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Aurora is classified as a third-class municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. It was discovered sometime in 1927 by sixteen Cebuano pioneers, although it wasn’t officially created until the 22nd of August, 1942, under Executive Order No. 353. The town got its name from the first lady of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, Doa Aurora Aragon Quezon.

Since the town was established during wartime, there is little information about the first set of officials that ran the municipality after its inception. Whatever information was on hand, however, point to an American mestizo by the name of Col. Luis Morgan as the one who established the first government of Aurora. This government was semi-military in nature and Col. Morgan appointed Anselmo Romanillos as the mayor.

After the war, in 1946, President Manuel L. Quezon appointed Alejandro Ceniza as the municipal mayor until he officially ran for the position and won on January 1948. He was succeeded by Guillerme Ontal, who held the office until 1959, when Ceniza ran again and won. His running mate, Jose Lim Tecson, had to take over the position when Ceniza unexpectedly died in 1962. Ceniza’s younger brother, Antolin, decided to pick up where his brother left off and ran for candidacy in 1962, which the young doctor won. Both Tecson and Ceniza would meet numerous times in the political arena until a new face in the person of Enrique Cabahug emerged in 1988. He would later be re-elected multiple times until the present.

The municipality is reputed to be the number one producer of professionals in the province; it is said that it is rare when a family does not have at least one professional in it. With 8,329 households as of the 2000 census, this is a big claim indeed. When it comes to natural attractions, Aurora boasts of the Aurora Mountain Resort, located in Anonang, one of the municipaliy’s 44 barangays. The resort has two swimming pool amenities that are perfect for family outings and it affords anyone a good view of the place.


53 Responses to “Aurora”

  1. Neo on April 19th, 2010 11:55 pm

    Rotonda’s, roads, Adventure site, tourist spots, resorts, ty..

  2. virgel lloyd cabisada on May 14th, 2010 1:22 am

    aurora is a beautiful place in whole ZDS many plant trees in forest!!!!!………………………………..mavuuuuuuhhhhhaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy…………..

  3. sarah on June 22nd, 2010 4:05 am

    what is the famous in the aurora……?

  4. Florante More on August 16th, 2010 4:00 am

    I’m intrigue with this Col. Luis Morgan. What happened to him after the war? He seemed got lost out of the scene.

  5. Ern Cabrera on August 28th, 2010 2:08 am

    I am going to retire soon and I am looking for a place to retire in Zamboanga Del Sur. This place is suit me for my retirement. Is there any business I can put up in this Place (Aurora)

  6. jesus c. pancho on September 11th, 2010 2:49 pm

    my father was a member of its earliest settlers, way back 1931 with all 5 of us children, born, educated and enjoy our childhood, having a house near the center of the town. It is a nice place, cool and beautifull like the people around. a
    good place to stay after retirement..eating kinilaw, drinking tuba and the likes, playing mahjong with friends and especially sabong ..hope to see you soon aurora as I am 67 years old now and about to retire…

  7. trasher on January 26th, 2011 8:34 pm

    my memories and my treasure are left behind in aurora..

  8. trasher on January 26th, 2011 8:39 pm

    samot na naa duol sa uccp..secod house from uccp facing treasure are there..

  9. gin.domeng on January 30th, 2011 8:47 pm

    Hi guys i need a favor, can i have the contact numbers or email address for San Isidro Labrador Parish. Thanks.

  10. alfredo dento on October 11th, 2011 8:31 am

    aurora was formerly a logging concession of misamis lumber & electric company. it was a forrestal land before . hardwood premium trees like molave, yakal, ipil, narra,acacia etc. abound in the area. such trees were so huge that it could not even be hugged by five persons. such trees were cut & logged by mlec & such logs were pulled by tugboat from lintugop. before & after it was deforested by logging many settlers from mandaue, cebu applied for homestead, free patents, sales patents for the land. roughly 90 per cent of the present day inhabitants could trace their ancestral roots from mandaue cebu family names like ceniza senas cabahug briones sanchez zanoria cortes ouano etc. most of the family names are exact replicas of mandaue family names. in the olden days during the may fiesta of mandaue, aurora residents would religiously go to mandaue without fail to have clan reunions and to eat the unique delicasees of mandaue ; bodbod cabug (from dawa sesame seed, parakeet lovebird feeds), bingka mixed with tuba, penato, tagactac, mangoes,etc. aurora was named in honor of the wife of pres. manuel l. quezon. the settlers planted corn, upland rice, coconuts, vegetable, fruits, etc. some of the cornlands and ricelands of aurora collapsed (lusno) during the 1955 earthquake, and are now swampland & fishponds. aurora is a boundary municipality. based on the revised administrative code the real boundary of the old undivided zamboanga province versus the old undivided lanao province is in barrio (now barangay) dongoan, where the old spanish trocha (boundary marker ) lies. later on a lanao politician ordered his men to alter the boundary marks & moved it to anonang because he didn’t want his lands to be under the jurisdiction of zamboanga. aurora is in a plateau. because it is now deforested there is a great danger that a great disaster will strike the lowland barangays through soil erosion. landslide, flashfloods if there is continuous rain due to climate change. so there is a need for the lgu officials to have reforestation projects of hardwood premium trees if not banyan trees to effectively hold the soil in romarate, anonang, taguitic, margos. lapinig, dongoan, etc. before deaths would strike to inhabitants & travellers. by the way there are many beautiful women from aurora, descendants of cebu from rajah humabon, reina juana & prince Tupaz & Spanish conquistadores Barbosa,Legazpi & their men.

