Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Travel Memories: The Zamboanga Experience

This travel was made more than two years ago, when we went to Zamboanga City to attend the wake and burial of a departed officemate. It was a long and tiring 12-hour private van ride from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon to Zamboanga City. The trip, however, was well worth it. We were able to bid our final farewell to our dear officemate and also visit some of Zamboanga's interesting places.

These are some of the photos I have taken during the trip and during our brief stay in Zamboanga. These were taken using both my Nokia cellphone camera and my old Casio Exilim.

1. Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte

I took this picture with my cellphone's camera while passing by Tubod, Lanao del Norte. This is the Mindanao Civic Center which houses a hotel, cafeteria, gym, swimming pool, oval, and other sports facilities. The stadium has a seating capacity of 14,000 and was the venue of the First Mindanao Friendship Games.

2. The unique tricycles of Pagadian City

We made a brief stop in Pagadian City and I took notice of their tricycles which are uniquely built. The tricycles are inclined on a 25-40 angle in order for it to adopt to the city's hilly terrain. It has become some sort of an iconic symbol for Pagadian and the locals claim with pride that it is the only place in the Philippines where one can see such kind of public transport.

3. The Barter Trade Center of Zamboaga City

There are plenty of barter trade centers in Zamboanga City. These are must-visit destinations where goods from neighboring countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Japan can be bought at cheap prices. I could not recall what street this particular barter trade is located, but it is here where we buy our pasalubongs.

4. The cemetery

I could not remember the name of this memorial park where our officemate was buried. It has a huge statue of Mama Mary sitting in front of a large cross and cradling Jesus Christ in her arms.

5. La Vista del Mar Beach Resort

During our visit, La Vista del Mar was non-operational. However, we were just in time to catch the beautiful sight of the setting sun at the resort. According to, La Vista del Mar Beach Resort "is now a  favorite of city dwellers, offering them the many amenities they are wanting and the close proximity to downtown...".

6. Fort Pilar

Fort Pilar is located along N.S. Valderosa Street. The fort is a military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial government in Zamboanga City during the 17th century. It was built to defend the city against pirates and raiders. The fort was originally called "Real Fuerza de San José". Today, Fort Pilar is an outdoor Marian Shrine and a museum. As a symbol of the city's rich history and cultural heritage, it is one of the major landmarks of Zamboanga City.

7. Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

It was already dark when we arrived at The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The cathedral is situated in La Purisima corner Campaner Streets. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga and is considered as one of Asia's largest modern Cathedrals.


  1. its great Post provide... thanks for providing memorable Pictures.

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  2. @shawn: thanks also for dropping by my blog.

  3. There are so many great things to see all around the country and Zambo is one of them. :)

  4. Zamboanga indeed is a historical place. And their motorcycles are weird though but very cute and unique! :)


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