Zamboanga del Sur

Locals speak mostly Cebuano, but you’ll also hear a bit of English and Chabacano.

For a new food experience, try the local Tausug favorites of tiula itum. This ginger-and-turmeric-infused black soup is served hot and spicy. It’s made from either beef or chicken, but the meat that gives it its dark color is burned coconut meat. More traditional palates might prefer satti – small strips of sautéed meat on a stick.

Don’t miss the Magayen Festival in September, a week-long gathering, celebrating unity in diversity and good harvest. Here you can enjoy unique cultural dances from each ethnic group, learn about their traditional costumes, or buy showcased arts and crafts.