Zamboanga City | Easy Guide Every Traveler Should Know
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- July 11th, 2015
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Any travel guide about Zamboanga City tells you to be ready with your emergency Spanish as it can be a handy tool here in getting around & bargaining for goods. But don’t freeze if you can’t go past beyond “hola” because they’ll still win you over in your language.
Chavacano or Spanish creole is the main language used in Zamboanga City. It is the kind of Spanish that evolved with other Philippine languages spoken by its settlers. Over time, it formed its own linguistic features along with its distinctive collective cultural identity.
Hola, Zamboanga City!
With its hodgepodge of cultural influences, it becomes instinctive that Zamboanga City hosts diverse tourism features. Yes, if there’s one city that rests on beautiful excessiveness — it’s this one!
So let’s dig in into the beautiful world that will change the way you look at Zamboanga City.
Safety & Orderliness
I feel you when you think that it’s not safe here. But it’s not true. The news are just broadcasted from the city being the hub of everything. The reality is — it’s scarier to walk in the streets of Manila than here.
Zamboanga City is on the tail of Zamboanga Peninsula. The waters of Sulu & the mountains of Sibugay fringe it. With these geographical features, it’s easy to imagine the kind of adventures that are up for grabs.
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Zamboanga City’s cityscape is changing because of its fast-growing economy. But as it is, the feeling of quaintness is never amiss. It also retains much of its heritage buildings that are reminiscent of the Spanish colonial architecture.
Shrines, Parks & Other Places of Interest
Zamboanga City yokes between the glories of its heritage & the comforts of its modern township. And nowhere are these expressed than in the pockets of blooming parks, museums & recreational spots.
Places to Eat & Must-Try Dishes
As the city is so culturally diverse, so is its mouthwatering cuisine. In fact, Zamboanga City has become synonymous to seafood. But there’s more to its flavorful cuisine than curacha, lobsters & crabs. Check out the link below to know more.
SAVORES: THE FLAVORS OF ZAMBOANGA
Must tries at Alavar Seafood Restaurant — everything seafood! And yes, there’s a place for that seafood diet thing here because when you see food, you eat!
Moro cuisine is worth trying, promise & Bay Tal Mal is the go-to place when in Zamboanga City. Don’t miss the “tiula itum” because it’s just one for the record.
There are 3 things that made Hacienda de Palmeras popular: knicker bocker, crispy pata & charming service. As if it’s not enough, look for the Lady of the House, Ms. Rose. She has 35 years worth of stories to tell.
Satti is every Zamboangeno’s comfort food. Then there’s Jimmy’s. Although not the oldest in business but this satti house is a household name.
But when in comes to the good old Tausug snacks, Dennis is the hardest to top. Originally from Jolo, Sulu, it brought with them to Zamboanga City the timelessness of its local favorites.
Cultural Villages & Festivals
If there’s one thing that Zamboanga City is most proud about, that would be their people. It is made up of the Hispanic Christians, the Subanen lumads & the various Muslim groups like the Tausug, Yakan, Samal & Badjao. This eclectic mix create the colors & are proudly represented everywhere.
No trip to Zamboanga City is ever complete without visiting Canelar Barter. This shopping complex is a mecca of backdoor imports at bargain prices. From the popular batik textiles & chocolates to noodles & canned goods — it’s all here.
TIP: There’s a charming Chinese auntie at the last stall in the front row. You’ll never go wrong with her goods. And yes, you can bargain!
Where to Stay
Zamboanga City has more hotels than you can think of. There’s always something for every kind of traveler here that suits whatever style & budget. And here are my top picks:
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Nightlife is Life
Just when you think that there’s no nightlife in Zamboanga City, you’d be surprised that it is an awesome place to party too! Here’s the list of the best party hotspots in town.
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Comments ( 4 )
I haven’t been to Zamboanga so I am going to use this post of yours as a reference when I finally get a chance to go there. It seems like an interesting place, very rich in culture. And you mentioned curacha, I’ve always wanted to try that but it’s not available here in the city.
Hi Marge, Zamboanga is really a nice place to visit. Underrated. Curacha is widely available in Zamboanga. You’d love it there.
Congrats to you on your very comprehensive article! Just a minor correction on the picture of Halo-halo of Palmera’s, it should be Knickerbocker. 🙂
Hi Joevic! Hello, hello! Que tal? Yeah, thanks for reminding me on the right name—–knickerbocker! Corrected. Hope to visit Zamboanga again soon.