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Snapshots from Zamboanga: The Asia's Latin City (Part 1)


Great Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga

Zamboanga City, an urban city located in the southernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao, Philippines. It is also known as The Asia's Latin City (Ciudad Latina de Asia ZamboangueƱo Language or Chavacano) mainly because of their a strong Hispanic or Latin influence. The city, today, which has an international airport also serves as the entry point in the Philippines to many destinations in Southeast Asia.

Seat sale definitely paved my way to this city and so let me give you a little glimpse to what is in Asia's Latin City with the following photos:

1) After arriving from the airport we directly went to Jimmy's Satti Haus, a place known for it's spicy skewers with hot and spicy sauce.

Jimmy's Satti Haus, Zamboanga

Jimmy's Satti Haus, Zamboanga

Jimmy's Satti Haus, Zamboanga

2) Fort Pilar's Marian Shrine, which is orignally named as La Fuerza real de San Jose, is dedicated to Our Lady of the Pilar (patroness of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga).

Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City

3) Sta. Cruz Islands. The Great Sta. Cruz Island (Pink Sand Beach), where we have been via reservations from the DOT in Zamboanga, is known for it's white beach with a touch of pink from the residues of the pink corals commonly found in the place. The Little Sta Cruz Island is also known for it's white sand beach.

Going to the Great Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga

Great Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga

4) Alavar Seafood Restaurant is known for Chavacano's local dish "Curacha," a spanner crab or red frog crab species commonly found in Zamboanga. The name is somehow close to "Cucaracha" which is the spanish term for cockroach.

"Curacha" at  Alavar Seafood Restaurant, Zamboanga City

Alavar Seafood Restaurant, Zamboanga City

Alavar Seafood Restaurant, Zamboanga City

5) Barter Markets. We have also visited one of the four barter trades in the city which is located in Canelar. These markets have various imported products from its neighboring islands (Malaysia and the like).
Barter Shops, Zamboanga City

Barter Shops, Zamboanga City

Barter Shops, Zamboanga City

6) Pasonanca. We arrived at Pasonanca when it was around twilight and realized that the other parts such as the Boy Scout Grounds, Tree House and others are not available anymore. Hence, we chillaxed at the La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat.

La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat, Pasonanca Park, Zamboanga City

Blue Hour La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat, Pasonanca Park, Zamboanga City

Blue Hour. Pasonanca Park, Zamboanga City

7) Antonio's Steak House is located right outside the La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat where we enjoyed
our dinner of the very affordable "bilao."

Antonio's Steak House, Zamboanga City

Antonio's Steak House, Zamboanga City

8) National Museum. After several attempts of going there and finding out that the museum is closed. We finally got our shot, on our last day, to see the inside of the place. It was a former military defense built by the Spaniards in the 17th century. The place was declared as National Cultural Treasure on August 1, 1973.

National Museum, Zamboanga City

National Museum, Zamboanga City

National Museum, Zamboanga City

Special thanks to Robin, Almin and Chucky for helping my friends and I around the city! :)

Keep posted for the second part of my snapshots from Zamboanga and more posts about the place!

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Updated with my other posts about snapshots in Zamboanga:

Elal of The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography
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Traveling Morion said...

Iluv ur photos!nganga aq;) wish i could visit zamboanga while i am here in mindanao

Elal Lasola said...

Thank you po. :) Hope to see you on the road!

Penfires! said...

Galing ng pics! I haven't been to Zamboanga but it's definitely on my bucket list! Very striking yung colors ng photos mo, nakaka-inspire pumunta =)

it's nice to see malongs too =) i'm using malongs ever since a kid :)

Elal Lasola said...

Thanks! Hope you'd be able to go there soon. Daming malong sa barter shops :)

Chyng said...

while curacha is very expensive in zmb, those deep sea crabs are just part of the buffet spread in marriot hotel! kaloka! di ko sya pinapansin before, pero nung nalaman kong mahal sya, kumain ako bigla. haha

Elal Lasola said...

Super mahal nga, Chyng! Haha Kung ako din yun kakain din ako. Bitin kumain ng curacha pag di sanay. Hehe

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

Would love to try that Curacha yun nga lang baka mamulubi kami sa mahal. Hehehe.

Hindi pala masyadong halatang pink yung sand. Pero isa pa rin yan sa mga dream kong puntahan. Magkano nagastos mo?

Elal Lasola said...

Yakang yaka mo bumili Te Joan! Kaw pa!

Hindi nga pero pag andun ka may mga pink residues talaga sya. hehe

Mga 4.5k 5D/4N all in na. Magpopost ako soon. Pero eto muna kasi may gagamit ata ng pics na to somewhere. hehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

OMG! I adore Alavar Seafood Resto! Craving for their sauce right now :(

travelentz said...

Ohh my gosh!!love the seafoods, makes me hungry..stunning shots.

Elal Lasola said...

Me too, Gay. Ansarap ng sauce kahit nahirapan ako pano kainin ang crabs. hehe

Elal Lasola said...

@travelentz: Thank you! Ang mura ng seafood dish and platter sa Zambo except this Curacha. Hehe

escape said...

the La Jardin del Maria Clara Lobregat is a new spot in Pasonanca. havent seen that when we went there. first to see it here.

Elal Lasola said...

wow. tamang tama pala punta namin. though we missed to visit the park, boy scout atbp na close na at that time. hehehe

TheFrugalWanderer said...

Wonderful pictures! I've been planning to visit Zamboanga for years, but I've always been concerned with my safety. with the Sta. Cruz Island, how much po ang boat ride?

Elal Lasola said...

Thank you! 1000 per boat. So be friendly na lang at makisabay sa ibang groups. Like us tatlo lang kami tapos sumali kami sa ibang pupunta din para sulit. :D

Gemma|My Dailies said...

gusto ko din curacha!!!... ano camera gamit mo? ganda talaga photos!

Elal Lasola said...

Ako rin though di ako marunong kumain. Hehe I'm using Nikon ( Salamat!

kimMie said...

ang ganda po ng mga photos ninyo and thanks for visiting Zamboanga City, 1 po akong ZamboangueƑa. :-)

Ken said...

Great blog...I not been Philippine and planning to be there soon

Elal Lasola said...

@Kimmie: Thanks po :) I had a really great time in Zamboanga :D Nice knowing you.

Elal Lasola said...

@Ken: You should visit Ph soon. You will have loads of places on your bucket list for sure :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

at na-miss ko na naman nag Satti ng Jimmy's... will dedfinitely have my breakfast there pagbalik ko ng Zamboanga City...

I have to visit Sta. Cruz island soon! di ko yan nagawa last time kc mag-isa lang ako eh... :)

Elal Lasola said...

Me too! First time makatikim ng Indian cuisine? :)

Punta ka. Sana makasabayan mo ang mga hot-ness navy na nakasabay namin. HAHA :)

Anonymous said...

NICe shots! Im proud to be Zamboangeno :D

Elal Lasola said...

You should be! I hope I could visit it again and chase waterfalls in your town then!

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