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Tukuran is a municipality located in the eastern part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is categorized as a 4th class municipality with a population of 33,747 people in 6,760 households as of 2000. Geographically, its coordinates are 7 degrees, 51’5″ north and 123 degrees, 34’32” east.

Culturally, Tukuran was the stopping or passing point of many merchants because of its location on the trade route. Merchants of different tribes regularly pass by the area, carrying with them their wares. These merchants usually come from the nearby provinces, most specifically, Zamboanga City and Southern Mindanao, as well as the places of Lanao and the Misamis region. When the Spaniards came, they tried to control the trade route, building the famous Fort Militar that overlooks Tukuran and the northern part of Illana Bay, as well as the so-called Spanish Trocha that connects Tukuran directly the regions of Lanao and Misamis. It came to be known as the Trocha de Tukuran.

Close to the end of the century, the Muslims, under the leadership of Sultan Amay Untad Paduma, founded a settlement in Tukuran. They claimed to have come from the Iranon tribe. Since their number was large, they decided to divide themselves and settle in the neighboring sitios. Sulatan Paduma’s descendants succeeded him in ruling the group.

The first wave of Christian settlers followed a few years later, led by Felix Ocampo. They hailed from far up north, in Manila. They chose to settle in the shores of Tukuran. They were later followed by the settlers from Pangasinan together with their families and farming equipments, and called Tukuran their new home.

Before Tukuran became a municipality, it was a part of the municipality of Labangan, until November 29, 1958 when President Carlos P. Garcia, under the recommendation of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincian Board headed by Governor Bienvenido Ebarle, signed Executive Order No. 323 making Tukuran a municipality. The first municipal mayor appointed to head the municipality was Mayor Filomeno C. Villamero, with Sultan Mamadra Panduma as the vice mayor.


26 Responses to “Tukuran”

  1. Labangan : Zamboanga del Sur on March 20th, 2009 5:01 pm

    […] Zamboanga del Sur, bounded on the west by Pagadian City, on the northeast by the municipalities of Tukuran and Midsalip, and on the south by Illana Bay. There are two version about how Labanagan got its […]

  2. Prince FMCJ on October 27th, 2009 2:56 am

    “Close to the end of the century, the Muslims, under the leadership of Sultan Amay Untad Panduma, founded a settlement in Tukuran. They claimed to have come from the Iranun tribe. Since their number was large, they decided to divide themselves and settle in the neighboring sitios. Sultan Panduma’s descendants succeeded him in ruling the group.”

    this is correct spelling…

  3. honey yanez on April 28th, 2010 12:29 pm

    i am so happy to see the Tukuran on the web. God bless and i do hope that there will be a very peaceful time during the election. Kumusta na mo diha.

  4. jesus c. pancho on September 11th, 2010 3:29 pm

    during my childhood we use to swim the shores of tukuran and enjoy the taste of their sweet pajo mangoes along the road to the highway, and also enjoy the
    beating of the neighboorhood children as we use to pick their mangoes without their knowledge..he he he

  5. victor on December 12th, 2010 2:37 am

    it looks great place i hope one day i will visited..with love from here USA
    i will go and find me a gf n more

  6. maria antoniette toledo mendoza on January 14th, 2011 7:09 am

    i’m looking forward to visit tukuran this year and see my childhood friends. I really hope we can have our reunion ( Tukuran Central elem School batch ’80)this year.i remember how we used to play in the old tennis court near the rural health office where my father served as the municipal physician. we also used to bring our lunch and eat inside the movie house ( i forgot the name), go to the beach every weekend, and eat fresh seafood. looking forward to be there and reminisce old memories.

  7. Florence on January 17th, 2011 2:24 am

    I am proud to be Tukuranon.I do missed alot the place.I could still remember this pic where we stop when we had biking going to Pagadian.. theirs no other place like home (TUKURAN)