  11. alfredo dento on October 11th, 2011 9:10 am

    and of course the additional delicasees/ native foods of mandaue : mahareal from grinded peanuts, binuylos doughnuts, mandaue candies of different flavors wrap in japanese paper. and outside mandaue: titays rosquillos & shamrock otap.

  12. alfredo dento on October 11th, 2011 10:01 am

    by the way mandaue cebu natives also attempted to establish a settlement in koronadal valley cotabato (later named Marbel) , then again renamed back to its old name koronadal. the pioneering settlers there were the sebastian, ceniza, senas, cabahug, etc. but it was not as successful as the aurora settlement. many of the settlers suffered great difficulties : some died of malaria, others killed by indigenous peoples of the bilaan ethnic group resentful of their lands being encroached. those faint hearthed went back to mandaue. those who remained become landed and improve their lives economically. later generations intermarried with the other settlers : the ilocanos & the ilonggos. they applied for homesteads, free patents, sales patents. they cleared the lands thru kaingin & planted crops.

  13. christy mae dasok on October 22nd, 2011 3:03 am

    i love my place….it was so nice

  14. Monching on October 24th, 2011 9:27 pm

    I’m trying to contact our cousin, Junior Cabahug as we are planning on visiting Aurora soon. I was born in Aurora and would like to show my children by birthplace. My sister Daisy visited him last year but did not get his email address. Please forward my message and email address to Junior so that we can communicate directly. Thank you.

  15. Ivy on October 28th, 2011 1:45 am

    Wow mr. Dento, seems like ypu know a lot of our land history. Ypu could have been a great help to us during the time when we’re trying to create an extensive history of aurora. Sad to say, we werent able to finish it, that was during my highschool years in CBI (now APMC). Unfortunately that project wasnt resumed, and nobody continued it. We lacked the time to do it, could not fill in the empty spaces of the history, thus left it unfinished. Sayang, it started late na. I come from one of the family descendants you’ve mentioned, and i was born and raised in that small town at the top of the hill. Hahaha i remember how my lola would prepare for the feasting in mandaue, she and lolo always go there with few apo’s with them, visiting our greatgrands. So nice of you sir to leave that helpful comment. 🙂 more power to you. God bless aurora! 😉

  16. JP on November 3rd, 2011 7:33 am

    Aurora is my home, the place where my heart belong… Auroranians go go go…

  17. josie on January 2nd, 2012 10:10 pm

    what is the number of the local civil registrar in aurora, zambaonga del sur?
    need it asap!

  18. leode on January 3rd, 2012 8:44 am

    Aurora General Hospital, the only hospital in Aurora will be close soon, middle of 2012 by the Provincial Government. If this will come true it would be very sad for the people of Aurora and nearby towns. Please help save our only hospital.

  19. lizlei on February 13th, 2012 2:11 am

    according to the Mayor, nothing’s official yet. hopefully it won’t be pursued… let’s support saving AGH!

  20. mario on February 23rd, 2012 12:22 am

    the aurora general hospital has served so many people. not just in aurora but also in nearby towns..but why are they closing it?

  21. merilyn on March 5th, 2012 10:35 pm

    As a child, I remember that Aurora General Hospital was one of the very few hospitals in Zamboanga Sur and the nearby provinces. Patients came as far as Bayog and Margos sa Tubig. Staff names I could remember include Vicente Tecson, Mr. Guangco, Dr. Daisy Musni, and I forgot the rest. The hospital site, near the Central School, the munisipyo and Cebuano Barracks Institute, was very windy during summer. Pine trees surrounded the Doctors’ Quarters. It will be a waste and very sad to close an institution that had seen through a lot through the years.

  22. merilyn on March 5th, 2012 10:39 pm

    I remember that Mr. Salvador Tecson was said to have written a book about Aurora, and the town’s pioneers. My descendants were one of the migrants from Mandaue, Cebu. Can anybody complete the list? Some of the family names included Perez, Ceniza, Cabatingan, Cabusas, Pepito . . . . unsa pa gani tong uban?

