Isabela City

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City of Isabela
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Region Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)
Province Basilan
Mayor Luis R. Biel II
Barangays 45
Physical characteristics
Area 223.73 km²
Total (2000) 73,032
Density 326.4/km²

Isabela City is a 5th class city and the capital of the province of Basilan, Philippines. The city is located on the northern shore of Basilan. Across the Basilan Strait to the north is Zamboanga City. According to the 2000 census, Isabela City has a population of 73,032 people in 13,753 households.

While administratively, the island province of Basilan is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City itself is in not part of this region and is placed under the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Isabela City, like the rest of the province, has seen some of the fiercest fightings between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic separatist group.

The city was named in honor of Queen Isabella II of Spain

In 2001, the residents of Basilan Province opted to join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in a plebiscite. However, the citizens of the capital, Isabela, did not want to join so the city remained a part of this region with the as a result of Executive Order No. 36.

Through the administration of the late Mayor Luis Biel II, Isabela was regarded as the rising city of Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula.



Isabela City is politically subdivided into 45 barangays.

  • Aguada
  • Balatanay
  • Baluno
  • Begang
  • Binuangan
  • Busay
  • Cabunbata
  • Calvario
  • Carbon
  • Diki
  • Isabela Eastside (Pob.)
  • Isabela Proper (Pob.)
  • Dona Ramona T. Alano
  • Kapatagan Grande
  • Kaumpurnah Zone I
  • Kaumpurnah Zone II
  • Kaumpurnah Zone III
  • Kumalarang
  • La Piedad (Pob.)
  • Lampinigan
  • Lanote
  • Lukbuton
  • Lumbang
  • Makiri
  • Maligue (Lunot)
  • Marang-marang
  • Marketsite (Pob.)
  • Menzi
  • Panigayan
  • Panunsulan
  • Port Area (Pob.)
  • Riverside
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz (Pob.)
  • Seaside (Pob.)
  • Sumagdang
  • Sunrise Village (Pob.)
  • Tabiawan
  • Tabuk (Pob.)
  • Timpul
  • Kapayawan
  • Masula
  • Small Kapatagan
  • Tampalan

Business and Tourism

  • Jollibee Isabela, the first Manila-based food company, is the 500th Jollibee franchise opened in early 2005.
  • St. Elizabeth of Portugal Cathedral- the seat of the Isabela prelature
  • Provincial Capitol
  • Royal Issra Pension House- the cleanest and safest place to stay. Located at Logpond Street, Isabela City.
  • Sunrise Village Chapel
  • Kaumpurnah Mosque
  • Malamaui Beach Resort


There are 2 colleges and one state university in Isabela.

  • Claret College of Isabela
  • Basilan State University
  • JS Alano Memorial College of Midwifery


  • Basilan Shopping Center
  • Ever Shopping Center
  • YC Sales and Company

External links

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