Zamboanga Peninsula

Zamboanga Peninsula
Zamboanga Peninsula is an exotic melting pot of ethnic lore, culture and spectacular attractions. Zamboanga Peninsula is an administrative region in the Philippines, designated as Region IX. The region consists of three provinces, namely: Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, its component cities of Dipolog, Dapitan, Pagadian, and two independent cities of Isabela and the highly urbanized City of Zamboanga.

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Dipolog City (Zamboanga del Norte) is known for its wild orchids and its sardine industry which stems from the rich fishing area off its shores. It is known as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” through the Western Nautical Highway and has also been called the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines.”

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Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) is also known as the “Shrine City in the Philippines” because the place where Jose Rizal, the National Hero, was exiled. It is also known for the old St. James Parish and the beach resort of Dakak. (c)Photo: Ric Canizares CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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Pagadian City (Zamboanga del Sur) was the center of barter trading among the Malays, Chinese and the local Tausugs, Samals, Subanons and Badjaos in the 13th century. Pagadian City is also known as the “Little Hong Kong of the South” because of its topographical feature that is reminiscent of Hong Kong. It also has an affluent Chinese community that officially celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year. The city of Pagadian is designated as the regional center of Zamboanga Peninsula. (c)Photo: jackoss0001 – Pagadian Project

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Isabela (Basilan) was the southernmost outpost of the Spanish in the Philippines until the fall of Jolo in 1878. Having hosted Catholic residents since 1637, and a Spanish Fort (destroyed in World War II) since 1848, it was likewise the primary naval base of the Spanish in Mindanao until 1899. Named after Queen Isabella II, the city is the southernmost predominantly Christian enclave of the Philippines, and serves as an entry point for trade and commerce of Basilan island. Isabela City is a component city and capital of the province of Basilan. Isabela City continues be under the jurisdiction of Basilan for the administration of provincially-devolved services and functions. But for the administration of regional services, the city is part of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region despite the rest of Basilan being under the authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (c)Photo: Boarding Gate 101 – Guide to Malamawi Island (a must read article)

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The City of Zamboanga is the only highly-urbanized city in the region. The city is the lone member of BIMP-EAGA in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The City holds the title as the second richest city in Mindanao next to Davao City. Zamboanga City holds more than half of the economy of the region. Zamboanga city also has the largest airport and seaport and the only city in the region with most investors. (c)Photo: Wowzamboangacity – MGM, CC BY 3.0

Daily flights to most parts of Zamboanga Peninsula is available.

Sanghan Outback Trail Riding

Calo Horse Farm Cabadbaran Agusan del Norte
Nature and Horses, what could be more perfect than that!

Calo Horse Farm offers english ride training for those who are interested in how to properly mount a horse.

Experience Sanghan Outback Trail Riding!

If you love wandering around, nature sight-seeing while riding on a horse, a visit to Calo Horse Farm is just about perfect. Calo Horse Farm offers trail riding to horsemen-tourists in the great Sanghan outback.

Sanghan Outback Adventure

Calo Horse Farm is also open to educational tours that are interested in trees, wild birds, candles & horses. Calo Horse Farm also caters to big group camping up to 1,300 pax.

Calo Horse Farm Camping Site

Sanghan is in between the town of Remedios T. Romualdez (R.T.R.) and the City of Cabadbaran which it is part of. Sanghan is just a few minutes away from Butuan City.

Surigao del Sur Tourist Destinations

Surigao del Sur
A coastline blessed with stunning natural wonders devoid of mass tourism, Surigao del Sur is your dream holiday get-away.

Visit the horseshoe-shaped island in Cagwait Beach is fringed with trees and glimmering waters. Swim, get tanned, and camp in this serene enclave. Britania Group of Islands is a must-do activity if you fancy island hopping. Get acquainted with the 24 islets rising above the seafloor. Marvel at the sight of Kanlota, Taguan, Minasingin, Isla Verde, and Panlanggan Forest Island among others. Then end the day by camping in Boslon Island.

Enchanted River
Dive into the deep cerulean waters of the Enchanted River in Hinatuan. Its shallow part that opens to the sea has emerald waters. At noon, feed the schools of orange fish and be mesmerized by the mystical sight of orange against blue!

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Surfing in Surigao del Sur is widely known and have been one of the local and tourist attractions. This extreme sport can be found in Cantilan and Lanuza. Another sport being played is the skimboarding in which several municipalities has been attracting tourists. Go chase the Magkawas Falls and take a dip in its refreshing catch basin. Nearby, you can find the striking Lanuza Marine Park, an impeccable spot for diving and snorkeling!

Surigao del Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the CARAGA region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tandag City. Surigao del Sur is located at the eastern coast of Mindanao and faces the Philippine Sea.

Getting there by air, there are daily flights from Manila to Butuan City, where the nearest airport is located.

By sea, if coming in from the north the nearest port is Lipata (Surigao del Norte) with ferries running to and from Manila, Cebu and Liloan (Southern Leyte). Nasipit port located in Butuan is closer the southern part of Surigao del Sur.

By land, from Davao City’s Ecoland terminal, take a bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig). From Butuan Integrated Bus Terminal in Butuan City (Agusan del Norte), there are buses that go directly to Mangagoy (Bislig). From San Franz (Agusan del Sur) there are also buses and vans bound for Mangagoy (Bislig).