Glimpses: Zamboanga City

by Anna June. 09, 2017 210 views

My little Spanish heart jumps in excitement every time I get to visit this lovely city! I firmly believe that I am from Spanish descent - even to the smallest percentage - and I just can't get enough of the culture here. I love how they speak a mix of Spanish creole, Tagalog, Cebuano, and other major dialects like it's one big language everybody seems to understand. I love the style of their houses and roads, how the tourist attractions all have a touch of Spain on them, and how the influence has been adapted over the years.

Take Fort Pilar for example. It's probably the most prominent landmark in the city and everyone knows what, where, and why it is what it is. Originally built to keep out invaders and pirates, the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (or more fondly known as Fort Pilar) now stands as a magnificent testimony to the history of one of the most colorful cities in the Philippines. 

The name derives from the city's patroness, Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The 17th century fort has since been converted into a national museum after its inauguration as a National Cultural Treasure.

Stone benches and plastic chairs litter the grounds to seat more than a hundred people during liturgical celebrations. I remember locals telling me to visit Fort Pilar on Sundays to witness how it comes to life during Mass.

Stone benches and plastic chairs litter the grounds to seat more than a hundred people during liturgical celebrations. I remember locals telling me to visit Fort Pilar on Sundays to witness how it comes to life during Mass.

Up close. People paying their respects at the altar.

Up close. People paying their respects at the altar.

Sadly, I was only able to go to Fort Pilar during this stay. The first time I was here, we visited Pasonanca Park and the port area where most of the night life happened. Note to self: look for those photos!!!

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