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Manicahan, Zamboanga City, Philippines
Manicahan is 1801 hectares in land area. Manicahan is a coastal Barangay about 20 kilometers from city hall along the coastal highway. Manicahan has about 1801 hecatares and most of it is agricultural. Manicahan has over 2 kilometers of shoreline and beautiful beach front properties.

The Manicahan river is a strong river and provides irrigation to the rice farmers an this allows the rice farmers in Manicahan to plant rice all year round.


Location of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

Distance from CITY PROPER: 20.10 Km.
Location: East Coast

It is bounded by Barangays Lapakan on the west, Victoria on the north, Cabaluay on the south and the islands of Sacol, Tumalutab and Manalipa on the east. Guarded by verdant mountains to the westside, rich fertile land suitable for farming and a coastal area rich in marine resources.

It is divided in 10 sitios comprising of 20 puroks. The sitios are: Poso, Corote, High Zone, Crossing, Busug, Asinan, Sabanita, Central School Zone, Tabuk and Poblacion.

History of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

Barangay Manicahan was created by virtue of R.A. 1245 in 1955. It is one of the oldest Barangays of Zamboanga City.

Before the declaration of Zamboanga City as a Chartered City, Manicahan was one of the municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur Province.

According to a legend authored by Alberto Francisco, the first Maniquenio to become the Municipal Mayor of Manicahan, the place was nameless until 1846. The coastal area near the river was the dwelling place of the "Badjaos" or boat people who passed by the river to take a bath, wash clothes and fetch water for drinking.

In the year 1846, the natives from the Visayas brought by the Spanish missionaries as slaves, arrived and started to migrate into the hinterlands. The Visayans started to toil the fertile sandy soil in the lowlands. They started planting crops fitted for every season. They built their shanties near their farms while the Badjaos living near the shores did the fishing. The Visayans bartered their farm produce with fish and vice-versa. They harmoniously lived without one causing trouble to the other.

One day, a group of Spaniards headed by Governor Cayetano Figueroa together with his men passed by Manicahan. They saw several settlers working in the fields. The settlers were harvesting peanuts. The Spaniards asked the settlers in Spanish, "que se llama este lugar? (What is the name of this place?)" The natives thinking that the Spaniards were asking what they were harvesting answered in Visayan, "Mani nga makaun" (peanuts for foods)". The terms uttered led the Spaniards to think that the place was named "Mani nga makaun". The terms used was handed down from generation to generation until it became "Manikaun" then refined more to "Manikaan" spelled in Spanish as "Manicahan".

People of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

  • Total Population:
    • Per census of 2010: 9,129
    • (As of May 1, 2000, NSO) 7,702 with Number of Household: 1,479

The Barangay is resided by multi-ethnic people with 85% Chavacano, Visayan, Tagalog and Ilocano dialect spoken, while 15% Muslims who are Samals, Yakans and Tausugs. Most of the people live by farming, gardening, fishing and small time business while some are professionals employed in the city and abroad.

With the influx of transients from Sacol Island for the last three decades and they considered Manicahan as their home place, the port area and the Manicahan river bank are now congested with houses.

It has its own source of potable drinking water. The Manicahan Water System caters not only to the basic needs of the Manicahan residents but that of the adjacent barangays of Victoria, Bolong and part of Sangali.

Elected Government Officials of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

Elected Officers of Manicahan for the term of 2013 - 2016
  • Punong Barangay Chairman/Captain : Natividad, Crisencio Escudero
  • Barangay Kagawad Escudero, Aquino Jr Natividad
  • Barangay Kagawad Muyong, Mervin Gonzales
  • Barangay Kagawad Sta. Teresa, Loreta Rosas
  • Barangay Kagawad Clemente, Nenita Falcasantos
  • Barangay Kagawad Baring, Guzman Asaral
  • Barangay Kagawad Agustin, Restituto Dulatre
  • Barangay Kagawad Barredo, Ernesto Ocampo

Elected Officers of Manicahan for the term of 2010 - 2013

Elected Officers for the term of 2007 - 2010

Manicahan Fire Department

Manicahan is proud to have its own Fire Department. The Manicahan fire department also takes care of the nearby barangays. As of 2009 there is only one fire engine in Manicahan.

Businesses in Manicahan, Zamboanga City

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

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Manicahan, Zamboanga City supports Philippine Cycling

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  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Manicahan, Zamboanga City

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  • Catholics:
    • Our Lady of Fatima Parish - (Founded: 1967)

Schools in Manicahan, Zamboanga City

  • Celso gifts Manicahan with projects on foundation day
Sunday, August 9. 2009
by Sheila Covarrubias

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday morning turned over another infrastructure project to the Manicahan barangay, the third project in a week’s time, highlighting the celebration of the village’s 11th foundation anniversary.

