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Old July 14th, 2007, 03:10 AM   #1
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Zamboanga Peninsula Region

Zamboanga Peninsula



Zamboanga Peninsula is both a peninsula and an administrative region in the Philippines. Designated as Region IX, the region consists of three provinces, namely, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, and the chartered city of Zamboanga City at the south-eastern tip. The region was previously known as Western Mindanao before the enactment of Executive Order No. 36 on September 19, 2001.
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Province

After the United States annexed the Spanish East Indies in 1898, Zamboanga became a part of the Moro Province, which consisted of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. The name and status of Moro province soon changed to the Department of Mindanao and Sulu on August 16, 1916, that caused Zamboanga to become a province.

On June 6, 1952, the province was divided into two provinces, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, while the chartered City of Zamboanga became an independent city.

Region

Together with the Sulu Archipelago, the provinces that formerly made up Zamboanga province were organized into Region IX by order of Presidential Decree No. 1 as part of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Between 1975 to 1989 the old Region IX (Western Mindanao) was divided into two sub-regions by Presidential Decree No. 773 dated August 21, 1975.

Sub-Region IX-A consisted of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi with Jolo, Sulu as the sub-regional center.

Sub-Region IX-B consisted of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, with the chartered city of Zamboanga City as the sub-regional center.

Present

In 2001, Zamboanga Sibugay, was created from the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

During the same year, the residents of Basilan opted to join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in a plebiscite. However, the citizens of the capital, Isabela, did not want to join so the city remained a part of this region with the as a result of Executive Order No. 36.
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Component cities

* Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
* Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
* Isabela City, Basilan
* Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur

Geography

Zamboanga Peninsula lies between the Moro Gulf, part of the Celebes Sea, and the Sulu Sea. Along the shores of the peninsula are numerous bays and islands. Its territory consists of the three Zamboanga provinces and its lone chartered city of Zamboanga City, as well as the Northern Mindanao province of Misamis Occidental. The peninsula is connected to the main part of Mindanao through an isthmus situated between Panquil Bay and Pagadian Bay. The boundary between the peninsula and the mainland is artificially marked by the border between the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Lanao del Norte.

Resources

The region has vast forest resources and previously used to export logs, lumber, veneer and plywood. Mineral deposits include gold, chromite, coal, iron, lead, and manganese. Among its non-metallic reserves are coal, silica, salt, marble, silica sand, and gravel. Its fishing grounds are devoted to commercial and municipal fishing. It has also aqua farms for brackish water and freshwater fishes.

Cities

Zambaoanga Peninsula has five cities: Dipolog City, Dapitan City, Isabela City, Pagadian City, and the lone chartered and only highly-urbanized city of Zamboanga. Isabela City is actually part of the island-province of Basilan to the south of the peninsula, and is that province's capital.

The cities of Zamboanga, Dipolog and Pagadian serve as the centers of trade, commerce and education in the region. Zamboanga City, known for its Fort Pilar, is a tourist destination besides being considered as the busiest city in Western Mindanao.

The city of Dapitan is the place of Jose Rizal's exile. It is also known for the old St. James Parish and the beautiful beach resort of Dakak.


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It has the first export-processing zone in Mindanao. Farming and fishing are the main economic activities of the region. It also has rice and corn mills, oil processing, coffee berry processing and processing of latex from rubber. Its home industries include rattan and furniture craft, basket making, weaving and brass work.

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I hope, the Glory days of Dakak beach will be back again...
The Local Tourism industry must do something about it...

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Are those birds or trash? Just asking... The picture had some specks in it...
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Dapitan City marks 115th year of Rizal exile

By Richel V. Umel

ILIGAN CITY -- Dapitan City, the Shrine City of the Philippines located in Zamboanga del Norte commemorated last Tuesday the 115th year anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal's exiled in that city.

City Councilor Apple Marie Agolong, chairperson committee on tourism, recounted that when Dr. Jose P. Rizal started his life as an exile, the politico-military governor was Don Ricardo Carnicero.

