Considered as the backdoor to Zamboanga Peninsula Region, Pagadian City is
located on the southeastern coast of Zamboanga del Sur. It is bounded on the north by the
town of Midsalip, on the east by Labangan town, on the south by Dapusilan Bay of Moro Gulf, and on the west by
Dumalinao town. It has an area of 378.8 square kilometers, most of which are rural areas. Terrain is
mostly hilly and mountainous with some narrow river valleys.
Most of the people are migrants from the Visayan provinces of Cebu and Bohol.
Other residents came from Panay and Luzon islands. Although Cebuano and Tagalog are the major dialects, English is widely used. Majority are
Christians, of which Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion.
The city celebrates the Zambulawan Festival on the 3rd week of January in honor of Sto. Nino (Baby Jesus).
It features street dncing, fluvial parade, carnival shows, sports competition, and beauty pageants.
Being the capital and commercial hub of Zamboanga del Sur, Pagadian City has a bright economic prospect.
The following businesses can thrive in the city:
- Cold storage facilities especially for the fishing industry
- Seaweed growing and processing
- Cut flower and ornamental plants
- Rubber processing
- Halal foods for export
- Oleochemical products
- Furniture making
- Consumer goods such as processed foods, apparel, personal care and household chemicals
- jewelry especially pearls
Places of Interest / Tourist Attractions in Pagadian City
- Pulacan Falls
- Bomba, Muricay, and Poloyagan Beaches
- Lourdes and Manga Falls
- Mount Susong Dalaga
- Dao Dao Island
- Kendis and Manga Caves
- Pinokis Mountain
- Lisong Valley
- Puting Balas Beach
- Provincial Capitol
- San Jose Parish Church
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