In Zamboanga, there are constant reminders of the
city's exotic past as a major East-West trading port. Zamboanga
remains a melting pot of cultures, with the colorful vinta sails
and the imposing stoneworks of Fort Pilar symbolizing the city's
Zamboanga is a shopper's paradise, where a vast array of imported
Asian wares compete for attention with local handicrafts such as
brassware, woodcarving and shell products.
Fort Pilar was built in 1635 by a Jesuit priest engineer and Spanish
authorities to ward off attacks from Moros and foreign invaders.
The fort was eventually converted to a shrine and miraculous powers
are attributed to the statue of Our Lady of the Pillar.
Plaza Pershing is a quaint remnant of a typical Spanish square,
renamed in honor of a former American Governor of the Moro Province.
Pettit Barracks was established by U.S. Occupation Forces in 1899
and named after its commanding officer. The major natural attraction
is Great Santa Cruz Island, which is known for its pinkish sand
beach. On the island is a fishing village, a lagoon and an old Muslim
Dapitan has been titled "The Shrine City of Western Mindanao,"
as national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent five years of exile in the
city. Tha major attraction is the Rizal Shrine, which is the original
estate purchased by Dr. Rizal during his years of exil from 1892
to 1896. It contains a number of structures, including the main
residence, two clinics, a schoolhouse, amphitheater and the Rizalania,
a modern building which houses a large collection of Rizal memorabilia.
Located in the City Plaza is a giant relief map of Mindanao, made
by Dr. Rizal as a teaching aid.
The best examples of Spanish era architecture are the Catholic
Rectory and St. James Church, also located at the City Plaza. Dapitan
Bay is a safe swimming beach and features sunsets said to be even
more beautiful than those of Manila, while Dakak Cove is an excellent
white sand beach.
Dipolog City is the capital of Zamboanga Del Norte Province and
a twin city of Dapitan. The main attractions of the town are the
Holy Rosary Cathedral, an imposing edifice erected a century ago
by Spanish Friars and Linabo Peak, which offers a panoramic view
of both cities. Other attractions in the area are Sicayab Beach
and the Pamansalan Oisca Forest Park and Waterfalls.
There are various other tourist attractions located in the province,
including Mariway Falls, Alano Beach and Bayangan, Selinog and Ubay
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