The hero stayed with Gov. Carnicero at his official residence "Casa Real" from the day he arrived until March the following year when he was transferred to Talisay.

In sitio Talisay, about three kilometers from Dapitan City and inspired by his girlfriend Josephine Bracken, Dr. Jose Rizal built his own home, a clinic and mini-hospital where he performed minor surgery.

Rizal also built a mini-classroom to promote education, a kitchen and a water system serving Dapitan's potable water supply and support to agriculture development.

The city government in cooperation with the National Historical Institute (NHI) and the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) maintained the museum and the facilities within the Rizal National Park in Talisay for educational tour and tourist attraction.

Carnicero then stayed there for four years before he was brought back to Manila where the works of Rizal were lived up by the people of Dapitan.

Flashback

Carnicero's stay, however, was short-lived for he accompanied Rizal when the latter left Dapitan for Manila on July 31, 1896.

Rizal was shot to death in Bagumbayan--now Luneta--on December 30, 1896.

Late December last year Dapitan City Mayor Dimonador Jalosjos, Jr. Vice Mayor Patri Chan and the City Council led the community in celebrating the first "Handuraw (flashback) festival.

A recollection of historical events of Dr. Jose Rizal in Dapitan, this was integrated into the commemoration of the death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on December 30.

Former congressman Romeo Jalosjos authored the compilation of the good works of Dr. Jose P. Rizal which were distributed to students, historians and the descendants of Rizal who were present during the Rizal Day with the ambassador of the Czech Republic.

A torch parade highlighted the 115th commemoration of the exile of Dr. Jose P. Rizal that started at the landmark where the national hero landed at the coastal Barangay of Sta. Cruz to the "Casa Real."

The activity formed part of the events of the upcoming city fiesta on July 24-25 in honor of patron Saint James the Greater.

The so called "Kinabayu" Festival is expected to draw a crowd of local and foreign tourists.

Other events include horse racing, a horse parade, the Miss Dapitan 2007 pageant and cultural shows.

By virtue of Republic Act No. 3811 sponsored by Congressman Alberto Ubay and signed by President Diosdado Macapagal on June 22, 1963, Dapitan became a chartered city, the first city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

The Rizal National Park in barangay Talisay was declared as one of the national shrines by virtue of Presidential Decree 105 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos on January 24, 1973.

From then on it was called as Rizal Shrine and Dapitan came to be officially known as the "Shrine City of the Philippines."
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ZamPen, a new destination buzzword
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The 18th Philippine Travel Mart this year highlights ZamPen, southwest of the Philippine archipelago, a destination of culture, adventure and nature.

A melting pot of races, Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) boasts of a diverse mix of living cultures of Subanens, Yakans, Tausugs, Bajaus, Samals, as well as Chabacanos.

Its colorful vintas, the intricate hand-woven cloth of the Yakans, the Buklogan of the Subanens, houses on stilts of the Samals, the houseboats of the Bajaus, and the Hispanic influence preserved in Chabacano are all spectacles of ZamPen’s vibrant cultures.

For adventurous spirits, ZamPen offers 3,003 steps to Linabo Peak in Dipolog City where finishers are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Dipolog City.

Mt. Timolan in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur, poses a unique challenge for mountaineers both novice and experienced. Successful trekkers are accorded a refreshing bath in the cool waters of Lake Maragang. Sports enthusiasts also look forward to compete at Zamboanga EcoChallenge held annually in Zamboanga City during the Fiesta Hermosa.

Nature lovers will also experience the renewing therapy of nature, for instance, the sight of thousands of wild ducks on Lake Lakewood at sunrise.

The Pasonanca Natural Park presents another side of Zamboanga City. Just 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it is a spiel of natural beauty and experience, much like the Cogon Ecotourism Park in Dipolog City.

TOURIST HAVEN

ZamPen abounds with unspoiled white sand beaches that prove irresistible to tourists. Among the most alluring are Triton Island of Vincenzo, Sagun, Aliguay and Selinog Islands of Dipolog and Dapitan, Litayon Island, Looc Labuan, and Buluan Island of Zamboanga Sibugay.

