures below were taken in June of 2007. That's how they left the auditorium building in 2004.

Economy of Curuan, Zamboanga City

The economy of Curuan is growing very fast. The copra dealership business is booming and so is the agar-agar (Seaweeds). Improvements were made to the local public supermarket. Palay is still king in Curuan.

Natural Resources of Curuan, Zamboanga City

There is gold and silver in Curuan. People pan for gold in the hills of Curuan.

In Zamboanga City, Curuan is only a barangay, but if you compare the GDP of Curuan with some of the municipalities of Sibugay or Zamboanga del Sur, Curuan is ahead of them by a mile.

The river of Curuan has been dammed at the location called "Presa". The dam is about 50 feet wide and the river runs over it. The dam was basically built to divert water for irrigation. Next to the Dam is a new steel bridge that's about 30 feet wide.

The diverted water from the dam irrigates most of the ricefields in Curuan and Quiniput. This same river runs through the "poblacion" of barangay Curuan. The "poblacion" is like the municipality proper where most of the Curuan commerce is transacted. This river running through Curuan-Main is a great resource for tourism in Curuan for the future. However, lack of planning is devasting this beautiful river. The buildings and houses near the banks of the Curuan River dump their garbage and sewer into the river. There is no law in Curuan against the abuse of this beautiful natural resource.

It will be a sad day in Curuan when the future generation will see the Curuan river just like the current Sucabon River in downtown Zamboanga City. The Sucabon River is the Sewer River of Zamboanga City.

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.

Contact:

  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626
  • osec@denr.gov.ph

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. We have too many black outs.

Curuan Water District

Office Location: The Curuan Parish Water System operates it's ofice within the ZamboSpring Water Purifier Building.

The name of the water servicing the barangay is Curuan Parish Water System. The water source comes sitio Campo Dos. There is a huge reservoir in Ranch Narra.

THE CURUAN PARISH WATER SYSTEM...The first time I heard this name, I said to myself, why not "The Curuan Barangay Water System"?. After all it is managed by Curuan Barangay Officials. But after a few explanations and fact finding, I agreed with present name.

I was informed that there was once a Water System by the name of CURWASA. Financed by some government agency, manage by Curuan Barangay Officials and some important local people but it did not last long it went bankrupt for some complicated and mysterious reasons. This was the time when the Parish Priest of Curuan, Fr.Cris Manongas was encouraged to build another Water System entirely independent from the "Curwasa".

Fr. Cris Manongas, who is a Monsignor now, wrote a letter to a non-profit organization called MANOS UNIDAS-SPAIN to seek for financial help. With the help of God the funds was alloted to build this Curuan Parish Water System. At first not all Curuanos were excited and optimistic this will succeed especially with the amount of just more or less of 16 million pesos to build. Yet with the strong leadrship and faith of Msgr. Cris Manongas and the loyalty of Hatiben Red Silven and the few Curuanos who influence the rest of the populace they started to build in 1996.

In two years time there was running water in every house of Curuan. What a WATER SYSTEM. The water is coming out from the mountain spring, constant water pressure 24/7, no rationing. It even provide free water for the whole Quiniput Barangay Water System. It extended its services to most part of Buenavista Barangay too. Three Barangay for 16million pesos. UNBELIEVABLE!, but AMAZINGLY TRUE. This is the best thing that ever happened to Curuan Barangay, a pure blessing from above as the Curuanos contaminated and destroyed their River, their main supply of fresh water.

The water source of Curuan Parish Water System comes from Campo Dos, Masaba, Quiniput. It is more or less 325 meters above sea level. The force of Gravity is the only force that distribute the water all over the three Barangays. A very simple but very brilliant idea that Quiniput, Curuan, and Buenavista Barangays has SPRING WATER in their home.

But this great water system is getting old,12 years old to be exact. Most of the tubings are wearing out and pretty soon they will start to break down and eventually the end will come...unless...the people of Curuan, Quiniput and Buenavista will have to come together to support the management of Msgr.Cris Manongas, assist and cooperate with him in any ways they could in the MAINTENANCE of this great water system. Appreciate and be proud, take good care of this water system as they take care of their own life because this is their life.

Tourists Attractions of Curuan, Zamboanga City

Curuan has great sites for tourism. Curuan has the mountains, the beaches, mangroves, the estuary, the ricefields, and the plantations.

Fiestas and Traditions of Curuan, Zamboanga City

Barangay Fiesta: November 13
Patron Saint of the Catholic Church is Saint Stanislaus Kostka

Your Story about Curuan, Zamboanga City

Submitted_by: Canty Muñoz
email: cantimuoz@yahoo.com

Patron Saint of the Catholic Church is Saint Stanislaus Kostka. Parish priest is Fr William Quiamjot. Two schools in the barangay are Curuan Central School and Curuan National High School. The name of the water servicing the barangay is Curuan Parish Water System. The water source comes sitio Campo Dos. There is a huge reservoir in Ranch Narra. In addition to the Police force, there is also an army detachment in a place called Sampaloc for the security of the barangay.


amado dagalea ledesma jr
aledesma209@yahoo.com
Friday, 5. October 2007

My name is Nony ledesma,second batch of Curuan Barrangay HS(1969-70) married to Norwesa Marsonia Paragas of Presa,Curuan. We have 3 daugthers, Amplenor, Aleanor, Analea.

Amplyn still lives in curuan, married with one son. Badiding is a nurse here in St.Joseph Hospital in Stockton, California. An-an is a student nurse here in Delta College in Stockton. Norwie is our house commander. I am semi-retired and dreaming to go home to Curuan, well until Badiding & An-an settles down.No place like home.

I am so happy to see a site that deals specifically about Curuan. How I hope we can do something to Curuan for which I believe is not growing as it should be.I left Curuan in 1983 and came back 2001.It was not the Curuan I envisioned in my mind after 18 years out. Curuan should be better than what it is today.

With all the energetic, resourcefull, intelligent people of Curuan, I do not see why not. But then maybe it should come from people who left Curuan to do the job to make Curuan a better place. Like YOU. With your SITE, you can start leading people of Curuan descend to group together and brainstorm to do something for Curuan, I will be one of your followers...WILL YOU DO IT? please...


Miguel Delos Reyes Enriquez Jr
miguel.enriquez@aramco.com
Wednesday, 23. May 2007

This place remains a wonderful memmories in my life. I spent the great time during my childhood with my Aunt's and Uncle, cousins and friends specially in Presa Curuan. My mother grew up here. I'm from the clan of Delos Reyes Family. Our Lolo Porfirio & Hacoba Delos Reyes. Eroll Delos Reyes is one of my cousins. I really miss the place of Curuan. I hope someday I could meet you all my cousins again like the old times. I miss you all.

Families of Curuan, Zamboanga City

List of Families whose names are deeply rooted in Curuan.
Amado, Angeles, Bucoy, Carroz, Dagalea, De los Reyes, Garcia, Gallardo, Guevarra, Heresilles, Ledesma, Manalo, Muñoz, Paragas, Perez, Quintos, Rarugal, Rebollos, Tabamo, Tabar

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