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San Roque

Distance from the City Proper 6.00 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

Barangay Zone II was created on July 10, 1973, together with Zones I, III and IV pursuant to Executive Order No. 6, issued by then Mayor Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. through the Secretary Jose Ma. Bucoy, under Presidential Decree No. 86, dated December 31, 1972.

Long before the Spaniards came to Zamboanga, this Barangay was occupied by the Moros called Tipung. Before the Spaniards conquered this province, the Moros staged continuous attacks against the invading Spaniards. The Spaniards were, however, successful in subduing and driving the moros.

When peace was secured, the Spaniards began to spread the Christian religion among the natives. The ZamboangueƱos and some of the Moros were converted to Christianity. At that time, the Spaniards were constructing a building and a church where to educate the young and the old alike.

One time, cholera spread in this barangay. Several people died daily for there was no means by which this dreadful disease could be contained. So the prisoners went with the task of burying the dead.

There was a priest by the name of Father Sancho who heard about this sad happening. He felt pity for the people who died without even receiving some blessings. So, he went to the cemetery everyday and blessed the grave with holy water. Father Sancho requested the people to pray much for their safety especially to the saint called San Roque. The people believed that San Roque was the one who saved them from the disease, for which they were very thankful to the saint. So they asked the priest to celebrate a thanksgiving mass in honor of the saint and from that day on, the people went to the chapel to pray and adore the saint.

For every year people celebrate the Barangay Fiesta in honor of San Roque which became their patron saint, and not long after they finally changed the name Tipung to San Roque.

Description

Barangay Roque has a huge private memorial cemetery and an adjacent public cemetery along the left wing bounded by a runway of the Zamboanga City International Airport. Approaching the boundary edge of San Roque are vast areas of green mountains reflecting that farming was the traditional livelihood of the residents, and at the same edge is an attractive water falls (Busay), which if developed would attract more local visitors and foreign tourists.

Barangay Fiesta August 16, in honor of San Roque
Total Population (2007 Census) 20,974
Number of Households 3,078
Punong Barangay Joselito A. Macrohon
Barangay Kagawad Edgardo C. Delgado
Michael I. Feliciano
Ramon G. Rojas
Saldi M. Sahid
Daud G. Asaral
Aileen L. Feliciano
Armando B. Cruz
Secretary Krishaleen S. de Leon
Treasurer Ma. Louise F. Asuncion