Sunday, October 9, 2011

love your own..."zamboanga hermosa festival"

Philippines has many festivals to celebrate and one of them is the "Zamboanga Hermosa Festival".

Zamboanga City is located at the southern most part of Mindanao or the Zamboanga Peninsula. It is ranked as the 6th most populous city and the 3rd largest by land area in the Philippines.

The city was founded during the 12th and 13th century, and was ruled by the Spaniards which made the native dialect "Zamboangueno Chavacano". The city is also known as the "City of Flowers", but later on it was changed to as "Asia's Latin City".

The City has a lot to offer to tourists, no matter what culture they're from. During the month of October, the city celebrates there annual festival in honor of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar known as the "Zamboanga Hermosa Festival or commonly known as Fiesta Pilar". It is also considered as one of the oldest festival in the Philippines.

Prior to the day of the celebration, activities are prepared like the Miss Zamboanga. Miss Zamboanga is a beauty contest open to young women and whoever wins the competition will be the face of City for that year..(that's what i understood...hehehe)...other competition is also the "Mascota Competition", this is where fashion designers competes there maskota's or others may know as the local clothing of the early zamboanguenos...also there's the popular vinta race, which is held early morning at the famous RT Lim can see how colorful the vintas of zamboanga are and this is also the one that represents Zamboanga among other city here in the Philippines. now, on the eve of the feast day, the street dance competition is held with participants from different schools and can experience the local music and the wonderful colors that the city provides...after so, a procession is held to honor Our Lady of the Pilar at it's shrine at Fort Pilar. The locals believe that the lady has served as the unifying culture and historical symbol.

street dancing

regatta race


street dancing

procession to the shrine

mascota competition


 miss zamboanga pageant

Aside from the events, you can also try the different delicacies the province offers. we are also known for our CURACHA (a kind of crab...hehehe)...and one of the sought out place to visit is Alavar Seafood  Restaurant. also, you can try satti...a spicy delicacy that's worth trying specially when your'e fond of spicy foods... and there are more to try...^_^



well, regardless of festivals the city has a lot to offer even on ordinary days. there are plenty of tourists spots that you can visit. these includes: Fort Pilar, The Metropolitan Cathedral Church, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, The Zamboanga City Hall..these are some of the historical buildings in the province.

inside fort pilar/national museum

fort pilar shrine

 metropolitan cathedral

zamboanga city hall

aside from building we also have parks and other destinations that encourage local and tourist to visit the city. such as; Paseo del mar, Sta Cruz Island, Pasonanca Park, Jardin de Maria, Cawa-cawa or RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga Golf and Country Club, Plaza Pershing and many more...

 jardin maria clara lobregat

 maria clara lobregat monument

 jose rizal monument

 merloquet falls

 paseo del mar

 pasonanca pool

 dullian falls

 zamboanga golf and country club

golf beach

sta. cruz island 

rt lim boulevard

set aside those negativity and do visit and explore the place i call home "Zamboanga City"...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

next destination...

As to what I've read, traveling helps build out relationships. You tend to get closer and know much more of that person during the periods you explore something new...

Well, as what I've said from my previous blog that there are things you can explore and experience in your own country. so, for my second choice of destination would like to visit PALAWAN.

First and foremost, i haven't been to this place to but through some forums I've read one of the most sought out travel destination in the Philippines is PALAWAN. It's an island province located in the Visayas region (region IV) , with it's capital city Puerto Princesa.

The island has a lot to offer to locals and tourists as well. It is like the sanctuary of nature..The island offers beautiful beaches and scenery. There are also lots of tour packages that you can avail in the internet depending upon your budget.

i have read one of the package that some tour guides provide is the city tour. locations like the butterfly garden, the crocodile farm and many other more.. there's also the underground river tour..this is what i wanna experience also, and if i'm not mistaken it is part of the 7 wonders..correct me if i'm wrong.. and the other one is the honda bay tour.. i know not much of this packages but i've heard it's worthy.

if you just wanna explore the beaches and have some relaxations, there's a lot of beaches to choose from and from the photos i've seen so far they sure very captivating and enchanting..actually i'm not a beach bum, but with beaches such as el nido will truly make you love nature more and appreciate how wonderful and miraculous life is to have such wonders around us..

palawan has plenty to offer. no matter what part of the province you'll visit there's plenty to discover. i bet, one day i'll get to blog my own personal experience with regards to the till then... ^_^