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Tabina is a 5th class municipality located on the southernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is about 63 kilometers away from Pagadian City, the province’s capital. Its boundaries are the municipality of Dimataling on the north, the Celebes Sea on the south, the municipality of Pitogo on the west, and another body of water, Illana Bay, on the east. Tabina can be reached via land through a provincial road passing through five municipalities so those who are thinking of going to Tabina should prepare for a long journey through rural places. The municipality has a land area of 8,690 hectares and these are distributed to the municipality’s current 15 regular and de-facto barangays. As of the 2000 census, Tabina has a total population of 21,882 people in 4,017 households.

Historically, the earliest settlers of Tabina were the Subanens who have settled in the different parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula. They are followed by the Muslims, and then the Christians. The name itself has many different origins, open to interpretation. One states that it comes from the inhabitants’ expression of “tabi-una”, a polite expression meaning “excuse me”.  Another points out to the inhabitants’ characteristic expression of being talkative which, in the local tongue, is being “tabi-an”. Meanwhile, the Muslim immigrants were said to be attracted by the abundance of local seashells known as “binga” in their native tongue. It also happened to be called “ubina”. The Christians who happened to pass by Tabina inquired about the name of the place and, always hearing “bina”, modified it to “Tabina” and the name has stuck ever since.

Most of Tabina is characterized as having steep mountains and undulating hills. The majority of the barangays tower to about 50 to 200 feet above sea level. There are no coastal plains or valleys in the municipality; the coasts themselves run down to shores and high cliffs.

There are several tourist attractions in Tabina as well. There’s the Tambunan Beach and Marine Sanctuary, the Barangay Malim and Marine Sanctuary, Talisay Beach, and the Pod-ok Mangrove Boardwalk.


18 Responses to “Tabina”

  1. Joel Tinae on August 18th, 2009 10:25 pm

    i have been in one of the barangay in Tabina. what a beautiful nature to see thatmakes your mine cold as an ice.

  2. Tin Villagracia on September 4th, 2009 3:08 am

    I love the shot. 🙂

  3. henry on January 22nd, 2010 4:21 am

    waw! that greats! the historical of the tabenions or tabina is meaningful/ that will be encouriging to the tourist among this provinces and the national and international. that the tabina is the one great places of Zamboanga Peninsula. thanks a lot those people who make this website………………………i misz tabina …….the moments that will happened befored……………see u…………

  4. phima quiao on May 10th, 2010 9:46 am

    i am so proud that i belong in this place

  5. phima quiao on May 10th, 2010 9:52 am

    my mother was born here..and every summer vacation Tabina is our first choice for the summer destination.. Why i like to vacation here-is because in Tabina particularly at Pangalaran, i experienced peace of mind..and i found that the people here are very easy and to go with…

  6. dodz maano on February 15th, 2011 4:41 am

    i love tabina !

  7. joel on February 25th, 2011 1:03 am

    i have been in one of the brgy. in Tabina. what a wonderful place to live!

  8. Sally on May 17th, 2011 12:15 pm

    I am Tabinian born, Since , I left in Tabina only the transportation a boat or Lantsa no Electricity no Road. I visit 1995 improvement in Tabina more better but need more improvement.

  9. anchari clay chua rebuyon on May 28th, 2011 4:26 am

    it’s my hometown…

  10. dondon maglangit on July 2nd, 2011 2:08 am

    Tabina is a nature place where you can really experience full of enjoyment in your life,…

  11. Reden "bong" Quieta on November 1st, 2011 3:07 am

    …tabina is a very nice place to live…a retirement place.

  12. McJim™ on March 9th, 2012 11:34 pm

    Dedicated for Tabinians… a CMS Website for our beloved “Municipality of Tabina” is underdevelopment… soon to publish… JC Maata

  13. ermac on March 11th, 2012 8:22 pm


  14. ermac on March 11th, 2012 8:24 pm

    i want to go with this place…………..i want a vacation @ Tabina…..

  15. rhea on May 14th, 2012 8:42 pm

    yea i agree much that tabina is one of the niciest place in zamboanga del sur… i want have an exploretion in that plce someday…!!!!!!!!!!

  16. jkayleigh on September 21st, 2012 9:07 pm

    tabina hey,pangisda among panginabuhi,panginabuhi mao among bahandi,bahandi gasa sa Kahitas-an Kinaiyahan anga nga bantayan.AHA..

  17. seucqaj on September 21st, 2012 9:09 pm

    hahaha.proud to be tabinians.

  18. marjon Madiog on January 7th, 2013 3:05 am

    been to tambuna beach last dec. 27 and dec. 30 2012. very nice place. 🙂 be back this coming dec.

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