Located at the southwestern tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region, Zamboanga City
is the gateway not only to the Region 9 but also to the provinces of Basilan, Sulu,
and Tawi-Tawi which all belong to the Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao.
It has a total land area of 1,414.7 square kilometer, the third largest in the Philippines
after Davao City and Puerto Princesa City. Its land area is larger than
many provinces including the island province of Basilan and more than twice the size of
Metro Manila or Singapore! Colorful Vintas are its trademark. They are used as sails especially during festivals and other special occasions.
In terms of population, Zamboanga City is the largest in Region 9 and the third largest in the Philippines
outside Metro Manila (see comparison). Only the cities of Davao and Cebu
are larger. Dubbed as Asia's Latin City, people of la ciudad de
Zamboanga are mostly Chavacano-speakers. Chavacano is a mixture of Spanish and some Visayan dialects. Some of the notable cultural
groups are the Tausugs, Yakans, Badjaos, Samas, and Subanens who have their own native tongues. Most of People are Roman
Catholics. Some are protestants while others are Moslems.
The city celebrates the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in October. It features colorful street dancing, sports competition, and
cultural presentations as well as beauty pageant.
Shopping and Leisure
- Shopper's Plaza
- Midtown Plaza mall
- Mindpro Citimall
- Zamboanga Golf and Sports Complex
The city, with its chavacano-speaking labor force, is an ideal place for business process outsourcing that
caters to spanish-speaking customers. With many institutions for higher learning, potential for information technology is
great. The city can put up an economic zone and sponsor trainings for web development, e-commerce, animation, graphic
design, and software development.
Another area with enormous potential for development is the cutflower industry. After all, Zamboanga City
is known as a city of flowers. Being typhoon-free, the city and its environs can produce enough volumes of exotic flowers
and orchids for export. Rubber processing, too, is an area where the city has a distinct advantage - it is close to the many rubber
plantations within Zamboanga Peninsula.
Tourism is underdeveloped. There is a need to market the city as a safe place for visitors.
Places of Interest / Tourist Attractions in Zamboanga City
- Halal foods for export
- seaweed processing - nearby Sulu and Tawi-Tawi are known seedweed producing provinces
- Oleochemical products
- Consumer goods such as processed foods, apparel
- jewelry especially pearls
- Fort Pilar - built in 1635, this old fort enshrines the image of the Nuestra Senora del Pilar, the patron saint
of the city. A branch of the National Museum has been opened here.
- San Ramon Penal Farm - built during the Spanish times
- Rio Hondo and Taluksangay villages where ethnic houses are built on stilts
- Climaco Freedom Park - gravesite of the slain mayor
- Pasonanca Park where you can find a treehouse
- Lantaka Hotel - contains a centuries-old lantaka or Spanish Cannon in its terrace
- Justice R. T. Lim Boulevard - a seaside street where one can view beautiful sunsets and enjoy nearby resorts
- Sta. Cruz Island - has a good beach
- Yakan Weaving Village
- Plaza Pershing
- Zamboanga City Cathedral
Zamboanga City Downtown (photo credits to zamboanga.net)
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