Unveiled was Manicahan Central Elementary School newly constructed open stage, which now forms part of the covered court, another city-initiated project turned over last January. Lobregat said the series of inauguration of projects not only in Manicahan but in other barangays as well, is proof that the city government is doing everything possible to bring progress and development in the barangays, contrary to claims of administration critics. Just last Wednesday, August 5, the mayor turned over to the same barangay, a P6 million package of school projects that consisted of the newly constructed two-storey six-classroom building worth P5.5 million at Manicahan Poblacion Elementary School and the 112-linear meter fence amounting to P497,161.67 at Manicahan Poso Elementary School, which has never had a fence since its founding 40 years ago (1969).

“Falta el dia na un ano para inagura el maga proyekto que ta implimenta el gobierno local”, the mayor told residents and guests during the program marking the 11th Dia de Manicahan held at the Manicahan Central School open stage yesterday.

Before gracing the Manicahan activity, the mayor unveiled two other projects earlier. The first was the Café del Sol, a coffee and snack house owned by businessman Pocholo Soliven at the Paseo del Mar while the second was the newly constructed City Civil Registrar’s Office at Pettit Barracks. Lobregat said his administration will continue pursuing its plans and programs as mandated under the law despite the unrelenting criticisms from some quarters.

The mayor was in the company of Councilors Rey Candido, Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim and Eddie Saavedra and other city officials in his visit to Manicahan. Meanwhile, Editha Casino, Manicahan barangay chairperson expressed all out gratitude to the city government especially Mayor Lobregat for the many projects being implemented in her barangay.

“Todo este maga proyekto ta beneficia gayot mucho con el di aton maga constituente na barangay”, the chairwoman said.

The Manicahan Barangay Council prepared a series of activities in celebration of the 11th Dia de Manicahan themed “Unity through diversity for community advancement”.

The celebration kicked off with the walk for a cause followed by a thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Serge de la Noche and the commemorative program which was highlighted by the turn over of the open stage and the search for Gng. Mancahan ’09. The celebration was capped by bingo social, ballroom dancing and disco at sundown.


Zamboanga turns over Manicahan school building
Zamboanga City (September 26) -- Pursuing commitment to assist the educational sector, the city government of Zamboanga, lead by Mayor Celso Lobregat, turned over on Tuesday to school officials the newly constructed Manicahan National High School.

Costing P3.5 million, the two-storey six classroom building, was the third school facility to be inaugurated since September 14 and is part of the over P60 million school building program of the city government for this year.

Lobregat said the assistance to the educational sector will continue without let up in a bid to improve the quality of education in Zamboanga. "Never in the history of Zamboanga City has any administration placed so much emphasis on education than now".

While it is the primary responsibility of the Department of Education to provide classrooms and other facilities to public elementary and secondary schools, the city government will pursue its commitment to assist and support the educational sector.

In his message during the turn over, Lobregat acknowledged the support of the City Council to his program for the education sector and hoped that the august body would continue to back his programs.

For his part, Manicahan National High School Principal Dr. Ronilo Martinez praised the local government for sharing its resources to the DEPED through the construction of school facilities and other infrastructures in public schools.

"Mayor Celso Lobregat has done his part in assisting the youths", Martinez declared stressing that the school building project in Manicahan is "another physical facility that will shelter our students."

Last September 14, Lobregat turned over four school projects at the Maasin Learning Center and a week after inaugurated the Bolong National High School two-storey six classroom building.

For next year, the city government has allocated over P100 million for school building program.

Also present during the turn over in Manicahan yesterday were Councilors Roel Natividad, Eduardo Saavedra, Rodolfo Lim and Rey Candido, Assistant City Engineer Rodrigo Rebollos, City Schools Superintendent OIC Norma Vecina and Manicahan barangay chair Editha Casino and her councilmen.

Economy of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

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Natural Resources of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

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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.


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

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.

Tourists Attractions of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

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Fiestas and Traditions of Manicahan, Zamboanga City

Barangay Manicahan has 3 Catholic Chapels, one built in Poso, with Poso and Corote celebrating its fiesta on the 22nd of May, in honor of San Isidro de Labrador.

Another is at Poblacion, with Asinan, Sabanita and Tabuk celebrating its fiesta on the 19th of March, in honor of St. Joseph, patron of universal church.

And the third one is at Crossing with High School Zone, Busug, Crossing and part of Asinan celebrating its fiesta on the 13th of May, in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

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