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Dinas is a municipality that is situated within the middle of the Baganian Peninsula. It is classified as a 4th class municipality, with a population of 31,570 people across 6,033 households, according to a census done on the town on 2000. The whole area is generally characterized by moderately rolling terrain to steep mountains; the municipality proper itself is located on a hilly area. Dinas is bounded on the north by San Pablo, on the south by Dimataling and Margosatubig, on the east by Malubog Bay, and on the west by San Miguel and Lapuyan. It is 39.6 kilometers away from the province’s capital. Dinas has been the cradle of Islamic culture and civilization in the province and the bulwark of anti-Hispanic sentiments and colonization in the entire peninsula of Zamboanga del Sur.

Before Dinas became a municipality, it was initially a district under the municipality of Margosatubig. It was later annexed to Pagadian City until World War II broke out in 1941. When the war ended, Dinas became a barrio of the city until it became part of Dimataling when it became a municipality on June 17, 1950. Five months after, it separated from Dimataling and on November 9, 1950, by virtue of Executive Order No. 362, the municipality of Dinas was formally created. In the beginning, it was composed of 12 barrios. Now, it is composed of 30 barangays. Originally, its land area was 36,090 hectares but when the barrios of San Pablo and San Miguel separated, the area was slashed down by 16,000 hectares.

There have been several theories as to how Dinas got its name. According to ancient history, however, the name was taken from the Maguindanao term Di Nas, meaning “Not Unlucky”. This is reportedly due to the fact that the mouths of all rivers that empty into the coastlines face east which, according to the ancient beliefs of the Maguindanaoans, is a sign of good luck. Nearly half of Dina’s population today are Maguindanaoan Muslims.


14 Responses to “Dinas”

  1. San Miguel : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 9:56 pm

    […] Dao-an Rivers. San Miguel was originally a sitio of one of the barangays of the municipality of Dinas. Based from historical records, the original settlers in the area were the Subanens. At the second […]

  2. jie on October 17th, 2009 7:46 pm

    proud to be dinasian!

  3. settie norhpa pala on February 6th, 2011 2:28 am

    ahmmm same here. . tga dinas jud ko. . hehe

  4. quinn on February 25th, 2011 4:54 am

    i’m proud to be called a product and a son of dinas, zamboanga del sur….i’m proud to be DINASIANS!

  5. Nor Ayn on May 2nd, 2011 11:21 pm

    It is good to include brief information on economic characters of the area.

  6. lilibeth ubpon on June 6th, 2011 7:39 pm

    i proud to be a dinasian…..i was burn at that place its so very nice place…..

  7. jack nuneza on July 17th, 2011 10:55 pm

    i miss dinas.mabuhay ang tagam dinas

  8. Guipos Rice Field | Municipality of Guipos on July 26th, 2011 12:25 pm

    […] municipality of Dumalinao, while on the west can be found San Miguel. South is the municipality of Dinas while on the southeast, one can find the municipality of San Pablo. Guipos is a rural municipality, […]

  9. sammy on September 7th, 2011 11:11 am

    love this fact…………..

  10. jun on September 24th, 2011 7:01 am

    long live dinas!!!and zamboanga del sur ….proud to be dinasians!!!

  11. ryan on March 22nd, 2012 9:02 pm


  12. rowena novela on May 26th, 2012 8:20 am

    ask lang po sa mga taga dinas..sino po ang school principal ng dinas elementary school.at ano po ang complete address school na yan?any reply po kasi very important lang.. sana po matulungan nyo ako..tnx

  13. bashirahmed on August 7th, 2012 1:07 am

    yes im u country vias yes no very very good country

  14. nina on September 12th, 2012 11:11 am

    im also from dinas…i realy love DINAS………we proud…..our beautiful place,,right?

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