Zamboanga City

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Zamboanga City is in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. Known as the City of Flowers (the etymology of Zamboanga comes from the malay word jambangan means garden of flowers-by faiza paredes), it is now one of the most important and busiest port cities in the Philippines. The Chavacano (popularly known as Zamboangueno, which is based on 70% Spanish words, and 30% Tagalog, Cebuano and other Philippine languages) made Zamboanga as "Asia's Latin City." This is also because of the same traditions with Spain, particularly the patroness Our Lady of the Pilar (which is also the Patroness of Spain).

Get in

By plane

There are daily flights to/from Manila by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, flights to/from Sandakan by Asian Spirit and South East Asian Airlines(SEAIR)

Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific have regular flights to Manila, Cebu, & Davao and vice versa.

By boat

Super Ferry boats are available 2 days a week for sailing from Cebu City, Davao, and Manila and vice versa.

Ferries are also available to and from Sandakan.

The Port of Zamboanga is an international port of entry. It has a schedule passenger trip to Sandakan, Malaysia, a cruise ship destination and several shipping lines offer regular trips from and to Davao, Cotabato, Dipolog/Dapitan, General Santos, Pagadian, Jolo, Bongao, Isabela City, Cebu City, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Bacolod and Manila.

By road

If you are from Luzon and Visayas, the Nautical Highways(RoRo)can bring you here. Buses from major cities in Mindanao are also available.

Get around

As soon as you get off the boat or plane, your first concern would probably be your luggage. Both ports provide helpful employees. Be gracious and tip properly. Depending on the number of luggage your tip can range from 50 to 200 pesos. The seaport is not as organized and there are a lot of free-lancers who are willing to help for a fee (sometimes a very hefty fee). Tip only after you have been escorted to your transportation.

For those who don't have someone to pick them up, there is public transportation readily available. You have your choice of tri-cycles, Jeepneys, or taxi. Taxi would be your best bet. The taxi fare for a 5 kilometer trip would be less than 50 pesos but there aren't that many available.

Second choice is the tri-cycle. A passenger and luggage traveling a distance of 5 kilometers would cost no more than 30 pesos. But since you are coming from the port, the tri-cycle drivers want a heftier fare (this is illegal for them because they can lose their license). So usually the fare is bumped up 100%.

To get a jeepney, the best way is to have someone (your porter) hire the jeepney for you while you watch over your luggage. Within a 5 kilometer radius a Jeepneys will cost you anywhere from 200 to 300 pesos. This is called a "special". The driver will also help you with your luggage. You only pay for your transportation at destination.




Shopping areas

  • Sophia Jewellery- for eleganc collections of gold, diamond, pearl jewelry, 3rd level
  • Alajas Baratillo- for silver and gold low priced and pre-owned (rematado) jewelry, ground level
  • Shoppers' Plaza
  • Shoppers' Emporium
  • Shoppers' Central
  • Shoppers' Square
  • Shoppers' Center (2008)
  • Supercenter- Mayor Jaldon St.
  • Grand Center- I. Magno St.
  • Bookstore Express- Universidad de Zamboanga Campus
  • Lim Shi
  • Best Mart
  • Young Mart
  • Canelar Barter Trade
  • Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex
  • Baliwasan Commercial Complex
  • Zamboanga City Public Market



Vertigo Lobby Bar Roof top Amigos Amigas Halfway


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