  23. SUyen on May 17th, 2012 8:43 am

    I would like to ask if there is someone who could give me the names of the pioneering people in Aurora

  24. thonyboy dagatan on May 22nd, 2012 10:12 pm

    wayback,,,1977, i am studying at (CBI) my teachers name are….mrs.pinto,and miss. sudaria,, the principal was mr. mayol? ohhhh ive missed my classmates…many more..i lived in kalye no return..known as”waling waling st..hehehehh regards guys…wherever you guys now….god bless

  25. DanE on May 31st, 2012 11:36 pm

    When you drop by Aurora, Zamboanga del sur, don’t fail to see the beauty of nature, its in WonderLand, place in Romarati…..

  26. ruben on August 26th, 2012 4:24 am

    nakaka miss ang aurora zds. I lived for 14 years in Purok Calubi. Hi to all my classmates in Alegria Elementary school. Maam Villegas, thank u very much. The Auman, Concha, Armodia, Romanillos, Paciencia and Regidor families were my kababatas and playmates before. To Dr. and Dra. Auman Family salamat kaayo. Diha ko magdula dula sa ila balay before sa wala pa sila mo transfer sa poblacion.

  27. ruben on August 26th, 2012 4:34 am

    Boter family was also nice to us. diha mi maligo sa ila tabay ug sag-ob ug tubig walay bayad. hehe. their children were also my playmates before. Regards to awing ang amador.

  28. Eugene on September 5th, 2012 9:47 am

    I miss my birthplace. Also during my Elementary days I studied at Santiago Ceniza Ementary School. On my high school days I graduated from CBI During my high school days we walked 4-5KM from our home going to the school since during our time only limited secondary schools unlike today that there are lots of secondary schools on this town. Also students want to pursue college education are not anymore hindrances on going to college since there are school offering college education unlike before that you will going to Pagadian, Ozamis or mostly the students will go to Cebu to continue College Education. I want to visit my birthplace and feel the beauty of the nature.

  29. thea on November 6th, 2012 6:37 pm

    i miss my hometown Aurora…..dugay na jud ko wala ka visit…… i missed Santa Teresita Academy… 🙂

  30. marlene tan on November 9th, 2012 5:13 am

    pila ka oras gaha ang byeha from zamboanga to aurora zambo.del sur?

  31. crizzy on March 10th, 2013 9:59 am

    im proud to be anauroranian

  32. kevin on July 15th, 2013 5:00 am

    i love you aurora!!! Tga dyan mga idol kuh.. G5 idol!!

  33. WYLYN on October 12th, 2013 10:14 pm

    aurora is a wonderful place

  34. Long Perez on November 7th, 2013 8:01 am

    I bumped into this site just now while researching on Ozamiz City. Aurora brings back fond memories. I was a Unilab detailman back in the 60s and I used to visit the doctors at the Aurora General Hospital. Used to sleep in the doctors’ quarters – drank a lot Tanduay rum with them, too! I remember Dr. Antolin Ceniza had a sign stuck on a tree in front of his house that read: “Probres Park.” I was in my early 20s then. Now I am pushing 70. Damn, those were good times.

  35. emily Quimbo on November 26th, 2013 5:51 am

    There are many activities now in aurora because of the incoming Araw,,, so come

  36. eldred puno on January 31st, 2014 11:03 pm

    So many family names mentioned as the original settlers or founders of aurora. but nary the name of their team leader. So is the street named after him. Gone. But then he is always my/our(relatives’) “Hero”. Was our apolitical “Team Leader” subjected to Aurora-politics?

  37. evangeline on May 2nd, 2014 5:16 am

    looking forward to visit my town aurora I’m originally from Anonang and now i heard so many thing changes when my husband retired we looking back there to live and set up a small business for living.

  38. mr. troll on November 24th, 2014 5:31 pm

    This place sucks. It needs more pussy and sex

  39. Vilma on January 26th, 2015 3:36 am

    I’ve noticed that Aurora Zamboanga del Sur, grow up and many establishments there.Thank you so much for the improvement. I am lumad in Mahayahay, Aurora Zamboanga del Sur.

    And, now I am here in Toguegarao . May I ask a favor from the people of Aurora especially in the Civil Registrar’s Office to encode my birth certificate in the computer because I am unknown in the National Statistic Office here. I need it badly . The personnel here in the NSO Toguegarao advised me to email in your office to encode my data so that I can get my birth certificate here in Toguegarao.

    I am CESARIO RUPINTA NAZARENO JR. I was born June 15, 1970.

    Thank you so much.

  40. Vilma on January 26th, 2015 3:38 am

    I am very proud of Aurora Zamboanga del Sur. Mabuhay Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.

