Zamboanga City

People who live in Zamboanga City are called Zamboangueños. The majority of the people who live in Zamboanga City speak the chavacano language. Of course several other languages are spoken in Zamboanga City but the local residents are really proud of their language and the name that they have coined it, “chavacano”.


Zamboanga City is a chartered City (October 12, 1936) and is an independent component of any provinces in the Philippines. Zamboanga City is the 6th most populated city in the Philippines and with a total land mass area of 1,483.38 square kilometers, makes Zamboanga City the 3rd largest city in the Philippines.

Zamboanga City, “urgullo” de Mindanao. Originally known as the City of Flowers. Then the Lobregat’s came around and lobbied to change the tag line to “Asia’s Latin City”. Zamboanga City, The Pride of Mindanao. Zamboanga City is located at the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula and is one of the major cities in Mindanao. Zamboanga City is NOT a part of Zamboanga del Sur. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Commission on Election (comelec), PIA (Philippine Information Agency), and the office of the president of The Philippines as of today (11/21/2021), continues to incorrectly lists Zamboanga City as part of Zamboanga del Sur.

The four largest cities in the Philippines: Davao City, Puerto Princesa City, Zamboanga City, Ilagan City

Location of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • Located at the tip of the zamboanga peninsula within region 9 in Mindanao.
  • Total Land Area: 1,483.38 square kilometers or 572.73 square milesElevation: Elevation varies, From the coastlines to about 1 kilometer in. It starts at 2 meters to 3 meters as you move in and it gradually increases. The inland mountains are as high as 1000 meters.
  • Zip Code of Zamboanga City: 7000
  • Phone Area code: 62
    • When you call from outside the Philippines to a land line in Zamboaga City you dial first your Int’l access code, then the Philippines country code (63) , Zamboanga’s area code (62), then the local number. From a cell phone: 1st the Intl’l access code, then P.I. Country code (63), the cell phone number.

Zamboanga City is not part of Zamboanga del Sur

  • In October 12, 1936 Zamboanga city became a chartered city and was carved out from the province but remained as the capital of the province.
  • In September 17, 1952, via Republic Act No. 711 Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte was carved out from the province and the Zamboanga province no longer existed.
  • Zamboanga Sibugay was created on February 24, 2001 (carved out from the province of Zamboanga del Sur) during the term of Congressman George T. Hofer by Republic Act 8973.

People of Zamboanga City, Philippines

  • People of Zamboanga City are called:
    • Zamboangueños = males
    • Zamboangueñas = females
  • The Official Language of Zamboanga City is Chavacano.
  • The other major languages spoken in Zamboanga are:Filipino, English, Cebuano, Tausug, Subanon, Samal, Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese
  • English is still the language used in all the school system to educate the public. Filipino or Tagalog is the second language used for education.

  • The 2020 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: 977,234
  • The 2015 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: 861,799
  • The 2010 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: Total 807,129
  • The 2007 Census has the Population of Zamboanga City at: Total 774,407

Government of Zamboanga City, Philippines

The location of the zamboanga city hall is within the barangay of Zone IV. City Hall Valderrosa Street Zone IV, Zamboanga City, Philippines 7000

Elected Government Officials of Zamboanga City for the term of 2019-2022 Mayor of Zamboanga City: Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar Vice-Mayor of Zamboanga City: Rommel S. Agan Representative District I: Congressman Cesar “Jawo” Jimenez Jr. Representative District II: Congressman Manuel Jose M. “Mannix” Dalipe ABC (Association of Barangays Council) President: Perez, Jerry Evangelista, Punong Barangay (Chairman) of Putik Indigenous People’s City Council Representative: Tungkuh B. Hanapi

  • Councillors for District I
  1. Josephine E. Pareja
  2. Elbert “Bong” Atilano
  3. Khymer Olaso
  4. Litlit Macrohon
  5. Gerky Valesco
  6. Cesar L. “Sang” Jimenez
  7. Monsi Dela Cruz
  8. El King Kasim Omaga
  • Councillors for District II
  1. John M. Dalipe
  2. Benjamin Guingona III
  3. Juan (Kim) Climaco P. Elago
  4. Lilibeth Nuño
  5. Miguel C. Alavar III
  6. Jihan Edding
  7. Jimmy Villaflores
  8. Vincent Paul A. Elago

Featured News of the Philippines

Updated: November 1, 2022 Over 65K people in Central Visayas affected by Paeng. DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7 (DSWD-7) has reported that Tropical Storm Paeng affected 65,461 people or 3,561 families in 220 barangays in the four Central Visayas provinces. A report from the DSWD-7 obtained by the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday showed that as of Oct. 31, more than PHP759,000 in assistance was also handed out by the agency through their local counterparts in the aftermath of the storm. The assistance includes food packs, hot meals, modular tents, and hygiene kits, among others.
Paeng damage to W. Visayas agri sector now at P363-M BACOLOD CITY – The onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng left an estimated damage of PHP362.934 million to crops in Western Visayas as of Tuesday. A progress report of the Department of Agriculture Region 6 (DA-6) cited by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Emergency Operations Center showed the affected crops include rice, corn, and other high value-crops with a total volume of 14,002 metric tons (MT), of which more than 10,000 MT is for rice alone. Source: “PNA.GOV.PH

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