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July 7, 2012

Zamboanga City By Night

It was my first time to travel to Zamboanga City last Monday together with fellow project associates. We spent a week in Zambo City training mayors, municipal health officers, municipal social welfare and development officers and community leaders at Cecille's Catering and Pension House in Tumaga Porcentro. During our last night in Zamboanga City, we decided to roam around and visit the popular and historical places in the city.


First stop was the Paseo Del Mar and its main attraction is the Gyrating and Dancing Musical Fountain. People would come to the park and wait for the fountain to just light up and change colors and heights choreographed with some contemporary music. Paseo del Mar is a night spot for ZamboangueƱos. If you would like to try some local food and listen to local bands, Paseo del Mar is the place to be in Zamboanga.





Of course, there is the nearby Paseo del Pilar, a much smaller park but close to the historic Fort Pilar where the miraculous shrine of our Lady is also located. We stopped by Fort Pilar, bought some candles and went inside this open air church. According to stories, the Virgin Mary appeared in the gates of the Fort to a sentry who at first did not recognize her. He told her to stop but as soon as he recognized that it was the Blessed Virgin Mary, he suddenly fell on his knees.

On September of 1897, a strong earthquake struck the western region of Mindanao. The Virgin Mary made another apparition. According to eyewitness accounts, they saw the virgin standing mid-air over the Basilan Strait, she had her right hand raised to signal the onrushing waves to stop, saving the city from a tsunami.





The shrine still serves as a Church where people would attend mass and pilgrims would flock to seek the intervention of Our Lady. Fort Pilar is now a national museum.

After visiting the shrine we then went to visit the City Hall of Zamboanga city and took pictures of the facade including the Libertad Park just a stone-throw away from the City Hall.





Zamboanga City may be quite sleepy at night but all you need to do is look for the right place to hang out and party with the locals. Adelante Zamboanga!



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