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The region

Designated as Region IX, Zamboanga Peninsula consists of three provinces, namely, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay. The region of Zamboanga Peninsula was previously known as Western Mindanao before the enactment of Executive Order No. 36 on September 19, 2001.​

Zamboanga History


(2000 pop. 603,000). Located at the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula in the Mindanao Island group in the Philippines, the City of Zamboanga is a chartered city independent of the province of Zamboanga del Sur in terms of funding, administration, and so on. The early Malay settlers known as Subanons ("people of the river") named the place Jambangan or Tambangan ("land of flowers"), and the city is still known for its many species of flowers, especially orchids. The Samal and Badjao ethnic groups who came to the city in their vintas or native boats called it Samboangan, referring to the wood poles they used to dock their boats.

The Spanish established a small garrison on the site in 1596, but they failed to hold it in the face of repeated attacks by the Moros, various Muslim ethnic groups of Malay descent who had dominated the area from the 1400s. In 1636, the Spanish reestablished themselves in what is now known as Fort Pilar, which remained the center of Spanish rule in the southern Philippines for three hundred years. A testimony to this long Spanish presence is the use of Chavacano, the chief local dialect, which is based on Spanish.

When the Americans came in 1898, the city became the capital of Moro province, which encompassed all of Mindanao and Sulu Islands. Zamboanga City attained its cityhood status on 12 October 1936 under Commonwealth Act 9 and was formally inaugurated as the City of Zamboanga on 26 February 1937. The city became a headquarters for the Japanese during World War II but was retaken by U.S. troops in March 1945.

Today the city is a trade center and port for the southern Philippine products of copra, hemp, timber, and fish. It is also a center for Moro brass and bronze ware and a collection point for the many varieties of shells found locally. In terms of religious background, the population of Zamboanga City is 75 percent Christian and 25 percent Muslim. It is considered a Christian enclave in the heart of the Muslim region of the Philippines.​


For almost three centuries, the Spaniards held the City of Zamboanga with Fort Pilar as the center of settlement. The presence of the Spaniards amidst many Filipino ethnic groups resulted in the development of a unique dialect – chavacano – a mixture of Spanish and the native dialects which is still the predominant medium of communication in the city today.​
 

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Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival

Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival or the popurlay known as Fiesta Pilar, is held in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pilar at the legendary Fort Pilar. The people of Zamboanga fervently believe that the lady has served as their unifying cultural and historical symbol. In commemoration of her feast day, Zamboanga displays its devotion and enthusiasm with a nine-night procession, fireworks, an ethnic parade, a cultural show, a regatta, and the Miss Zamboanga parade. This festival runs from October 1 to 12.
 

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We're proud to bring to all the Zamboangueños around the world and in our beloved City of Zamboanga, a special gift from a very special woman who helped witness the Presidential Charter creating the City of Zamboanga in 1936 - Mayor Caling Lobregat, and her city hall crew. Muchas gracias con ustedes todo.




This memorial photo belongs in all our hearts & homes. This is our story. This is our history. Long live our City of Flowers!​
 

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IN THE FAR SOUTH is a place bursting with life. It is a place imbued with a dizzying array of ethnic ingenuity, a home filled with delightful discoveries.

Come to the place where colorful vintas meet the sunset.
Come to the place where the call of the rolling sea reverberates.
Come to the place where the green is superfluous.
Come to the place where the most succulent of dishes can be found.
Come to the place where the Spanish legacy is met with unique dances, pilgrimages to the Shrine.
Come to the place of friendly smiles and grins of the little children

Come to the place that is Zamboanga.
Come and join us in celebrating our FIESTA PILAR!!!

"REGATTA de ZAMBOANGA 2002" witness the colorful vinta's on display





"CULTURAL STREET DANCING" Reviving the glorious past through dances and colorful costumes.













 

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at last, a thread dedicated to zamboanga. bravo!
 

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ISLANDS OF ZAMBOANGA CITY



In addition to the main land territory of Zamboanga City, which encompasses 1,681 kilometers (645 square mile), there are (officially) 29 islands that are part of its principality, and all of them are now named. The most popular of these islands is the Great Santa Cruz Island, and most deservedly so. Its tantalizingly beautiful scenery encompasses the rare "pink sand" (a coloration effect of white sand mixed with red coral sand), crystal clear blue water, and the symphony of varied living corals, abundant colorful tropical sea life, and island vegetation. It is truly a wonderland.​
 

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at last, a thread dedicated to zamboanga. bravo!


Thanks, Im trying to learn more about my grandfather's provincial roots! :)
 

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ARTES Y CULTURA


Cawa-cawa Boulevard at Dusk, Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City is located on the western most peninsula of the big island of Mindanao, the Philippines. It is a busy international port strategically located on the Basilan Straight.

