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Distance from the City Proper 85.85 kms
Political District District II
Historical Background

The colorful history of Tictapul is not apart from the history of Mindanao, Zamboanga or Zamboanga City. Oral testimonials of old people reveal the original tribe was the Subanen and later the indigeneous Zamboangueños evolved. Relating this fact to the research on the history of Zambaonga by Father Hilario Lim (PhD dissertation with the University of the Philippines), the Zamboangueño tribe was the consequence of intermarriage of Spanish soldiers and native Samal, Subanen, Tausug and Yakan tribes. In the case of Tictapul, the chabacano-speaking tribe was a result of crossbreed of Subanen and Spanish nationals.

The next tribe to inhabit the place was the Sama-Bangingi. Life in the pre-Spanish period was characterized as simple and people were thriving on subsistent form of economy. The early tribes lived on farming, hunting and fishing (from the river) and the need for food was adequately met due to its availability and abundance. Primitive tools for farming were used; traditional costumes were worn and the males' G-string; modes of healing the sick were by the use of herbal medicine; the early tribes protected themselves from attacks of other tribes by means of bolo, bow and arrow, and the "suplot" (a bamboo pipe with poisoned bullet).

As with the rest of the country, Tictapul has experience two waves of major colonizations: Spanish and American. The changes brought by these two colonizers may have caused the development in some ways, but in the long run have not uplifted the life of the people through the generations. Looking at the place at present, it is obviously underdeveloped.

The Spaniards have influenced them in matters of values and religious beliefs (according to Hilario Lim, half of the Zamboangueños were baptized as Catholics); crops were planted as dictated by the Spanish crown such as coconut, abaca and acacia. With the coming of the Americans, new crops were added such as rubber, bananas and a variety of palay. However, colonization has exploited the natural resources of Tictapul, and the biggest was the opening of logging operations in the 1920s. which was owned by Chinese and American businessmen. The disastrous flood in 1953 was the strong evidence of denuded forests.

The logging business has a lot to do with its present name "Tictapul".  According to the source, Tictapul was once a part of Barangay Vitali, which stretched its boundary to Zamboanga del Sur. Tictapul was a mispronunciation of the names Tee, Tan and Poole - the three logging magnates who maintained log ponds. In those days, there were no available public conveyances to transport goods or passengers. The residents of the log pond area used to hitch on the logging trucks and passengers bound to this area referred to it as "Tee-Pan-Poole". It was an old native woman who mispronounced the word into "Tig-Tan-Pul". Thereafter, hitchhikers referred to the area as Tigtapul. It was the Zamboangueños who had difficulty in pronouncing the letter "G" and the word "Tig" became "Tic".

Desciption It is located 20-kms from the boundary of Zamboanga del Sur. It is the second to the last barangay towards the boundary of the city in the east coast.
Barangay Fiesta May 4
Total Population (2007 Census) 3,072
Number of Households 390
Punong Barangay Anastacio P. Cabayacruz
Barangay Kagawad Marifil P. Tatoy
Apostol P. Cabayacruz
Reynnie A. Doconte
Eduardo S. Franco, Jr.
Corazon A. Akim
Abdulyasin F. Abdurasid
Albin G. Palad
Secretary Nabila M. Lauria
Treasurer Vilma L. Charias
SK Chairman Omar Sumaidi O. Abdurasid