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Molave is one of the oldest municipalities of the province of Zamboanga del Sur. It is located on the northernmost eastern part of the province, under the first district. Zamboanga del Norte lies directly on its north. It is bounded on the east by both the municipalities of Josefina and Tambulig, on the west by Mahayag, and on the south by Ramon Magsaysay. Molave is classified as a 2nd class municipality with a population of 48,215 people as of August 1, 2007. Currently, the municipality has 25 barangays comprising it. Molave is some 37.94 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Pagadian City.

Molave was formerly called Salug in 1940s, and it used to be a town of mud and fallen trees. Nevertheless, it was a verdant and fertile land, and these were what attracted the first settlers of the area, the Subanens. The other ethnic groups followed shortly after, some even coming from as far as Luzon and Visayas. Eventually, the place was renamed Molave because of the abundance of the molave hardwood tree in the place in the early years.

The municipality of Molave was finally created on June 16, 1948 when Republic Act No. 286 was passed. It was authored by Congressman Juan S. Alano. The Act was later amended on June 14, 1949, when Republic Act 377 was passed, which established Molave’s present location, its boundaries, and the limits of its territories.

Today, Molave stands as the hub of commerce and trade in the eastern part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is progressing towards becoming the most progressive municipality of the province, with its partial urban stature doing much for its booming industry.


22 Responses to “Molave”

  1. Mahayag : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 10:23 pm

    […] 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 […]

  2. Gad on October 1st, 2009 8:33 pm

    I’d been doing history research on what my grandfather did when he was mayor of Molave, Zamboangga del-sur. Are you familiar with the name of Mr. Paciano Guillen? If so, do you have any information of him? thank you very much and have a blessed day!

  3. alex on August 20th, 2010 2:05 am

    the picture here posted is not molave but it reminds me that this picture is somewhere in mountain province. molave is a first class municipality and still enjoying a booming economy…….

  4. sara on December 27th, 2010 3:43 am

    hello im looking for my grandma’s place its somewhere in molave but i really know which part of the province. her name is paulina comendador is it ring the bell?

  5. Rex on January 3rd, 2011 6:38 pm

    I personally knew former mayor Paciano Guillen coz he was a family friend when my father former v-mayor Ireneo Glepa now Mayor of Molave was his v-mayor then. He was a good man, loved by Molaveans.

  6. Ivan on January 18th, 2011 3:58 am

    Those were the dark days of Molave during Guillen’s time. Molave attained its height during Saniel’s term. Look now, only few months Glepa’s term, Robbery is prevalent. Solve these issues: Robbery, extortion and family intervention in your father’s administration.

  7. Shina on February 17th, 2011 8:23 am

    Molave, is a memorable Place for me, my Wedding held at Saint Vencent Ferrer Church Molave ZDS. And My weeding Reception at RJYM Pension House, Molave ZDS. your Church is very nice looks so lovely…but My parents address is Ramon Magsaysay, ZDS. i love also Molave Town… unforgetable place. our weeding Preist Father Junji Edullantes.

  8. Shina on February 17th, 2011 8:24 am

    And now we stay here in Doha, Qatar with my hubby.

  9. Ojie on February 17th, 2011 9:54 am

    My mom come from Molave. They were among the first families who settled in that place, or so I was told. 🙂

  10. ace vergel ayuda on April 30th, 2011 2:01 am

    i miss my place……………………………… friends and my cousin

  11. mags on May 10th, 2011 11:56 pm

    a great place, especially eriberta – a perfect hideaway!

  12. mags on May 10th, 2011 11:59 pm

    hope i can visit this place again.

  13. chandran das singh on June 20th, 2011 6:39 pm

    i hope you can give the detailed map of molave, ny friends and i are interested to visit your place.

  14. kit on August 10th, 2011 6:43 pm

    I am trying to locate a long lost relative named, Cesar Ebol of Zamboanga. Please help if you have any information.

  15. arjunbuddy on October 2nd, 2011 7:45 pm

    ang molave bibo nga lugar sa pagkakaron talandogon ang kahimtang sa kalinaw ug kahusay. unsaon man ang mga kasong patay walay sulbad sulbad. Mga pulis usa sa mga utok. kabalo ba kaha c sir palermo ani no?

  16. diana on May 16th, 2012 2:13 am

    ang molave is one of the best succesful place in zamboanga del sur this place is filled of good people

  17. dennis dano on May 31st, 2012 5:25 am

    14 years,isa bisis na ako nakauwi sa molave,malaki na pinagbago nito hindi ko na matandaan,i hope by next year i be home soon…

  18. rey on August 29th, 2012 7:41 am

    molave still progressing…leadership is not good full of corruption especially during saniel’s terms…improving is own eriberta mountain resort with town’s materials inspite of eribertas location outside molave…what a shame..jun saniel…announcing on his radio station nga dili sya corrupt..look whose taking…jun saniel…

  19. maria on August 31st, 2012 10:51 am

    i really love the municipality of molave, i’ve been living there, right after my mariage, but my husband and i decided to move to my city, after several years. someday i will back in molave and stay there for good. hopefully soon…

  20. Ralph on September 6th, 2012 1:09 am

    I love molave because this is the place i born……wow ganda ng molave lalo nah eriberta spring resort…

  21. hermon on September 8th, 2012 1:39 am

    the molave is certified as the wonderful zamboanga del sur..lalo na sa eriberta spring na lagi ko pinupuntahn during holiday like christmast..???at sa molave rin ako nakatira sa bogo capalaran …

  22. john on October 12th, 2012 10:32 am

    wow! gimingaw koh sa molave..lahi ra jud maski pa asa ta maabot:-)

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