Zesty Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City is a highly urbanized city located in Mindanao, Philippines. It has a population of 861,799 people as of the 2015 census census. Zamboanga City is the 6th most populous and 3rd largest city by land area in the Philippines. It is the commercial and industrial center of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region.It is an independent city, chartered and highly urbanized city, and not part of or was never part in any of the three provinces in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Zamboanga City used to be known as Jambangan in the Subanen language and was the center of the Subanen culture during the pre-Hispanic times. After independence from Spain in May 1899, Zamboanga became the Republic of Zamboanga with Zamboangueño Chavacano as its official language and Spanish as its co-official language. After American intervention, the republic was incorporated into the Philippines and became the capital of the Moro Province, now Mindanao, from 1903 to 1913.

On October 12, 1936, Zamboanga City became a chartered city under Commonwealth Act No. 39. It was inaugurated on February 26, 1937, which was declared a local holiday. Known for Hispanic influences in its culture, it bears the nickname “Asia’s Latin City”.

For more of Zamboanga City, click here!

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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:

FORT PILAR 

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is a 17th-century military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial c                government in Zamboanga City

WHERE TO EAT:

MANO-MANO NA GREENFIELD RESTAURANT

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HACIENDA DE PALMERAS HOTEL AND RESTAURANT

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The Palmeras Restaurant serves a lot of delightful dishes, but its famous Knickerbocker– similar to our native halo-halo but instead of beans, sweet potatoes, and other traditional halo-halo ingredients with ice, they used an assortment of fruits instead like melon, banana, ripe mango, watermelon, (sometimes avocado, when in season), milk and topped with a scoop of strawberry ice cream is A MUST-TRY. Definitely go back to Zambo just for this? WHY NOT?

For directions on how to get to Zamboanga City and complete itinerary and Budget, feel free to email me at drithexplorer@gmail.com.

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