The city has long been a bastion of Spanish intelligentsia, and is home to some of the finest educational institutions in the country and around Asia. The literacy rate of the region, and of the country in general, is one of the highest in all of Asia.

The Spanish culture influences the way of life of the Zamboangueños. The culture blends harmoniously with Moorish and western influence.​


Regatta de Zamboanga

Zamboanga City's Art history spans a period of over 500 years, with heavy influence coming from the Malay and Spanish culture early on, and the West more recently. Countless, and quite priceless, artefacts dating back to over a thousand years have been excavated in the early 1900s by American archaeologists during their occupation of the Philippines in the vicinities of Zamboanga and Mindanao. Many of these artefacts are currently housed in "vaults" of some major U.S. universities, inaccessible to the general public.


Moro School Zamboanga, Mindanao, P.I.

Zamboanga City is also a centre for Moro brassware and bronze ware, and a collecting point for numerous varieties of shells, which are exported or used locally for button manufacture and many other products and souvenirs. The Philippine Archipelago is home to over a third of the world's known sea shells, and Zamboanga's Great Santa Cruz Island is home to many shells and corals, and the pristine "pink" sand - a coloration effect of the white sand and red coral sand mixed together.



Fort Pilar with its world-renowned religious shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar, was built in the 17th century by the Spanish soldiers, along with their Jesuit counterparts, for the protection of Christian settlers against Moro (Muslim) pirates, and other marauding invaders from nearby Chinese and Dutch outposts. It now houses the Fort Pilar Museum, one the few national historic museum chain that houses cultural artefacts of the region, and a wealthy display of its surrounding rich marine and natural life.



Rio Hondo, Taluksangay, and Campo Muslim are nearby Muslim villages built on stilts over water. Indigenous peoples include the Tau Sugs, Samals, and Yakans. The colourful Bajau, or sea gypsies, ply the waters of the Basilan Straight for fish, coral, and shells; they live on board their multi-hued vintas (sailboats) and take temporary shelter in stilt-raised homes during storms.



Valderosa St. is just beside the City Hall, walking thru this street gives you a feeling like you're in a time warp. Old houses and palm trees still stands along the street, it gives you a glimpse of the past. This street will lead you to Bayot Hotel now known as Lantaka Hotel by the sea.​
 

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Zamboanga cuisine is like its exotic Chabacano: basically Spanish with an admixture of local tongues, thus endowing it with a delectable gastronomical flavor that provides a rich cultural experience as well. This was especially true in the old days when Castilian influence rubbed off quite thickly on the people of that little Spanish town, now revered in prose as "un glorioso pedaza del corazon de Castilla" (a glorious piece of the heart of Spain).

Most Zamboanga dishes are Spanish in origin. Others, like bagon de gata, tamales, and those with heavy dependence on gata (coconut cream/milk) are distinctly indigenous. Yet, even the most native of local foods, namely the sinigang, Spanish influence is evident in the use of herbal spices, such as tanglad (lemon grass), and bambawing (a "weed" which seems to be peculiar to Zamboanga, and looks and smells like a "wild" member of the basil family). Olive oil is often used for some fish preparations.

Following are some popular old Zamboanga recipes contributed by Mrs. Anacleta Garcia-Orendain who, by consanguinity and affinity, comes from two old families well known in the culinary art. Like most traditional cooks, Mrs. Orendain has not methodically documented her recipes into precise or standard kitchen directions. Thus her descriptions of how to cook the following dishes may have what has been called a "stream of consciousness" quality about it.

We therefore advise the adventurous cook to proceed with caution in trying to follow these loving recipes, understanding what every good cook knows: that feel and intuition, rather than scientific precision, play the more important role in great cuisine. (Zamboanga Hermosa, 1984)

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MENU UNO - VIANDA


CALLOS DE ANDALUCIA, PESCAO EN BLANCO, COCIDO OR POCHERO
ROPA VIEJA, CHICKEN PESA, NANGKA SALAD
BACALAO A LA VIZCAYNA, COCRETA DE PATATAS, GALANTINA
GATA DE NANGKA OR CAMANSE; PICKLED CAMIAS, FISH SINIGANG
BOPES, BAGON DE GATA​

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MENU DOS - POSTRE


AMBROSIA SALAD, TAMALES ZAMBOANGA, MAJA BLANCA (DURUL)
SAGUING REBOSAO, FLAN CON MERENGUE, SARIALA, SOPA BORRACHO​

 

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"Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa"



Fort of "Nuestra Señora del Pilar" in Zamboanga, as it was in 1719. ( Juan de Ciscara. 1719. AGI )



The San José Fort in Zamboanga - later renamed "Nuestra Señora del Pilar"- was built in 1635 and was the most important on the island of Mindanao. It was demolished in the 17th century and rebuilt in 1718 as part of the defense system of the Visayan islands and other Spanish posts.



