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Distance from the City Proper 41.65 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

There are tales about the origin of name Dita. One story tells of a very kind couple.

Long time ago, there once lived a very kind couple named Tanjalin Dolong and his wife Ilan Dolong. Tanjalin and Ilan was a very lovely couple. Although they had sons and daughters but they had no neighbors.

One morning, when Tanjalin woke up early, he saw two strangers at their house in the name of Quaquin and Sabero. When he asked the one of the men what was their purpose, the man answered that they were looking for friends. They also told Tanjalin that they were Christians and they want to go hunting for wild pigs in the area.

Although these two men were Christians and Tanjalin was a Muslim, they became very good friends. Everyday they went hunting near the shore. When they got tired they used to rest under a big tree which Chavacano commonly call “Dita”.

Every time they went for hunting, this tree became their meeting place. They also enjoyed themselves under this tree such as drinking tuba and eating their lunch. Some relatives of Dolong asked Tanjalin’s wife the whereabouts of the three friends, Ilan answered that they were under the Dita tree. From that time on, the tribes who wanted to visit Dolong’s place, they said “let’s go to Dita especially our brothers and sisters from other sitios of the nearby barangays."

As years passed by, many people migrated to this area as they found out that the place is conducive for residence and a peaceful place to live until time came when the sitio became a registered Barangay in the city way back in 1952.

Barangay Fiesta Fiestas are not celebrated since the inhabitants are predominantly Muslims.  Instead, festivities are observed during Hariraya Ei'dil Fitri as the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Total Population (2007 Census) 3,459
Number of Households 298
Punong Barangay Abdurahim A. Lim
Barangay Kagawad Alikibar K. Samson
Sakib A. Sailaddin
Harun L. Kahal
Rahim K. Ahalun
Alih A. Jal
Abirin S. Kaning
Abubakar S. Akbar