Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur

Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur
—  Municipality  —
Coordinates: 7°38′21.12″N 123°18′20.88″E / 7.6392°N 123.3058°E / 7.6392; 123.3058Coordinates: 7°38′21.12″N 123°18′20.88″E / 7.6392°N 123.3058°E / 7.6392; 123.3058
Country Philippines
Province Zamboanga del Sur
Founded June 17, 1950
Population (2000)
 - Total 31,570

Dinas is a 4th class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 31,570 people in 6,033 households.


Dinas has historically been known as the bulwark of anti-Hispanic colonization in the entire Baganian Peninsula of Zamboanga del Sur. According to ancient history which has been accepted and advocated by the scions of Sultan Kudarat, a descendant of the renowned Shariff Kabungsuan of Maguindanao was that the name Dinas was taken from a Maguindanao term Di Nas where “Di” means “Not” and “Nas” means “Bad Luck or Unlucky”. Hence, the early settlers who migrated from the province of Cotabato found their new haven as not unlucky or “Di Nas” because the mouths of all rivers emptying into the coastlines are facing East which according to their ancient belief is a sign of good luck. Today nearly the half of the population are Maguindanaon Muslims.


Dinas is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.

  • Bacawan
  • Benuatan
  • Beray
  • Don Jose
  • Dongos
  • East Migpulao
  • Guinicolalay
  • Ignacio Garrata (New Mirapao)
  • Kinacap
  • Legarda 1
  • Legarda 2
  • Legarda 3
  • Lower Dimaya
  • Lucoban
  • Ludiong
  • Nangka
  • Nian
  • Old Mirapao
  • Pisa-an
  • Poblacion
  • Proper Dimaya
  • Sagacad
  • Sambulawan
  • San Isidro
  • Songayan
  • Sumpotan
  • Tarakan
  • Upper Dimaya
  • Upper Sibul
  • West Migpulao

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