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Tourism in Zamboanga Sibugay

March 8, 2013 Michelle Towns to visit

Map Zamboanga

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Before exploring the travel itinerary in Zamboanga Sibugay, you must be aware that there are three Zamboanga-named provinces and a city in Mindanao. First, Zamboanga Sibugay which is part of the Zamboanga Peninsula along with two other provinces including Zamboanga del Sur, second and Zamboanga del Norte, third. Sibugay’s seat of government is located in Ipil while Pagadian City is the peninsula’s regional center. Zamboanga City is the region’s only highly-urbanized city. These may take you a little time to memorize so it’s better that you include this information in your journey planner.

About Zamboanga Sibugay

Zamboanga Sibugay’s oyster is the most delectable in the country. It is the major supplier within the peninsula as well as the Asia Pacific region. Most of the yield comes from the municipalities of Alicia, Siay and Kabasalan. Most families are dependent in oyster industry which is the province’s economic booster.

Zamboanga traces its roots to the Subanen who lived before the Spanish era. The villages of the aborigines are situated in Tapilisan, Latnapan, Diampak, Siolan and Bangkor. Some of the Subanen’s opted to be professionals while some remained as rubber strippers and kaingeros. They still practice their laws, rituals in war and marriage rites despite of being baptized in the Catholic Church.

Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ) or University of Zamboanga is one of the prestigious university in the province. One of its 8 campuses is located at Ipil which holds 25% of the total enrollees in Western Mindanao.

Zamboanga also uses “Zambo” as its alternative name.

Where to stay

The Subanen accommodation will be enjoyed by budget and lavish travelers. Hotels located in Ipil include Sibugay Grand Plaza, Caza Mea Hotel and Restaurant, Mikasa Pension House and Dianne Palace Hotel.

What to do in Zamboanga

The best time to visit the province is during its foundation day. Every February 26, Sibug-Sibug Festival is celebrated particularly in the town of Ipil which boasts its main attraction, “Talaba Longest Grill,” talaba is the Filipino word for oyster. It is the number one product in the province which produces the largest and juiciest oysters in the country. Plan your travel itinerary in Zambo Sibugay and taste the meatiest oyster in the Talaba Capital of the Philippines.

The province offers a well-preserved nature featuring a stretch of unspoiled white sand with pristine shallow waters in several islands including Buluan Island, Pandilusan Island, Sibugay Sinking Island, Bangan Island and Litayon Island. Enjoy these islands with variety of water activities including jet skiing, fishing, swimming and regatta.

Add a little more adventure on your travel itinerary in the Philippines by visiting the Sea Snake Sanctuary (Olutanga) and Crocodile Sanctuary (Siay) and experience an exciting adventure with these not-so-tamed creatures. You can also add in your travel itinerary a trekking in Mt. Kipit and cave tour at Moalbal Cave (Titay).

How to get there

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Manila to Zamboanga Sibugay by Air

Book a flight bound to Cebu which has a direct access to the Ipil airport. From the airport, there’s sea transportation that will take you to Buluan Island.

Flights bound to Zamboanga City, Dipolog City and Pagadian City is another alternative to reach Zamboanga Sibugay. There are buses bound to Ipil which takes up to 3.5 hours from Zamboanga and 3 to 4 hours from Pagadian and Dipolog.

If you want to explore the tourist spots in Zamboanga, make Zambo Sibugay your first stop.

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