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Distance from the City Proper 21.50 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

Lapakan was given by the Spaniards to this Barangay. It is told that a group of Spanish colonizers asked a group of natives/locals regarding the sounds coming from burning "bagacays" (a variety of bamboo). Lapakan may have been derived from the word "lagapakan" which means “resembling the sound of firecrackers” inZamboangueño dialect. From that time, the Spaniards noted down the place's name as Lapakan.

Lapakan is an old place whose beginnings as a settlement may be traced back to world war period when it has attracted Japanese soldiers who went into hiding because of the forested area and varied number of caves.


It is in the southeast part of the city, bounded by Barangays Manicahan, Cabaluay and Tolosa.

Its centro is accessible to all means of land transportation.

Lapakan is a vast land devoted to agricultural purposes. Wide portions are upland and mountainous with sloping areas as well. It is subdivided into seven puroks and one sitio called Nangka.

Water supply is sourced from electricity-generated deep well. Other puroks located in mountainous areas get their supply from other water resources like springs, etc.

Agriculture or farming is the main economic activity of the people. Main source of income are vegetables, banana and root crops.

The large majority of the population (about 95%) is Zamboangueños and the predominant dialect being spoken is Chavacano.

Barangay Fiesta April 5
Total Population (2007 Census) 1,928
Number of Households 405
Punong Barangay Clodualdo E. Cosme
Barangay Kagawad Gloria M. Eijansantos
Joel L. Apolinario
Elmer Napalcruz
Amelia L. Apolinario
Vilma R. Apolinario
Elmer R. Toribio
Daisy A. Paglinawan