Visit Zamboanga City with Merck MLI Travel and Tours

Zamboanga was founded by Spanish forces in 1635 on the site of a native settlement. Its name is derived from the Malay jambangan (“place of flowers”), and bougainvillea, orchids, and other tropical flowers line its roadsides. Fort Pilar, the shrine of Our Lady of the Pilar, was built in the 17th century for the protection of Christian settlers against Moro (local Muslim) pirates; it now houses a branch of the national museum. The city is also the site of Western Mindanao State University (founded 1918). Incorporated in 1936, the city was largely rebuilt after World War II.Rio Hondo, Taluksangay, and Campo Islam are nearby Muslim villages built on stilts over water. Indigenous peoples in the locality include the Tausug, the Samal, and the Yakan. Chavacano (or Chabacano), the local dialect, is a Spanish-based creole language. Zamboanga’s principal exports include fish and fish products, processed fruit, coconut-based products, shell and rubber manufactures, and wooden furniture; rice is imported. The city is a centre for Moro brass ware and bronze ware and a collecting point for shells, which, if not exported, are used mainly for local button manufacture. A large wharf accommodates inter-island and oceangoing vessels. The city is the southern terminus of the Pan-Philippine Highway. – Written by : The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. 
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What to Do


  • Eco Tour
    • Enjoy Zamboanga’s banner destination, the Sta. Cruz Island, known for its pinkish coralline sand.
  • Industrial Tour
    • The city has s dynamic and wide ranged industrial enterprises comprising of several canning factories, coconut oil mills, plywood factories, ship building/repair companies and cottage industries.
  • Bird Watching Adventure
    • Realize your birding sortie in the southern part of the Philippines.  See for yourself the famous Zamboanga Bulbul,an endemic bird species in the Peninsula.
  • Historical/Cultural Tour
    • Hola! Experience a nostalgic feeling in one of the oldest cities in the Philippines with its strong Spanish influence. Evident with some architectural structures, music, food and the language Chavacano.
  • Farm Tour
    • Zamboanga City enjoying the share of farm tourism market with the NJB Farms and Dragon Fruit farm on the east and west coast of the city. Enjoy carabao-sled ride, mango picking and a visit to the milking station or a tour in the mini-forest. On the east coast, taste the luscious white-fleshed and red-fleshed dragon fruits believed to be medicinal.
  • Culinary Tour
    • Satisfy your discriminating palate, indulge in Zamboanga City’s local cuisine, considered one of the best in the Philippines. A fusion of the east and west, taste our local version of paella, callos, lechon de puerco, arroz valenciana, curacha con sala Alavar and local delicacies like Rebusao, chicalang, tamales, dulce sampalok, lokot-lokot and alfajor.

*****Credit to Zamboanga City Tourism Office.


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