San Miguel

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San Miguel is a 4th class municipality located in the center of the Baganian Peninsula. Although the whole area is characterized by moderately rolling hills and steep mountain terrains, the municipality itself is situated on a plateau some 210 meters above sea level. San Miguel has a population of 15,259 people in the 2000 census, although based on the economic potential of the municipality, that number may increase to the high 18,000s by 2009’s end. The municipality is subdivided into 18 barangays. There are a couple of big rivers as well as several creeks running through the municipality that serve as avenues for drainage. The more popular of these are Limonan and 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 decade of the twentieth century, the Christians followed. At that time, Miguel Ocapan, one of the settlers, managed to acquire a big patch of agricultural land. He and his family became friends with the Subanens, and he was able to inculcate in them the Christian faith. Eventually, he became their leader and the town was named after him, after it has become big enough to be recognized by the municipality of Dinas.

Finally, on July 14, 1960, barely three years after it became a barangay, San Miguel acquired its municipality status after President Carlo P. Garcia signed Executive Order No. 400, turning the barangay into a full-fledged municipality. Hon. Proculo P. Ocapan served as the first municipal mayor on September 1, 1960.

San Miguel is located some 33 kilometers south from Pagadian City, the province’s capital. Its boundaries are the municipality of Guipos on the north, Lapuyan on the west, Dimataling on the southeast, and San Pablo on the northwest. Interestingly, unlike most of the municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, there are no original Muslim ethnic group in San Miguel. The Muslims in the area are all new Islam converts.


10 Responses to “San Miguel”

  1. eyca on August 24th, 2009 2:12 am

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  2. rasol e.loquias on October 25th, 2009 1:55 am

    finally,ilang tulog na lang im coming home,san miguel.

  3. Margosatubig : Zamboanga del Sur on December 8th, 2010 8:09 pm

    […] north, the Moro Gulf overlooking the Celebes Sea on the south, the municipalities of Dimataling and San Miguel on the east, and Dumanquillas Bay on the west. The municipality has a total area of 11,169 […]

  4. dodz maano on February 15th, 2011 4:55 am

    sure mo nga san miguel ning naa sa picture?

  5. Guipos Rice Field | Municipality of Guipos on July 26th, 2011 7:05 am

    […] The east side is mostly bounded by the 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 […]

  6. ALWIN MATTHEW O. AMPO on November 18th, 2011 10:37 am

    SAN MIGUEL has a lot to offer. .i just stayed there for a year and i fell in love with the beauty of the place and the people..check out mt. manoy and lake dasay and also enjoy the peaceful ambience it has to offer. .See you soon san miguel. . FEBRUARY(FOODTRIPPING) is the month of their fiesta and september is the month for the ARAW NG SAN MIGUEL (DISCO)^_^

  7. janete cabatas on June 11th, 2012 12:39 am

    i love San Miguel Zambo. Sur, i have of memories there….. I was born in Betinan

  8. janete cabatas on June 11th, 2012 12:46 am

    I LOve San Miguel Zambo.Sur,I have a lot of memories there. I was bornin betinan and live for 15 years.

  9. Mae on September 12th, 2012 10:07 pm

    ay hindi naman yan SM nasa picture parang pagadian port yan. iwan ko lang f meron yan sa lake dasay… basta walang dagat sa SM.

  10. Mae on September 12th, 2012 10:17 pm

    Taga SM kc ako hindi ko nakita ang nasa picture na yan, sana lake dasay ang nilagay dyan ang ganda ng place. Palitan nyo naman admin.

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