WHY VISIT ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY?
- It is the home of Sibug-Sibug Festival, a colorful ethnic street dancing filled with various activities.
- It is known as “the Kalamansi Capital”, 2nd largest rubber plantation and 1st on export.
- Surprisingly, few do know that it is the official “TALABA/oyster capital of the Philippines”. They produce the largest, freshest, heaviest, export-quality oysters. It was awarded as the home of the world’s longest oyster grill💙💙💙 Read about the seafood capital of the Philippines: PANAY ISLAND: Roxas City, Capiz to Aklan
- It is strategically located at the heart of Zamboanga Peninsula.
- It is the 4th youngest province and the 81st in the alphabetical arrangement of provinces.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Point of entries are: Zamboanga, Pagadian or Dipolog. There are buses heading to Zamboanga Sibugay. Ipil is the capital; tricycle and jeepneys are common transportation. It is easy to get to places since people are friendly here.
KALAMANSI is the counterpart of lemon in the Philippines. They are commonly used as a dip or marinade to sour the meat or as juice drink. It is also best squeezed on pancit, a local noodle. In Zamboanga Sibugay, softdrinks are not the most sought after thirst quenchers but kalamansi juice.
If you haven’t seen stilt houses and are afraid to visit the farther south like Tawi-tawi and Sulu, then Sibugay is the perfect place to witness and experience them. Read about: TAWI-TAWI:the backdoor of the Philippines
If you think that this province is small, think again. It is one of the underrated tourist destinations in the south yet one of the best.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT:
- Tagbilat Falls
- Buluan Island in Ipil
- Moalboal Cave in Titay
- Litayon Island
- Sibugay Sinking Island in Alicia
- Bangan Island
- Looc-Labuan in Tungawan
- Baluran Falls in Imelda
- Pandilusan Island in Payao
- Tigpalay Falls in Tungawan
- Sea Snake Sanctuary in Olutanga
- Crocodile Sanctuary in Siay
For comparison, check out: NSOCCSKSARGENM: Sultan Kudarat
Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX) is divided into three regions: Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur. Read my adventures on the other provinces and you can base your travel itinerary from my experience.
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”