For tourists wanting the luxury and comfort of beach resorts, Dakak Park Beach Resort provides world class facilities and amenities.

Unique from all the rest is the pinkish sand beach of Sta. Cruz Islands lying across Zamboanga City.

ZamPen is an anthology of the past. Renowned and inscribed in the pages of history books, Dapitan, Rizal’s place of exile, is one of the key cities of ZamPen. A visit to Rizal Shrine in Dapitan transports one to the past and gives a glimpse of the life of a man who made an impact in the world. His architectural works are a manifestation of indigenous ingenuity unrivaled by his contemporaries.

Down south is Zamboanga City, Asia’s Latin City. It is so called because of the Spanish influence preserved in the Chabacano language, a concoction of Spanish and local dialects

Today, ZamPen promises excitement. Festivals are celebrated annually even in the remotest municipality and big events are coming up this year.

The 18th Philippine Travel Mart, slated Sept. 7 – 9 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall pays a tribute to ZamPen. It is organized by the Philippine Tour Operators (PHILTOA), the country’s largest association of tour operators and proponent of Philippine Tourism promotions.


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Bikini Open, drag race draw crowds to Dapitan Kinabayo Festival

By Cheng Ordoñez

A BEVY of beauties wowed a huge crowd that gathered Friday night at the Bikini Open at the Harohoy Sa Baybayon, at LSA Beach Resort, Dapitan City.

Fifteen gorgeous young women joined the Bikini Open now on its 5th year, and have been going strong in performance and as a crowd drawer.

The show was further enhanced by the presence of Hot Babes’ performers Anna Leah Javier and Jennifer Lee who spiced up the night with songs and entertaining acts.

The Bikini Open was just one of the many highlights of the Kinabayo Festival 2007 here in the Shrine City of the Philippines -- Dapitan City -- under the leadership of Mayor Dominador Jalosjos.

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Lando Yebes graced the occasion.

Councilor Apple Marie Agolong oversees major events of the celebration in an effort to push the tourism aspect of the city forward in her capacity as the chairperson of the Committee on Tourism in the City Council of Dapitan.

The activities of the Kinabayo Festival started July 13 yet with the Jose Rizal Memorial State College Night’s Variety Show, at its Main Campus.

On July 21, 2007, a drag race at Road 17 was held with a Ballet Presentation at night. It will continue until July 22 with War Games at Gloria de Dapitan and Biritan Sa Dapitan, at Gloria de Dapitan.

“We are gathered here once again to witness the drag racing competition which is not only being participated in by locals of Dapitan City but by the different teams all over the country, Agolong said during the opening of the Drag Race Competition Saturday.

“The first time this active young men approached me for support, I already know right away that this sports – their sports and now our sports – will go a long way. Dapitan is now in the drag racing limelight,” she said.

On July 23, the Bicycle Race and the National Lawn Tennis Tournament kick off with finals for the War Games, at Gloria de Dapitan. These will be accompanied by Bowling Tourney, at the Exodus Bowling Center and the Miss Dapitan Coronation Night, at the Cultural Center, later at night.

Dapitanons and visitors alike await the famous "Patnunob" at St. James Church followed by the much-talked-about "Sinug" at 12:00 noon from the Church passing through the City Plaza on the same date.

At 1:00 p.m. the Kinabayo Presentation will follow, at the City Plaza then the Horse Racing at 2:00 p.m., Sunset Boulevard Area and the procession of the Image of Saint James, The Greater, at 4:00 p.m., same date.

As the night falls, a “Street Party Live Band,” at the City Hall Area is expected to draw a crowd of youngsters while “Intensity 8” and the National Boxing Tournament at the Power House Gym, Gloria de Dapitan

On July 25, Feast Day, a Chess Tournament will be held at the 2nd Floor of Public Library followed by the Horses on Parade.

Later, the much awaited Kinabayo Street Dancing and Festival Showdown will excite expectators at the JRMSC Grounds.

