During my trip to Zamboanga City, I was able to visit the gorgeous Merloquet Waterfalls and spend the day at Pink Island. I also made sure to check out different food places to eat. Aside from these, here are other spots you can visit in Zamboanga City.
Zamboanga Trip: Pasonanca Tour, Fort Pilar, Paseo del Mar and City Hall
It was pretty hot in Zamboanga City and one way to cool off was to head to the upper area of the city. Going on a tour of Pasonanca is a good place to relax and walk. You can find the Pasonanca Park there. During my trip, Jana and I only dropped by the La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat which has different flower and butterfly species surrounding the garden. I wasn’t able to take pictures of the place because it was already night time.
metal teepees in Boy Scout Grounds
Boy Scout Grounds in Pasonanca
Near the park is the Boy Scout Grounds where you can see green-painted metal teepees in the area. I read that it was set up in honor of 24 Filipino boy scouts that died in a plane crash while on their way to attend a Jamboree. The Boy Scout Grounds are are open daily from 6am-6pm. We were still able to catch the last 40 minutes before the camp closed.
Fort Pilar is a major historic landmark of Zamboanga and the stone fort was built in defense against pirates and raiders of the sultans of Mindanao and Jolo. – Fort Pilar | Zamboanga
Fort Pilar of Zamboanga
This outdoor shrine is a popular place to celebrate mass ceremonies. Also, a national museum could be found here. Unfortunately, it was under renovation so we didn’t gain entry.
It was a perfect time to drop by the façade of Zamboanga’s City Hall. Christmas lights adorned the landmark which makes the night alive. Families and friends head to this plaza to marvel at the sight in celebration of the yuletide season.
Zamboanga’s City Hall Facade
City Hall of Zamboanga
Paseo del Mar
For me, if there’s a place where the people of Zamboanga hang out, it’s got to be Paseo del Mar. You’ll also see Badjaos in the area where they will dive for coins you throw into the sea. Crazy how they can see coins even at night.
Various restaurants line up at Paseo del Mar. Just like Dumaguete’s Rizal Boulevard, a lot of people pass by the area to hang out. This is also a jump-off point to the famous Pink Island and you can buy Knickerbocker here for snacks.
Paseo del Mar
Zamboanga Paseo del Mar
These are the other places you can check out in Asia’s Latin City. Heading to each destination isn’t that difficult as you can simply hire a tricycle for a minimum fare of 50 Php.
This trip was made possible by Airphil Express. Airphil Express flies from Cebu to Zamboanga every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Airphil Express also flies to Zamboanga from Manila, Davao, Jolo, and Tawi-Tawi.
Check out my other Zamboanga articles here:
- Zamboanga Trip: Things to Do, Places to Visit
- Zamboanga Trip: Gorgeous Merloquet Falls
- Zamboanga Trip: Picnic at Sta. Cruz Island aka Pink Island
- Zamboanga City Food Trip
- Zamboanga Trip: Pasonanca Tour, Fort Pilar, Paseo del Mar and City Hall
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