A GLIMPSE OF
ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
The city of the Crescent and the Cross. After the defeat of the
brave warrior Tagal, Kudarat’s brothers, in the famous battle in
the Dumanquillas Bay, Christian culture started to take root in
the peninsula. The marriage of these two cultures, Muslim and
Christian, is best exemplified in the landmark sculpture of the
Crescent and the Cross, which dominates the provincial skyline.
Grand church and imposing mosques mingle in the town that is
known for speaking "Chabacano", a unique mixture of Spanish and
ethnic dialects. The early settlers of Zamboanga were the
Subanons, "people of the river", who set up a fishing and
trading village near the coast and called it Pagadian, a
corruption of the Maguindanao word "padian" or marketplace.
Often referred to as the Philippines’ own "little Hong-kong",
Pagadian boasts of its idyllic islets and tribal boathouse