Kinabayo is an exotic and colorful pageant re-enacting the Spanish-Moorish wars, particularly the Battle of Covadonga.

In that battle the Spanish forces under General Pelagio took their last stand against the Saracens. They were able to reverse the tide of the war with the miraculous apparition of Saint James, the Apostle. The addition of local color and innovations has made this annual festivity a popular attraction to visitors of Dapitan.

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I miss this idyllic place. I've heard it's not as beautiful as before without the auspices of the now incarcerated owner.
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Philippine Eagle couple found in Baliguian, Zambo Norte
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(MindaNews/08 August) – On the first morning of freedom for kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi on July 20, reporters flocked to Zamboanga City to listen to his story and take photographs. Elsewhere in the Zamboanga Peninsula that morning, researchers from the Regional Eagle Watch Team (REWT) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) witnessed a rare visual feast on freedom as well – a pair of the endangered Philippine Eagles in a flight of romance in the “lowland forest” of Barangay Linay, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte – just above the eagles’ nest.

Initially, a lone Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) flew in an ascending spiral over a forested ridge at around 10:15 a.m. in Barangay Linay, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte. “Shortly, a second eagle (female, as it is larger than the other) emerged from the canopy and joined the aerial display,” Jayson Ibañez, Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) field coordinator said in a press release dated August 7.

Called “mutual soaring,” this eagle flight pattern is “a form of courtship display, and is a common behavior among eagle couples who are about to lay an egg. Following the general timing of breeding among Philippine Eagles, PEF biologists believe that the pair would lay an egg September of this year,” the statement added.

Residents claim the eagles have been breeding at Linay as early as 1993. Fernando Mendoza, a Linay official who resides near the eagle nest, said the pair laid a single egg on a “Guijo” tree in 2003 and resulted in a young eagle flying out of the nest in 2004.

“The same pair again allegedly nested in 2005 on a ‘Banuang’ tree (Octomeles sumatrana) which again resulted in a successful breeding season,” the press statement said.

The last time Mendoza saw the young eagle was in October 2006 when it was playing with a dried branch that it released and caught repeatedly in mid-air.

Philippine Eagles are known to be very loyal to the places where they lay their eggs. Accordign to the press statement, “in Mount Apo, Davao City for example, an eagle pair alternately occupied 11 nest trees on the same locality since 1977.”

“Because of such high faithfulness to nesting sites, PEF has been working with the government and civil society to have these sites protected to ensure that breeding continues for the species which is on the verge of extinction” said Dennis Salvador, PEF Executive Director.

The eagle couple at Linay is the 25th pair currently known for Mindanao. Their nesting site, however, is the first confirmed in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Found at an altitude of 369 m above sea level, the Linay nesting site is the lowest recorded for Philippine Eagles in Mindanao.

The DENR in Region 9 (Western Mindanao) will be declaring the area as a Philippine Eagle “critical habitat” through RA 9147 or the Philippine Wildlife Act. “We will be working with the local government of Baliguian and Linay to give it protection and to ensure that the eagle pair will always have a safe home to mate and breed,” said Eduardo Bisquera, Jr. regional technical director of the DENR 9’s Protected Areas and Wildlife department. (MindaNews)

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Fishermen coming home



A real boat full of fishermen journey back home after a day of fishing near Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. Thanks to John Hayes for sharing this photo.

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Beach at Dakak Resort, Zamboanga del Norte



This is the beach at the famous Dakak Resort in Zamboanga del Norte, which is located near Dapitan. This is another great photo being shared with us by Mindanao Blog reader John Hayes!

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Sunset in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte



We’ve been featuring a lot of sunrises and sunsets lately on the PhotoBlog, so I thought we’d add yet another! This is a beautiful shot of the sunset in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. It’s gorgeous, with the fishing boat on the bay, don’t you think? This photo was sent in by Mindanao Blog reader John Hayes. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos from your trip, John!

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DPWH opens road linking 2 Zambo places
Sunday, September 09 2007 @ 04:00 PM BST

The national government is opening a new road in this city's west coast towards the so-called triple "SB" areas in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Madzmo Hashim, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assistant regional director, said the project was part of the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's super region concept.

