An easy way to get a feel of Zamboanga City is by visitting the City Hall. The structure itself looks like it came out of the 1800s.
A nice place to pose for a picture would be the Rizal monument with the City Hall at the back.
It is a city to explore. There are some historical facts which I have yet to discover. Maybe in my next trip.
Zamboanga is a small city. But one needs a guide to be fully immersed in the culture and the people. Also it's barter trade is a marvelous treat for bargain shoppers.
Because of the recent crisis that loomed over the city, general impression is that the city is not safe.
There are reminders though in the city but it is not that bad. I felt safe walking at night alone. People are very friendly and they are always smiling.
Port del Pilar is a very good place to see, then the butterfly park. I am sure there are a lot more but, I had other Cities to attend to.
Zamboanga City has it all. It was able to maintain its rich culture and traditions. The mosques, the churches and temples are testaments that it is a city with mixed religions but maintains its peace and tranquility.
Sta. Cruz Islands have the best white, pinkish beaches. Paseo del Mar boasts of its magnificent views and numerous fine dining restaurants and bars. Merloquet Falls in Sibulan are the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever laid my eyes on.
Going around Zamboanga is best during the day as most residents would stay in their homes when the sun sets.
Sta. Cruz Island is a must go to. Make sure to coordinate with the local tourism police to escort you to the island. Zamboanga has a rich culture worth checking out.
When in Zamboanga, visit the Fort Pilar Shrine. Do not miss out and go to Sta. Cruz Island for its famous pink sand.
Just make sure that you coordinate with the Tourism so you be escorted over to that island. The natives there, Samal-Bangingi are very nice and honest.