Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte

Nickname(s): Peanut Capital of Zamboanga del Norte

Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Liloy highlighted

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 08°07′N 122°40′E / 8.117°N 122.667°E / 8.117; 122.667Coordinates: 08°07′N 122°40′E / 8.117°N 122.667°E / 8.117; 122.667
Country Philippines
Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Zamboanga del Norte
District 3rd district of Zamboanga del Norte
Founded August 22, 1951
Barangays 37
  Mayor Felixberto Bolando
  Total 128.43 km2 (49.59 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
  Total 39,812±0
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7115
Dialing code 65
Income class 3rd class

Liloy is a third class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,812±0 people.[3] It is mainly an agricultural community with an economy that relies mostly on crop production such as corn, rice, coconuts, peanuts, and root crops. It is known as the "Peanut Capital of ZaNorte".


Liloy's total area is 12,843 hectares (31,740 acres),[2] 78% of which is an agricultural land planted with coconuts, corn, rice, root crops and some rubber trees. According to the records of the Municipal Assessor’s office, 22% of the municipality's territory comprise the residential area which is sixty-five (65); commercial, nine (9); industrial, in Barangay Timan and Sta. Cruz, ten (10); institutional land, fifty (50); public school sites(?); and wharf, eight hundred sixty (860) hectares. There are also open areas for road right of way of public highways and roads traversing in the different barangays of the municipality.

It lies on the north-western side of the Zamboanga peninsula, bounded in the north by the Sulu Sea; south, the municipality of Tampilisan; east, the municipality of Salug; and west, the municipality of Labason.[4]


There are two distinct seasons, the dry and the rainy. Usually, the rainy season starts from the month of June and ends in December while the dry season occurs in the months of January to May. Typhoon comes rarely in this area because it is not within the typhoon belt.[4]


Liloy is politically subdivided into 37 barangays.[2] The sitios of Silucap, Bacong, Libertad, Balacan, Tampilisan, Cabangkalan, Tambalang, and Kayoc were elevated into barrios in 1955.[5]

  • Banigan
  • Baybay (poblacion)
  • Cabangcalan
  • Canaan
  • Candelaria
  • Causwagan
  • Communal
  • Compra
  • Dela Paz
  • El Paraiso
  • Fatima
  • Ganase
  • Goaw
  • Goin
  • Kayok
  • La Libertad (Mawal)
  • Lamao
  • Mabuhay
  • Maigang
  • Malila
  • Mauswagon
  • New Bethlehem
  • Overview
  • Panabang
  • Patawag
  • Punta
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Miguel
  • San Roque
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santo Niño
  • Silucap
  • Tapican
  • Timan
  • Villa Calixto Sudiacal
  • Villa M. Tejero


Liloy was once a barrio or barangay of the Municipality of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. By virtue of Executive Order No. 469 issued by President Elpidio Quirino on August 22, 1951, it became an independent municipal corporation, although the municipal officials were not yet organized. The municipality was inaugurated on December 16 of the same year.

Liloy subsequently lost large portions of its territory when the separate municipalities of Salug and Tampilisan were created in 1959 and 1978 respectively.[4]


Population census of Liloy
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 29,275    
1995 32,417+1.93%
2000 33,702+0.84%
2007 36,948+1.28%
2010 39,015+2.00%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Indigenous people/tribal community: Subanon[4]


Major Religion: Percentage
Roman Catholic 87.28%
Islam 2.00%
Iglesia ni Cristo 1.06%
Seventh Day Adventist 0.66%
Jehovah's Witness 0.07%
Aglipay 1.00%
UCCP 2.15%
Others 5.02%
Not Stated 0.76%


Liloy Booth at Hudyaka Zanorte Festival

Liloy's Alay Festival was once a private-funded festival by the Tan family in Brgy. Fatima to honor Nuestra Señora Birhen de Regla. At present, it is one of the most celebrated festivals in the town. The Local Government Officials contribute and show support financially and morally for the said activity.[6]

The Araw ng Liloy starts on the 22nd day of August every year. Also known as Linggo ng Liloy, the celebration is held for a week. It is highlighted by a Beauty Pageant to select the Mutya ng Liloy


Tourism is centered on its growing developments along the beaches in the Barangays of Patawag, Banigan, Sta. Cruz, Timan, and Punta, catering to white sand beaches and corals. Barangay Baybay, the seat of trade and commerce in the town, has also rapidly boomed in trade, industry, education and commerce.

