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Distance from the City Proper 26.00 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

The legal basis of the creation of Barangay Talisayan appears to be vague.  The facts about this important part of the annals of Talisayan have not been established yet since no record has been maintained.

Talisayan is now regarded as one of the industrialized zones west of Zambaonga as industries like canneries continuously mustroom in the area being one of the most conducive and receptive place for this kind of industry.

The name "Talisayan" originated from the Spanish period but the precise time is undetermined.  However, a folk story telling us how Talisayan got its name has been consistently passed on through generations.

Legend of Barangay Talisayan

During those early days, Talisayan was a quiet place and there were just few people living in the area.  When the Spaniards came, a large number of people moved to the place.

As the years went by, there were also people who decided to stay in this place to earn their living.  They found this place suitable for fishing and farming.

People from other places finally decided to stay here permanently.  In the late afternoons, children spent their time along the seashore playing and breathing the freshness of the air.  The children also gathered talisay fruits that served as their snacks after playing.

One afternoon, a group of Spaniards passed by the seashore.  They saw the children playing and they approached them and asked in Spanish what the name of the place is.

The children through they were asked what they were eating, so they replied, "Talisay".  Consequently, the Spaniards thought the same of the place is Talisayan after the talisay trees that grew abundantly in the area.  This is the reason why this place is now called Talisayan.

Moreover, Talisayan also has one sitio called San Ramon.  Like Talisayan, it also has its own story.

In 1870, the government's correctional institution was located in the western part of Zamboanga City.  A man named Ramon Blanco was assigned there as superintendent and there were other officials and employees who worked with him.

During the first year of their stay in this place, they found living hazardous because very often prisoners would escape and endanger the lives of the employees who stayed there.  So the superintendent felt that his most important concern was to find means to solve the problem.

He worked hard and asked the cooperation of his co-workers.  Months passed and great improvements were made that enabled the people to live peacefully in this place.

Finally with the superintendent's splendid accomplishments, he was honored as the founder of the place.  It was then called Ramon after his name.  The prefix "San" was added and so it is now called San Ramon.


Talisayan is comprised of six (6) purok and one sitio - San Ramon.  It is surrounded by adjacent barangay like Ayala, Pamucutan and Sinubong.

Barangay Fiesta

1st Saturday of April, in honor of San Vicente Ferrer

August 31, for San Ramon in honor of San Ramon Nonato

Talisayan boasts to be the first barangay in the city to have its own festival - the Taligrias Festival, a week-long celebration that runs from the last quarter of March to the 5th of April.

Total Population (2007 Census) 10,736
Number of Households 812
Punong Barangay Henry A. Pareja
Barangay Kagawad

Danilo M. Hasil
Rommel S. Lledo
Jainal J. Sabdani
Anamarie L. Somblingo
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