The Kolibugan resulted from the intermingling of the indigenous Subanon populations with the Muslim populations in the coastal areas of Zamboanga. The population is concentrated along the western side of the provinces of both northern (6,495) and southern Zamboanga (3,270), and a national count of over 11,000. The concentrations are in Siocon (2,040), Sirawai (1,960), and Sibuco (1,520) (NSO 1980). The total population count is estimated at 32,227 (NM 1994).

       The generalized culture is lowland central Philippines focused on wet rice cultivation, and some localized swidden cultivation. Adaptation to the arine environment is made, but mostly in terms of domestic fishing.

Distribution of Ethnic Groups by Provinces
(Arrangement: Population count)
Total National Population 17,287
+ 14,940
32,227
Aurora 62
Bataan 10
Benguet 22
Bukidnon 9
Cebu 10
Isabela 9
Kalinga-Apayao 47
Laguna 11
N. Ecija 79
Pangasinan 11
Quezon 10
Quirino 9
Zambales 10
Zamboanga N. 10
(NM 1994:14950)
Zamboanga S. 16948
(NM 1992:9800)
Manila 10
Makati 10
Quezon City 10