Filed under Municipalities

Located in the eastern part of the central Zamboanga Peninsula, the municipality of Lakewood is bounded by seven municipalities: Midsalip and Siayan on the north, Kumalarang and Lapuyan on the south, Pagadian City and Tigbao on the east, and Bayog on the west. It is classified as a 4th class municipality, with a population of about 16,317 people as of the 2000 census, distributed among 3,122 households. From Pagadian City, it is about 42 kilometers away along the Zamboanga City – Pagadian City highway. Geographically, it is 7 degrees, 49′ 60″ north and 123 degrees, 9′ 0″ south.

Lakewoods’ original inhabitants were the Subanens who originally hailed from the banks of Lake Lanao, somewhere in the Dansalan. Proof of this is the fact that even now, the Maranaos from Lake Lanao still has some Subanen words in their dialect. When the Islamic missionaries came to Lanao, the Maranaos who were also living there readily accepted the faith but the Subanens did not. This eventually resulted in enmity between the two ethnicities, which ended with the Maranaos killing the Subanens and taking their women and children as wives and slaves. The Subanens finally decided to move westward to what is now known as Misamis Occidental. From there, they moved south towards the Zamboanga Peninsula, where they came upon a big body of water they called “Danao Guiyawan”, which literally means “Lake of the Woods”. The Subanens eventually settled in the place, since food was abundant in the area.

When Gen. Leonard Wood, the governor of the Moro Province in 1904, ordered Capt. Cornelius Smith to explore the inner territories of Mindanao starting from Iligan to Misamis, they stumbled upon the lake, which the natives called “Danao”. Capt. Smith renamed it “Lake Leonard Wood”, which eventually became “Lakewood.”

Lakewood finally gained its municipality status on November 11, 1977, under Presidential Decree No. 1236. It was initially carved out of the municipality of Lapuyan and the seat of government is located in Barangay Lakewood. Currently, it has 14 barangays distributed across the whole 201.30 square kilometers of area that the municipality has, which accounts to about 4.79% of the total area of the province. The largest and most populated barangay is Barangay Tubod, and the most popular fishes of the province — the carpa and the porang — can only be found Lakewood’s famous lake.


24 Responses to “Lakewood”

  1. Lapuyan : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 4:37 pm

    […] second district. It is partly a coastal town, but is still bounded by municipalities, with Lakewood on the north, Margosatubig on the south, San Miguel on the east, and Kumalarang on the west. […]

  2. Bayog : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 10:06 pm

    […] Siayan, and Bacungan — all municipalities of Zamboange del Norte. On the east, it’s Lakewood, and on the south, it’s by Kumalarang, Buug, and Diplahan. The west is already Zamboanga […]

  3. Kumalarang : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 10:14 pm

    […] is classified as a 4th class municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. It is bounded by Lakewood on the north, by Lapuyan on the east, on the south by Dumanquillas Bay, and Buug on the west, which […]

  4. venusjoy veradio on September 13th, 2009 9:59 pm

    we have already featured this municipality in our school publication specifically governor’s spot(lakeview)..really beautiful,wow.the accomodation was very well then..thanks.

  5. Wally/bing on October 18th, 2009 12:08 pm

    wow.nice job. im one of the subanen from lake wood. im proud to be a now in europe working..

  6. Maridel on November 7th, 2009 3:08 pm

    Lakewood is rich with culture and traditions! Love the people so much!! And the Lake is it’s epitome!

  7. Ped Quiamjot on August 22nd, 2010 5:22 am

    We are exploring development of Lakewood into a regional tourism destination.

  8. Pagadian City Geography : Zamboanga del Sur on December 8th, 2010 8:02 pm

    […] (or 378.80 square kilometers). It is bounded by the municipalities of Midsalip on the north, Lakewood on the west, Labangan on the northwest and east, and in the southwest, Dumalinao and Tigbao. Illana […]

  9. mafe on December 13th, 2010 5:09 am

    just wanted to know if my long lost friend lived in Gatub, Lakewood is still alive??? his name is Jemson Dologuin. Im hoping he’s still alive and still kicking…

  10. liza on February 9th, 2011 6:53 am

    i know that lakewood is a peaceful and beautiful place to live in, i hope people in lakewood is hospitable and honest but unfortunately i encountered a certain edelyn p. laluna who cheated me manloloko, magnanakaw , just wanted to know someone there can help me find her, address is 23 ugong st. lakewood zamboanga del sur,

  11. glai on February 9th, 2011 8:28 am

    hope to see lakewood

  12. perceval on April 23rd, 2011 6:56 am

    my dream is to become mayor of Lakewood and make it a tourist attraction to the foreigner.(just kidding to become a mayor) Lakewood is beautiful place beacause of thier very own Lake.Without lake, Lakewood is nothing.

  13. jhoy on September 22nd, 2011 3:56 am

    oh…its a nice place huh..

  14. Nic on February 19th, 2012 4:54 am

    To the admin of this site, please change the title PHOTO because it did not relates to Lakewood ZDS. It only brings discouragement when someone visit the place because they expect a white beach, but there’s no really white beach. Thank you.

  15. avrilourdes on February 28th, 2012 11:26 pm so nice place to be spend ur spare time.. <3

  16. mags on April 25th, 2012 9:21 pm

    lakewood is a great place to in, specially this HOT SUMMER!

  17. Sampaguita Cortez on September 21st, 2012 5:13 pm

    Oh yes!! What is shown in the Photo with Palm Tree and white Sand is not correct. Lakewood is a lake without white sand. I hope the picture will be changed with the right one. The place, of course is worth seeing.

  18. Donald on June 13th, 2013 11:56 am

    Lakewood is promising tourist destinations in the country…

  19. Birger on April 1st, 2014 9:21 pm

    I been in Tubod, Lakewood 3 times. Tubod and Lakewood are nice place. I love the people. But there are snake in the paradise I was scammed of a lady there in Tubod. Now i like to find here x husband. Here name is Hermelina Sale Villanueva. Someone know about here husband from UK? They got married 2005 and separated 2006 i think. He is from UK.

  20. The Krammers Blog on October 27th, 2014 2:15 am

    A nice place To visit in Zamboanga del Sur

  21. Joycelyn Cato on April 8th, 2015 3:41 am

    Birger kindly email me at
    i will answer your question about Hermelina Sale Villanueva

  22. Joycelyn Cato on April 8th, 2015 3:44 am

    Birger me ASAP i will give you the address of Hermelina Sale Villanueva’s husband from UK

  23. jel on October 9th, 2015 7:02 am

    i just want to ask if my father Jemson Dologuin is still alive? hoping for your respond.

  24. noel sumaguio on January 24th, 2017 3:31 am

    hi there, i am making a history study on lakewood, may i know po if who is the first mayor of lakewood? thank you po.

Your comments