San Pablo

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San Pablo is another coastal municipality of Zamboanga del Sur, located southeastern part of the province. It is a 4th class municipality, with a population that more or less totals to about 23,450 people, according to census data in the year 2000. The whole municipality has a household total of 4,739. The town’s boundaries are the municipality of Dumalinao on the north, the municipality of Guipos on the west, the municipality of Dinas on the south, and Illana Bay on the east. San Pablo’s total land area is 149.9 square kilometers. This is divided to the 29 barangays that currently make up the municipality.

Historically, the town was formerly part of the municipality of Dinas, which is located directly to the south. The Subanens, the ethnic group who were its earliest settlers, used to call the place “Malbog” in honor of the their local chieftain then. The chieftain, in turn, was named after a river. As was the case back in the early times when several ethnic groups from the other parts of the island migrated to the province, the Muslims came after the Subanens. it was them who later renamed the area “Malubog” which, in Maguindanao dialect, means “turbid or unclear water”. Finally, when the Christians settled in as well, headed by Cesario Lafable, Bonifacio Mamawe, and Pedro Deleverio. It was them who scrapped the old names given by the Subanens and the Muslims and instead, used a wholly Christian name: San Pablo after the biblical apostle, St. Paul.

San Pablo finally acquired its municipality status on September 17, 1957 following the passing of Exective Order No. 268, as issued by then President Carlos P. Garcia. The first appointed municipal mayor was Hon. Pastor Catli. Currently, the municipality is being led by Mayor Belman Santos.

The topography of San Pablo can be classified as moderately rolling and sloping in many directions. The land gently slopes from the west to the eastern portions, with the coastal area being linked by mangroves. Most of the livelihood revolves around fishing and farming, with the latter concentrating on corns, coconut, and rice.


6 Responses to “San Pablo”

  1. Dinas : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 10:21 pm

    […] 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 […]

  2. Katherine Pantoja - Holschuh on December 6th, 2009 8:46 am

    Dear Everyone,

    I just would like to say kumusta na sa lahat ng mga taga San Pablo. I was born in San Palo and I was the eldest daughter of Mr. Pedro Pantoja – former Principal of Sanit Andrews Academy and Mrs. Socorro C. Pantoja former Teacher of San Pablo Central elementary School. I really missed San Pablo na talaga, it’s been 15 years that I haven’t visited the place. Right now, Im living in Manchester, UK with my family. Regards na lang to everyone. My family, relatives and friends.

    Missing you all,


  3. MERILYN on July 12th, 2011 11:08 pm

    taga d2 ka pala sa pablo pareho pala tau

  4. MERILYN on July 12th, 2011 11:11 pm

    hi..2 every one i just to say kumzta sa lahat na kakilala k sa taga san pablo…..i realy2x miz u mahal ko yung place natin im a daughter of sannie minoza and vivian ragodos minoza..taga pantad po..aku…bye2x i love u all,,alma matter ku yung san pablo national high school,,,

  5. aldren bragat on August 27th, 2012 8:54 pm

    i would like to share my impression to the San Pablohanons that i am proud to them because of the hospitality of everyone and also the hospitable sorroundings

  6. delan on August 28th, 2012 2:55 am

    San Pablo Municipal
    gusto unta naku mahibaw-an kung asa og kanus-a pwede mag pa clarify sa akong birth certificate kung kinsa admin or to whom it may concern. sa municipal registrar salamat

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