Go deeper into nature in this relatively young, charming province.
Come here for the best source of crustaceans in the Philippines, and for nonstop adventure. Zamboanga del Sur is made up of four bays, three rivers, and three lakes. The area’s first settlers were “river folk” called Subanons or Subanens.
This was once home to Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero. He spent four years of exile here. As long as you’re in Dapitan, you’ll find reminders of this past everywhere you go.
Zamboanga City is called “Asia’s Latin City” because of its Spanish-tinged Chabacano dialect – dating back to the earliest foreign occupation of the Philippines in the 1600’s. This musical language is a huge part of Zamboangeño culture. You’ll find a lot of its influence in local song and dance.
The capital of Basilan province is a natural wonder – a city of islets, surrounded by water, accessible by ferry, and full of white sand and waterfalls.
Travel down south to this distant destination that has its own special charm.