There is a strong military presence here. Security is a concern in this part of Mindanao. But Zamboanga’s people are a mix of Spanish and Muslim and light-skinned and dusky. If you look closely, you’ll find a people more together than apart.
Don’t miss visiting the mangroves, catching a glimpse Badjao houses on stilts by the water’s edge, and touring one of the surrounding rubber plantations and factories. American Rubber Co., the Philippines’ first commercial rubber plantation, was established by Dr. James Strong in the early 1900s.