Provinces

Zamboanga Sibugay Province

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ABOUT

Zamboanga Sibugay is a province in the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Ipil. The province is known as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” through the Western Nautical Highway and has also been called the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines.”

LOCATION

Zamboanga Sibugay

Coordinates: 7°48′N 122°40′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Zamboanga Sibugay
Location:
7°48′N 122°40′E | View Map
Year Founded:
2001
Capital:
Ipil
Area:
3,607.75 km2 (1,392.96 sq mi)
Population:
669,900
Density:
180/km2 (450/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
16 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Sibugaynon/Zamboangueño/a
Elevation:
2,454 m (8,051 ft)(Mount Bangbanglang)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
7001–7039
Area code:
+63 -(062)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Second Class
Religion(s):
The province is predominantly Christian
Language(s):
Cebuano, Chavacano, Subanon, Tausug, English
Known For:
Natural attractions such as white sand beaches, caves, and waterfalls
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, corn, coconut, rubber, tobacco, coffee, and cacao), Manufacturing (garments, wax, and candle), Handicraft
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
October, December, January, March
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
Ipil Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is tropical. The average yearly temperature is 26.0 °C (78.8 °F), and the average monthly temperature ranges from 22.0 °C (71.6 °F) in January to 28.5 °C (83.3 °F) in July, similar to that of Southern Taiwan. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year; the rainiest month is August while the driest month is April. November to February are the coldest months.

The best times to visit Zamboanga for ideal weather are October 29th to December 16th or January 22nd to March 4th based on average temperature.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

MUNICIPALITIES, CITIES & TOWNS

Zamboanga Sibugay Province Map

The Zamboanga Sibugay provinceis divided into 16 Municipalities:

  • Alicia
  • Buug
  • Diplahan
  • Imelda
  • Ipil
  • Kabasalan
  • Mabuhay
  • Malangas
  • Naga
  • Olutanga
  • Payao
  • Roseller Lim
  • Siay
  • Talusan
  • Titay
  • Tungawan
 

ISLANDS

There are 18 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Zamboanga Sibugay which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Bacolog Island
  • Bangaan Island
  • Buluan Island
  • Diligan Island
  • Labang Labang Island
  • Lampinigan Island
  • Lamuyon Island
  • Lapinigan Island
  • Limono Islets
  • Lipari Island
  • Litayun Island
  • Lutangan Island
  • Malibak Island
  • Pinya Island
  • Saduc Islets
  • Sibulan Island
  • Silagui Island
  • Tigabon Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Zamboanga Sibugay province:

  • Arcillas Beach
  • Bayangan Island
  • Buluan Island
  • Canelar Barter Trade Center
  • CityMall
  • Malagandis Falls
  • Merloquet Falls
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
  • Moalboal Cave
  • Tagbilat Falls

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Zamboanga Sibugay throughout the year:

  • Sibug Sibug Festival – February 26

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Zamboanga Sibugay province.

Where in the Philippines is Zamboanga Sibugay located?
Zamboanga Sibugay is located on the south-central section of the Zamboanga Peninsula in western Mindanao.

Is Zamboanga Sibugay a city or province?
Zamboanga Sibugay is a province.

What is the Capital of Zamboanga Sibugay?
The capital of Zamboanga Sibugay is Ipil.

What is Zamboanga Sibugay famous or known for?
Zamboanga Sibugay is famous or known for natural attractions such as white sand beaches, caves, and waterfalls.

How do I get to Zamboanga Sibugay?
There are several ways to get to Zamboanga Sibugay, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane to Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur) | 1.5 hours | $56-$220 + Bus to Ipil | 4 hours | $3-$6
  • Car ferry to Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur) | 44 hours | $20-$70 + Bus to Ipil | 4 hours | $3-$6
  • Plane to Pagadian | 1.5 hours | $56-$180 + Bus to Ipil | 3 hours | $3-$6

You can fly to an alternate airport, however the time will be approximately the same, but the cost will be significantly more

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How many islands are in Zamboanga Sibugay?
There are 18 islands in the Zamboanga Sibugay province.

What does Zamboanga mean?
Zamboanga is a Hispanicized termof the word “samboangan”, a Sinama term for “mooring place”.

How Safe is Traveling in Zamboanga Sibugay?
Zamboanga Sibugay is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Zamboanga Sibugay the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The Zamboanga Sibugay province is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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