  8. benjie mutia on January 22nd, 2011 7:57 am

    maayong adlaw kaninyong tanan dinha sa tukuran labina sa mga taga baclay..i really miss this place so much..i hope i can visit next time when i go back home…ang among pamilya nagpuyo mi sa baclay,sawmill as what they used to call this place way back in 70s,i can recall those days nga moadto mis tukuran kay motagbo sa kobkob ni tiyo takoy kay nakajackpot,and my father used to work at tiyo takoys kobkob,i had fun waiting sa daplin sa baybayon next to the merkado,siguro kato pa tong daan nga merkado to see papas smiling face with his hands full of fish some are alive ! and then we will proceed to the bakery to buy pan de mamon my favorite and my siblings too…and our last stop was the estrellas pharmacy i dont know of naa pa ba ni kay mobayad sa utang….dayon uli sa baclay …i hope one of this days i can go back and thanks personally to the people that we owed,and also to meet my classmates,friends,neighbors ug mga kaparintihan nga sa dugay ng panahon wala na nako sila makita…i know nga wala na ang uban mipahulay na ug ang uban milangyaw ug laing dapit nanimpalad sama namo,bisan sa kadugay na nga panahon nga wala ta magkita para nako ug sa among pamilya wala mi makalimot ninyo kay parte mo sa among kinabuhi…memories will prevail gyud…DAGHANG SALAMAT KANINYONG TANAN …and looking forward to see you all…

  9. benjie mutia on January 22nd, 2011 10:48 am

    CALLING ALL BACLAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GRADUATES BATCH 1977 if your still around pls email me benjiemutia123@yahoo.com so that we can meet each other or probably we can set a date for a grand reunion….im so thankful nga napadpad ko ani nga website kay dugay na gyud ni nakong gihandom nga lugar….daghan kaayong salamat TUKURAN GOD BLESS AND MORE POWER…

  10. Maria Helen R, Alino on May 26th, 2011 1:45 am

    Thjis is the place where i enjoyed my childhood days…..lots of memorable experiences here…..Am back again….

  11. BONFIRE on June 4th, 2011 3:15 am

    I MISS THAT PLACe…. sobra……….

  12. ngakspo on June 22nd, 2011 8:25 am

    all municipal vice mayor’s must be placed also

  13. roger ovillo on July 5th, 2011 6:35 pm

    dugay nako wa kaulig tukuran kumuzta na diha ninyong tanan.

  14. Abdul E. Macari on October 1st, 2011 3:46 am

    balik tang tanan sa tukuran.unta naa pud improvement sa tukuran para mas exciting ang pag uli sa tukuran…

  15. Elbert Aringo on December 14th, 2011 4:49 am


  16. Luisito "chito" Sayson Villamero on February 10th, 2012 10:06 pm

    i can still remember those old days…….with lots of fun friends, relatives and family.
    looking at the photos especially the beaches wow! more improvements i know tukuran will someday be one of the tourist destinations..tnx to mayor django

  17. NUNOY on February 11th, 2012 8:25 am


  18. NUNOY on February 11th, 2012 8:25 am
  19. NUNOY on February 11th, 2012 8:26 am

    ADD ME PLS…joz_atis

  20. emelda manlangit on February 23rd, 2012 8:26 am

    helo sa inyo .ako c emelda manlangit. among balay naa dool sa ka dodong tingson nga loti. gepuy an ne billy ug eling nuique. regards na lang sa taga tukuran.

  21. Merry Mhae Polinar on March 28th, 2012 12:15 am

    Hello Tukuranians now pajud q ka open aning website sa Tukuran ay. . .maka proud ayo nga naa ta website din maka Touch ayo ang message ni sir Benjie Mutia same jud ta sir kami pod mo tagbo pod me sa ako papa sa baybayon dayon lipay ayo me nga naa bit2x isda dala amo papa.

  22. Ellen on May 5th, 2012 8:00 am

    Ask ko lang sana kung how can I find our long lost relatives in Navalan, Tukuran. If there’s somebody from Navalan, pls. help me find the people I am looking for- my email add : ellen_dlpena@yahoo.com. Thanks

  23. jerome jabillo on July 9th, 2012 5:51 am

    taking adventurous moments at militar ……….greet lang ko sa taga 2tukuran.heheheh

  24. shiela may agnes on September 13th, 2012 1:44 am

    i miss tukuran so much hope to go in my hometown soon……. godbless us ll tukuranon

  25. shiela may agnes on September 13th, 2012 1:54 am

    im also proud that i belong to this place……tukuran is the best place for me i cant wait to go back there…..i miss all my friends and my relatives there especially my brothers and sister….LUV YOU SO MUCH TUKURAN…..

  26. matthews co on October 28th, 2012 9:58 am

    maka abot ko sa tukuran perteng la yu a

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