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Rio Hondo

Distance from the City Proper 0.92 km
Political District District II
Historical Background

Barangay Rio Hondo is legally created by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 69 dated March 13, 1954, by late President Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.

As related by Pegafitta, the historian and Coulombs, the missionary, Barangay Rio Hondo has long been in existence being occupied by the Spaniards since 1600. In fact, this area was more visible during the construction of Fort Pilar Shrine in 1635 based on the observation of Pegafitta and Coulombs.

This Barangay has been occupied by three classes of Samals: (1) Palaos, the group of Samals who were residing on the sea by means of their boats. They made roof on it, wall covering and served as their residential houses; (2) Bagumbayan- the group of Samals who were residing in the mouth of the rivers, many of them could be seen in Timoza River and Tigtabon where the Islamization began; and, (3) Cagang-Cagang- These were the group of Samals who resided alongside of the rivers and many of them could be found before in Taluksangay, Recodo and Campo Islam.

Barangay Rio Hondo is being mounted by two rivers. The first can be found at the back of Rio Hondo parking area and the second is separates Barangays Rio Hondo and Mariki, which also serves as natural boundary between the two barangays for almost 30 years now since the political creation of Barangay Mariki in 1976 by late Mayor Joaquin Enriquez, Jr.

Since Rio Hondo is being bounded by the rivers, the name was coined but taking back more than three hundred years ago, the original name of Rio Hondo was Cagang-Cagang.


It has seven sitios: Laud-Laud, Lupa-Lupa, Kabingaan, Hongkong, Fishpond, Campo Muslim and Aplaya

Barangay Fiesta

October 12, in honor of Our Lady of the Pillar for the Christians.

For the Muslims, festivities are observed during Hariraya Ei'dil Fitri as the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Total Population (2007 Census) 9,974
Number of Households 1,200
Punong Barangay Rozdy A. Mukarram
Barangay Kagawad Mer-Asis S. Saji
Panang Hadja B. Ambil
Galib J. Madjid
Jinnol Hadji A. Malik
Aloya J. Tahir
Salbano Hadja T. Gumampang
Sitti Alia S. Asakil