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Distance from the City Proper 18.45 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

The legend of Talabaan was recorded by Mr. Rodolfo B. Basilio, a Barangay Kagawad who interviewed Mr. Rito C. Angeles' great great grandson, one of the founders of Barangay Talabaan.  Here is his story.

In 1882, his great grandfather Mr Isidro Angeles Sr. settled here in Mindanao.  He hailed from Pampanga and at the age of 21 came to Mindanao, the Land of Promise in search for a better future.  He settled in Zamboanga City.  In the course of time, he met a beautiful girl from Talabaan, a barrio already known at that time.

Accordingly, he would cross a big river and rice fields while visiting his girlfriend.  The nipa hut of his girlfriend was near a river and along the river can be found many smallshells called talaba.  It was such in abundance and people, young and old, usually pick these shells for their daily food.  They would also sell these shells in the town market.

In the end, Mr. Angeles Sr. won the heart of his girlfriend and they were married in the barrio and settled there.  Two years later, the couple was blessed with a child and baptized him Isidro Angeles Jr. in 1885.  It was Isidro Jr. who narrated what his father told to the family of Mr. Basilio about the story of Talabaan.

Accordingly, after having settled in the barrio, Mr. Angeles Sr. became the Cabeza de Barangay.  He named the Barangay "Talabaan" because of the abundance of shells in the river.

The barangay progressed under the Cabeza de barangay.  Farming and copra remained the major source of livelihood in the barangay.  There were animals like cows and carabaos that transport the products from the barangay to the town.  Soon after, a religious couple named Enriquez Saavedra and wife Mercedes, initiated the first fiestaandthepatron saint was "La Virgen del Pilar" on May 31, 1945.  It was during this time that the name of the barangay was modified.


Talabaan is classified as agricultural area.  The terrain is hilly and plain.  Vegetable gardening and poultry raising activities are engaged by at least half of the residents to augment their low income and increase productivity.

Like most areas in Zamboanga City, Talabaan is predominantly made up of Zamboangueños (72%) and the rest are Visayans and Muslims.

Other important needs are still not met such as water and toilet facilities.  Although only 18 kms away from the city proper, only 80% have access to potable water and piped water system.

Barangay Fiesta May 23
Total Population (2007 Census) 3,408
Number of Households 659
Punong Barangay Usman J. Pingli
Barangay Kagawad Abbas A. Cabulao
Mubin T. Tayani
Nursam S. Nulkari
Pedro B. Gonzales
Lilian T. Arrabaca
Richie P. Alid
Jose G. Ignacio