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Zamboanga Sibugay
Island Group Mindanao
Region Zamboanga Peninsula
Capital Ipil
Area 3,607.75 km²
Cities 0
Municipalities 16
- Total 546,186
- Density/km² 151.39
Income class 2
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Zamboanga Sibugay

Zamboanga Sibugay is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. It is subdivided into 16 municipalities which are further divided into 389 barangays. The provincial capital is the municipality of Ipil. The province borders Zamboanga del Norte to the north, Zamboanga del Sur to the east and Zamboanga City to the southwest. To the south lies Sibuguey Bay in the Moro Gulf.

The province of Zamboanga Sibugay was created in 2001 and is the 79th province of the country. Though 8 years old, the province is not among the ten poorest provinces of the country. It ranks 29th among the provinces of the Philippines in terms of population and population density, with an annual population growth rate of 2.09%.

The major languages spoken in the province are Subanen, Cebuano, Ilonggo and Zamboangueño/Chavacano. Tagalog, Ilocano and other ethnic tongues are spoken as well.

The leading industries in Zamboanga Sibugay are in the areas of bakery, rice and corn milling, food processing, and rattan and wood furniture production. New industries include concrete products. Garments, wax and candle factory, and other cottage industries.

Major crops of the province include rice, corn, coconuts, rubber, fruit trees, vegetables, tobacco, coffee, cacao and root crops. Livestock and poultry productions are predominantly small-scale backyard operations. Coal mining is also present in some areas of the province.

Sibug-Sibug Festival is celebrated every February 26, the foundation day of the province. The festival is celebrated through a colorful ethnic street dancing with rituals illustrating good harvest, wedding and healing. During the festival, the province endorses its number one product which is oyster or talaba which has been known to be the biggest, juiciest and meatiest oysters in the country. Zamboanga Sibugay recently achieved a world record for the World’s Longest Talaba Grill with 5 to 12 inches long oysters as the main feature. Because of this, the province of Sibugay earned the title as the “Talaba Capital of the Philippines”.

Owing to its natural land form, the province of Zamboanga Sibugay is blessed with an impressive range of excellent tourist destinations like interesting mountain formations, picture-perfect waterfalls, caves in which dwell thousands of bats as well as stalactites, hot springs, white sand beaches, and fish and sea snake sanctuaries.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Zamboanga Sibugay are:

City/Municipality City class Area
in km²
Urbanisation Population
Total Density/km²
Ipil Municipality 241.60 1 partly urban 60,686 251.18
Titay Municipality 350.44 2 partly urban 43,723 124.77
Kabasalan Municipality 289.20 2 partly urban 40,169 138.90
Tungawan Municipality 473.28 2 partly urban 37,588 79.42
Naga Municipality 246.30 0 partly urban 37,349 151.64
Roseller Lim Municipality 300.00 3 partly urban 34,952 116.51
Buug Municipality 134.06 3 partly urban 34,289 255.77
Siay Municipality 313.66 2 partly urban 33,902 108.09
Alicia Municipality 183.08 3 partly urban 32,289 176.37
Mabuhay Municipality 82.85 0 partly urban 30,589 369.21

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