The under-construction two-floor market with an escalator will be the first in the province.

Local government

Liloy is governed by a mayor, a vice-mayor and eight councilors. Each official is elected publicly to a three-year term. The chief of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation are also among the members of the municipal council.

Felixberto Bolando is the current mayor of the municipality. His vice mayor, Alfred U. Chan will be serving his last term as the town's vice mayor.[1]

Municipal Hall

The Municipal Hall is a two-story Batangas-type building built in the late 1950s; repaired in 1987. A one-story annex municipal building was constructed in 1965 and later, repaired in 1990.


Bus terminal of Liloy

Liloy can be reached from the capital city of Dipolog by overland transportation via the National Highway. The highway is parallel to the coast with a distance of 132 kilometres (82 mi). From Liloy to Zamboanga City at the very tip of the peninsula is 184 kilometres (114 mi).[4]

Bus terminals for land transportation are situated at down and uptown area (Brgy. Fatima).

Liloy Airport

Liloy Airport is an airport serving the general area of Liloy. It is classified as a feeder airport by the Air Transportation Office, and under the jurisdiction of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

It is one of the three domestic airports in the province, located in Barangay Comunal. It was first developed in 1950 under the administration of Mayor Aquilino Bomediano Sr. The first O.I.C of Liloy Airport was Tony Macias, a Filipino-American citizen.

Between the years 1960 to 1970, three twelve-seater PAL planes served their flights to domestic destinations like Dipolog, Cebu and Davao. Its usable runway length is 600 metres (2,000 ft) with a total of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft).

Current O.I.C of Liloy Airport is Edwardo Toledo. Private and government charter planes and choppers usually land at the airport.[7]

Liloy Seaport

Central view of the port

This port is currently managed under the Philippine Ports of Authority(PPA). Which classified as a trade gateway from other countries/regions. There is a large space which is currently occupied by a Taiwanese businessman with mechanical equipments used mainly for mining.[8]



Liloy-I District

  • Liloy CS
  • Banigan ES
  • Causwagan ES
  • Compra ES
  • Communal ES
  • El Paraiso ES
  • Gayam ES
  • Goaw ES
  • Goin ES
  • Malila ES
  • Patawag ES
  • Punta ES
  • San Francisco ES
  • San Miguel ES
  • Silucap ES
  • Tapican

Liloy-II District

  • Baybay CS
  • Cabangcalan ES
  • Canaan PS
  • Candelaria ES
  • Kayok ES
  • Lamao ES
  • Libertad ES
  • Mauswagon ES
  • Overview ES
  • Panabang ES
  • San Isidro ES
  • San Roque ES
  • Sto. Niño PS
  • Timan ES
  • Villa C. Sudiacal ES

High School

At present, there are 2 public institution for high school students.

Liloy National High School- is a public institution of learning for high school students in the Liloy town and the neighboring towns like Salug, Tampilisan and some neighboring barangays in Labason. Its primary goal is to provide quality instruction to pursue the goals of Secondary Education as a link to tertiary level.

Lisun Institute now Philippine Advent College-Liloy Campus

Lisun Institute- is a private institute located in the heart of the Barangay Fatima, near the Fatima Public Market. It also offers some College courses which was founded in the 1960s.

Compra National High School- is a public institution of learning for high school students and a former extension campus of the Liloy NHS located at barangay Compra, a southern part of the municipality along the National Highway. It caters students from its neighboring feeder elementary schools located in the municipalities of Liloy, Tampilisan and Kalawit.

Liloy Immanuel School- is a private school in Liloy founded by CAMACOP.[9]


Ave Maria College- is the first and so far the only Catholic tertiary school in the town.


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