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 villages.

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