  41. Vilma on January 26th, 2015 3:39 am

    There is already a beach in Anonang Zamboanga del Sur. A very nice…. and a very cold water there in Anonang beach resort.

  42. Vilma on January 26th, 2015 3:45 am

    I graduated my elementary at Santiago Cenize Memorial Elementary School. My Grade I teacher is Mam Ceniza, Grade 2-Mam Mayol, Grade 3 Mam Alfanta, Grade 4 Mam Viagedor, Grade 5 ,Sir Tayurang, Mam Tayurang and Grade 6- Mam Flores. Thank you so much mga Ma’ams, I really missed you.

  43. Vilma on January 26th, 2015 3:49 am

    Just email me, if its already encoded in the computer.
    email me at

  44. Aibie Cabatingan Cruda on May 24th, 2015 10:37 pm

    can you please help me get a number of the Aurora Municipal treasurer for me to contact them where or whom should i address my money order for me to continue process my birth certificate, i was born at San Jose Aurora Zamboanga Del Sur, and I grow up here in cebu, i am already 30 now but i just found out the wrong entry of my birth certificate.. for those who knew the contact number or any detail that could help on my concern please feel free to contact me at this number 0975-3735-051. Thank you so much. GOD BLESS AURORA.. and i am proud that i was born to this peaceful town..

  45. trully auroranianz on June 19th, 2015 9:15 am

    Is Aurora still a third class municipality as of 2015?

  46. trully auroranianz on June 19th, 2015 9:26 am

    ohh ive just read it from another website, Aurora was already a 2nd class municipality in 2010, from then till now, many establisments and businesses have grown on this town and still growing, i bet this town will be a first class municipality by the next two years. —-note: after a couple of years from this date, i will visit this website and will give justice on my bet.

  47. Donbato on October 16th, 2015 5:39 am

    Lets wait for PSA’s Census of Population result as this is one of the criteria in classifying LGUs into first class to 6th class. Hope all were counted in.

  48. Donbato on October 16th, 2015 6:21 am

    Did some research on how vast our mother Aurora’s land area before. Try to look at the changes.

    In August 22, 1942 Aurora was created under Executive Order No. 353.

    Then, Molave (formerly Salug) was created from Aurora under Republic Act No. 286 on June 16, 1948.

    In February 13, 1957 thru Executive Order Number 239. Ramon Magsaysay (formerly called Liargao) was carved out from Aurora.

    Before the end of 1957 on December 27, 1927 specifically thru Executive Order No. 282, Tambulig was extracted from the mother municipalities of Aurora and Molave and of Executive Order No. 283 Dumingag became a municipality carved out from Molave.

    Mahayag was later created in March 9, 1960 from 20 barrios from Molave and 3 Barrios from Dumingag and Midsalip was created in September 9, 1964 from 21 barrios of Ramon Magsaysay and 3 Barrios of Dumingag.

    By virtue of Presidential Decree No. 60, Sominot (i like to call it So-mino-ot to give credit to its original inhabitants) municipalities of Dumingag, Mahayag, Midsalip, Ramon Magsaysay, and Tukuran, on March 27, 1980.

    You can see how vast our motherland Aurora was that give birth her daughter and granddaughter municipalities. I will try not to forget this, that “Aurora-before” was 95% of the current Zamboanga del sur’s first congressional district.

  49. Marilyn on February 28th, 2016 1:36 pm

    Can somebody help me to donate to San Isaidro Parish Church.I need a contact phone number for Rev. Father Crisencio Suarin.

  50. press on August 23rd, 2016 10:06 pm

    who can tell me about zamboanga del sur provincial government college? when it was founded and what courses offered there

  51. Boy D on November 22nd, 2016 12:06 am

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  52. buang ka cerilles on February 1st, 2017 1:16 am

    second class man gud ang aurora..bogoa sad sa admin aneh ui…obsolete kau ug info..aurora is a real great place….ruined by cerilles and the whole zamboanga del sur

  53. markyourway on February 20th, 2017 4:21 am

    Please bring back Aurora General Hospital. Someone in the higher position in the Municipality should write an appeal letter to President Duterte. Maybe we could have it back again. Aurora has an estimated 70-80 thousand people not mentioning the neighboring towns. When I was doing my RNheals 2012-2013 assigned in a very remote area in Midsalip. Native people will chose to do self medicate and used primitive type of procedures whenever they got ill. A pregnant woman forced to deliver her twins in her house using the sterilised bamboo to cut the umbilical cords and applied charcoals to site. Unfortunately, she lost the other one because of complications. The family said if only they can go to Aurora Hospital…. 🙁

    Kani man gud nga Opaw nga Cerilles bwesit!

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