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Mahayag is located on the northern part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is classified as a 3rd-class municipality, with a population of 42,462 people in 8,026 households, according to the 2000 census. Geographically, it’s coordinates are 7 degrees 31′ 1″ North and 123 degrees 19′ 39″ East.

The name Mahayag comes from the Visayan word “hayag” which means “glowing” or “glare”. Essentially, the whole word means “that which glares or glows”. The place was originally a sitio of a barangay, which also happened to be called Mahayag. At that time, the place was still unfamiliar forested area, especially during the post-war era. It was under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Molave, then called Campo 7, which also became a municipality itself in 1949; by this time, barrio Mahayag became known as Barangay Lourmah. However, the early settlers of the area lobbied for the creation of another municipality as they wanted to pursue further development, which can only be achieved by having another political subdivision that is quite apart from their current municipality of Molave. The creation of another municipality would also mean an establishment of its own identity. Finally, in order to make this wish a reality, two residents, Zacarias dela Torre and Pedro Alquizar, decided to donate a portion of their respective properties, which now is the town’s present site.

On March 9, 1960, the municipality of Mahayag was officially created, as per Executive Order No. 393 by President Carlos P. Garcia. Its first appointed municipal mayor was Saturnino Mendoza.

Mahayag currently has 29 barangays under it, as well as three sitios. Education-wise, there is at least one elementary school per barangay. The municipality also has three high schools — one private and two public — with the private one being run by the Catholic church, as is mostly the case with private schools in the Philippines.

Mahayag also has several tourist destinations for those who want to see what northern Mindanao has to offer. For the most part, Mahayag is part of the Salug Valley, a place most newcomers love going to. The municipal hall is also a frequent place for people to go to, as it overlooks the whole town; it contains the park, the Women’s Center, and the municipality’s first-ever radio station. Private resorts, swimming pools, and hot springs can also be found in Mahayag, making it a good site for adventurous spirits.


18 Responses to “Mahayag”

  1. Dumingag : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 10:11 pm

    […] the municipality of Sergio Osmeña, Sr. of Zamboanga del Norte in the north, the municipality of Mahayag in the east, the municipalities of Sominot and Midsalip in the south, and the municipality of […]

  2. Björn Wetterberg on May 23rd, 2009 1:15 am

    I love your country and have plans to be a citizen in these parts.Of cource there is very good arguments from all sides,only one nature.
    I have one wish…..Could you pls build necesery concrete walls down by the rivers so the farmers fields never will be flooded,perhaps u can use some of it for a power plant,when crops drown and the animals too…..the comunity colapse….we have the greenhouse effect to thank all of this..and it will not getting better,save the nature with all the farms and hope,so there will not be any hungry children,thank you,see you, bye bye.BW

  3. Cherry Galvan on October 20th, 2009 8:56 pm

    hi, how do we get to your place, by plane or by boat?
    i’m from manila.

  4. Pro-mines on December 20th, 2010 3:14 am

    Promote mineral development too… Mahayag (Guripan) has been proven to have vast mineral reserves..Why not look for a competent and responsible mining investors….(Not those technical and financially strapped Company..because they can’t address environmental protections program) Try to visit Canatuan, Siocon ZDN or in Tampakan, South Cotabato. These host community development is very impressive because of assistance from the company … mining is the only option to create jobs and community assistance…. even habal-habal drivers and store sari-sari store owners and small vegetable farmers would benefits due to the influx of workers….

  5. engr. Irene Cantona - Atacador on August 29th, 2011 4:06 am

    ganda naman…

  6. Engr. Irene Cantona - Atacador on August 29th, 2011 4:07 am

    bakit wala ang cold spring???heheh

  7. john on February 6th, 2012 4:45 am

    i wish to stay but money is the issue

  8. michael cruz on March 30th, 2012 1:03 am

    Murag nindot unta muanha dha..Naa koy mga kaila dha sa Mahayag, ZDS. Mga boutan sila..Siguro mao pod na ang mga tawo dha…Hope makaanha ko diha puhon, bisita sa akong mga migo. Pwde man daw agi sa Ozamis by plane /boat or sa Pagadian by plane gikan dri Cebu..Mga 1 hour ra daw gkan anang mga syudara padung Mahayag…Puhon-Puhon!!! Hinaut pa..

  9. lhen on July 2nd, 2012 4:45 am

    help lng po s lht ng mga tg-zamboanga..pa2no po kya me mk-conect s municipality of mahayag, tungkol po ito s birth certificate ng sis in law me ala po xa kontak khit isa nya kmg-ank jn s lugar nla 22 years n po xa d2 s lucena kailngan lng po nya mkuha ang birth cert nya or mgp-late regs po xa..pra s mga taong concern po..slmt po…

  10. lhen on July 2nd, 2012 4:47 am

    help lng po s lht ng mga tg-zamboanga..pa2no po kya me mk-conect s municipality of mahayag, tungkol po ito s birth certificate ng sis in law me ala po xa kontak khit isa nya kmg-ank jn s lugar nla 22 years n po xa d2 s lucena kailngan lng po nya mkuha ang birth cert nya or mgp-late regs po xa..pra s mga taong concern po..slmt po…TG-BRGY. kaangayan,mahayag city po xa jan.

  11. Cherry Huet on November 5th, 2012 8:17 pm

    Hi! pls. I need to contact the MSWDO or Mayor’s Office. Can you give me the contact information? Thanks so much. This is official business by the way.

  12. Nancy Bartolay on April 23rd, 2013 3:36 am

    Hi ? can i have the contact info of MAHAYAG MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL please?


  13. adele on January 4th, 2014 7:58 pm

    Mining for Mahayg, Guripan, again…no…noooo… history tells, of the White Rock, mAustralian Mining industry left a big damage to the land area no vegetation grows.. it is all toxic left there.. It will spend million of dollars to clean up, thus, it is left unattended and many nearby areas, are lifeless..

  14. adele on August 13th, 2014 9:49 pm

    Why the landline telephone is not yet available in Mahayag? frustrating when you call using the digital telephone… which is not as good as landline I supposed..

  15. adele on August 13th, 2014 9:51 pm

    will you please provide a complete info about the newly build hospital in Mahayag? tel., email and location.. many thanks..

  16. Shaira Claire Pol on September 22nd, 2014 1:50 am

    Mahayag Is a nice Municiplity oraganize .But Some of the barangay has the gubut ug daghan Drug addict.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Christel Mae Hernando on September 23rd, 2014 1:15 am

    Wow !!Mahayag is one of my Favorite Place in Zamboanga del Sur..I like to swimming in thier pool..^_^

  18. raquel ong miranda on June 1st, 2015 10:07 pm

    i’ve been here , it’s really a very nice place

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