Hashim said they would also rehabilitate all existing roads in the triple "SB" areas comprising the towns of Sibuco, Sirawai, Siocon and Baliguian in Zamboanga del Norte.

The opening of the road is foreseen to hasten the transport of agricultural products from the triple places to other parts of the region.

Among the agricultural products coming from the four towns are coconuts, cacao and cassava.

The produce of the coconut oil mill in Sirawai town is being shipped to key cities in the country via Siocon town or Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte since the towns does have its own port.

At present, people travel towards the triple "SB" areas via the town of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay since there are no more vessels that ply to the four towns from this city.

Hashim said the triple "SB" areas did not have national roads linking to the other parts of the region. (PNA)
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anong nangyari sa may ari??? magkano na ang dakak ngayon? tagal ko nang d nakapunta dito
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Zamboanga Peninsula gets ‘high impact’ projects

ZAMBOANGA CITY — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated in Zamboanga Peninsula yesterday various "high impact" projects amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos, a statement read.

The Philippine Information Agency regional office here enumerated the projects as:
  • the P25.291-million communal irrigation systems in Ba-longating and Canunan Guipos;
  • the P12.505-million farm-to-market road from Balong-ating to Goling Guipos in Zam-boanga del Sur;
  • the P20-million rehabilitation of Zamboanga del Sur’s Bobuan-Datagan-Matinaao Balukbahan-Sigacad Bayog farm-to market road, which is under the second phase of the $123.9-million Mindanao Rural Improvement Project; and
  • the P289-million Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center in Zamboanga del Norte.

At the same time, Mrs. Arroyo also inspected the ongoing P210-million Dapitan-Dakak road project, designed to provide easy road access to the famous Dakak Beach Resort.

Moreover, the city government of Dapitan is currently implementing two major projects, namely: the P250-million city government building and the more than P500-million, 20-kilometer circumferential road, said Mayor Dominador G. Jalosjos, Jr.

SEAIR’s Dornier 328 will ply the Cebu-Pagadian-Cebu route twice a week. During a launching mission here recently, officials of the Mindanao Rural Development Program and World Bank representatives said a total of P128 million out of the P315 million allotted for the program’s second phase is ready for implementation.

"Roughly 54% of the P128 million will go to Zamboanga Peninsula. The bulk of the money will facilitate the construction of various agriculture-related infrastructures," Arnel V. de Messa, deputy director of the World Bank-funded program, said in an interview.

Rafael G. Evangelista, Jr. regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority, said the projects should help improve the investment climate of the region.

Tourism regional director Ricardo A. San Juan said in a separate interview that Mrs. Arroyo also pledged roughly P130 million to facilitate the renovation of the Pagadian Airport.

Mr. San Juan said a boost to the region’s tourism industry is South East Asian Airlines’ (SEAIR) launch yesterday of the Cebu-Pagadian-Cebu route. The Clark economic zone-based local carrier has been flying to 15 local tourist destinations, namely: Manila, Caticlan and Cebu in the Visayas; Clark in Central Luzon; Busuanga, Cuyo, El Nido, Puerto Princesa and Rodriguez in Palawan; as well as Camiguin, Cotabato, Jolo, Pagadian, Tawi-tawi and Zamboanga in Mindanao.

"SEAIR reaffirms its commitment to help increase commercial activity and tourism in the area. Since the opening of a regional hub in Zamboanga City in 2002, SEAIR currently flies to Jolo and Tawi-tawi on a daily basis and to Cotabato every Monday, Wednesday and Friday," a statement quoted SEAIR President Avelino L. Zapanta as saying. "Our Cebu-Pagadian route will make traveling for tourists and businessmen easier... Pagadian City has become... only 35 minutes away from Cebu via SEAIR."

Mr. San Juan also said Mrs. Arroyo inaugurated the Agro-Tourism and Heritage Complex and unveiled the Megayon monument at the provincial government complex in Dao, Pagadian City. — Darwin T. Wee
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