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Distance from the City Proper 32.60 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

Barangay Bolong is a proverbial melting pot ... a product of blending of many cultures from Chinese, Malaysian, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic and Caucasian bloods.

For almost two centuries marked the change of the name of the place from “Bulong” to its present name. “Bolong”.

This community has been known through the following folklore.

Once, there was an old Muslim man who was holding a jelly fish near the seashore when suddenly a Spaniard came by and asked him, “What is that?” The latter replied “bulong” which means jelly fish. From then on, the Spaniards modified the word as the name of the place to remind him of its origin.

Years after, the Spaniards held over Bolong and had constructed two (2) water tanks (concreted) beside the Parish Church and Bolong Elementary School plaza. The presence of the Spaniards amidst the residents resulted in the development of a unique dialect, chavacano, a mixture of Spanish and the native dialects which is still the predominant medium of communication until the present time.

On October 12, 1936, Zamboanga became a chartered city under Commonwealth Act No. 39. Months later, this coastal village became a Barangay of the City of Zamboanga upon enactment of Commonwealth Act, s. 1937.


The coastal village is known as an agricultural area, portion of which is used for agricultural purposes.  Approximately 27% of the entire populace engages in fishing.  Others engage in small business such as retail stores, bakeshops and the likes.

Barangay Fiesta First Sunday of October
Total Population (2007 Census) 5,691
Number of Households 1,027
Punong Barangay Antonio G. Evangelista
Barangay Kagawad Joey A. Gumabay
Delia B. Empong
Querubin L. Macansantos
Isidro A. Enriquez, Jr.
Noel A. Barilla
Berrnardita G. Magbanua
Julita S. Marquez