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Manicahan

Distance from the City Proper 20.10 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

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".

Description

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.

Barangay Fiesta

May 22, in honor of San Isidro Labrador

March 19, in honor of St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church

May 13, in honor of Our Lady of Fatima

Total Population (2007 Census) 7,702
Number of Households 1,479
Punong Barangay Crisencio E. Natividad
Barangay Kagawad Aquino N. Escudero, Jr.
Mervin G. Muyong
Loreta R. Sta. Teresa
Nenita F. Clemente
Guzman A. Baring
Restituto D. Agustin
Ernesto O. Barredo
Secretary
Treasurer