 

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Over the past many decades, there has never been made a detailed pictorial representation of the venerable fort of the fabled City of Zamboanga, the place they refer to as "The City of Flowers." It is unfortunate that many people do not have the capacity or the interest to present this pictorial of the historic Fort Pilar, the "Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa."



A pictorial history is being unfolded herein, and it is possible to picture former and present-day life in the fort through the architectural details and design of this sturdy fort that has never lost sight of its purpose of protecting its citizens.

iBienvenidos!




 

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wow g'leng Animo, im very very proud of what you did :applause: i'll post some pics of Zamboanga, i kept when i had it for city vs. city
 

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Nuestra Señora La Virgen Del Pilar and the Fort

The gray stonewalls of Fort Pilar are the only surviving physical manifestation of the founding and early history of the town of Zamboanga. The Fort is the oldest reminder of the Spanish presence. The historical antecedents of Fort Pilar are to be found in Spanish attempts to extend their military and missionary activities during the 16th century into the southernmost parts of the Philippines, as well as in Borneo.

The building of the fort was a strategy and measure of defense against piratical attacks. Governor Juan Cerezo de Salamanca decided to establish a military base in Zamboanga. On April 16, 1635, the building of the Fort began under the supervision of Padre Melchor de Vera, a famous Jesuit missionary engineer. It was on June 23, 1635 that the cornerstones were officially laid marking a historical milestone in the founding of Zamboanga.


Concelebration of the Mass during the Hermosa Festival at the Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa at the Fort

The Fort was known then as “Real Fuerza de San Jose”, from the date of the construction up to the year 1718; It went through some reconstruction and was renamed “Real Fuerza De Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza” maintaining this name up to the time when the Americans came in 1898; Simply it was called as "Fort Pilar

The Statue of Our Lady of the Pilar of Zaragoza, was embossed on the east wall of the stone fort in January 1734, was originally used as a frontispiece atop the main entrance was sealed, as mentioned in the account of the Spanish Jesuit, Father Creves, who visited Zamboanga that year.

The celebration of the Feast of the Nuestra Señora del Pilar ushered in one of the many highlights bringing together thousands of Zamboangueños to celebrate life and unity and making the religious event as the culminating highlight for the weeklong festivities of arts, culture, and traditional reverence, the celebration of the Fiesta Pilar in Zamboanga City every October 12 is also being observed in the district of Santa Cruz, Manila and in Zaragoza, Spain where Our Lady Pilar is the Patroness. It is observed too, throughout Spain as “Dia de la Hispanidad” or “Dia de la Raza”, as a legal holiday in most Latin American countries, and the West Indies – where it is known as “Columbus Day” or “Discovery Day” for it was on October 12, 1492, that Christopher Columbus discovered America.

Many Zamboangueños abroad unite and celebrate this day with religious fervor and reverence as they live in memory of their provenance; The many accounts of the miracles of the Lady of the Pilar as manifested in the Foiled attempt to attack the Fort by hundreds of Muslim raiders, the beautiful legend of the “Sentry and our Lady of the Pilar” is woven around an actual historical event that occurred on December 6, 1734, when the leader of the armed band from Tawi-Tawi landed at Zamboanga and tried to capture the Fort by surprise; the story of the Earthquake – tidal wave in 1897 and the killer quake – tidal waves of 1976 and the miraculous intercession of the Lady Pilar as the Protector and Patroness of Zamboanga. Thousands will find their way to pay homage to the Virgin, as they venerate her with ardent prayers, with candles and offerings of flowers making the shrine as the focal point of the festivities.


The Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa at the Fort

Today as we celebrate the Fiesta Pilar, many visitors will visit the Fort Pilar as the center for our religious traditions, and as a remnant of our colorful historical past and as an veritable landmark of our heritage, our passion and religion; as it is the evidence of European military engineering and architecture conceptualized and built as a defensive outpost to check Muslim raids and as a center for evangelization, and also it came to be the enclave of Spanish military naval stopover for further campaigns and provisions.

Today it is a historical landmark and a museum of Zamboanga’s diverse material culture that is on permanent exhibit and that includes the Subanen, Sama Badjao, Yakan tribes.

It is also the showcase of the retrieved artifacts of the shipwreck “Griffin” a trade ship owned by the British East India Company, which sank off the coast of Basilan in January 20, 1761 during a storm at sea.

On the left wing ground level is the experiential exhibit of the flora and fauna of western Mindanao and the marine exhibits.

The Fort Pilar has surpassed itself not only as a bastion and citadel for defensive warfare, but as a center for the arts, culture and traditions, but it is serves as a repository of the artifacts of the history and culture of western Mindanao.​
 
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