ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY

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

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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.

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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
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This is what it looks like inside the most beautiful capitol in the Philippines (in terms of facade/exteriors). Interior-wise, Sultan Kudarat’s capitol tops it. This is just my personal opinion.

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.

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE:Dapitan & Dipolog City

ZAMBOANGA CITY

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“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”

-Rachel Wolchin

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ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE:Dapitan & Dipolog City

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DAPITAN CITY: It became popular as it was regarded as the “Shrine City in the Philippines.” Dapitan is a peaceful city that seems very simple and organized. Heritage houses are still inhabited by most residents. There are a number of accommodations along Sunset Boulevard at a reasonable price. Every scenic spot is just a tricycle away and people are very welcoming.

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ST. JAMES CHURCH: What makes this landmark special? Firstly, it is a historical spot where our National hero Jose Rizal was spotted regularly attending mass while he was exiled in Dapitan. It is just across Dapitan City Plaza and a few minutes walk to another tourist spot, the Ilihan Hill (A concrete hike to the achieve a 360-degree-view of the city). Secondly, the 1827 German-European pipe organ was preserved at the choir platform of the church. Thirdly, unlike most baroque style churches in the Philippines, the ceiling is truly captivating. The apex of the central dome is hypnotic.

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RIZAL NATIONAL PARK: Interesting finds include, Jose Rizal’s house while he was in exile for four years between 1892-1896. The entire place was preserved and declared as the José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape. His works where kept in a museum just within the vicinity. You can freely read his letters which are now laminated and projected on the wall. From Sunset Boulevard, tricycle will take around 10 minutes to reach this elevation, located at Talisay facing Dapitan Bay.

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DAKAK BEACH RESORT: You will love the beach front and white sand beach. For day trip, entrance is 1000 Php/head. For overnight, it ranges more or less 5,000-20,000 Php depending on your villa. This place is perfect for couples and large families who want to engage in activities such as diving, kayaking, zipline and so on.

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FANTASY LAND/GLORIA DE DAPITAN: If you miss the city, head on to the nearest theme park. It consists of more than 30 rides and food stalls. They have a rollercoaster for the extremes and a classic carousel but the highlight is their 5D shows similar to Hong Kong’s Disneyland. This is the perfect place to do grocery shopping too.

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RIZAL’S LANDING SITE: Also known as “Punto de Dissembarco De Rizal en Dapitan”. Perhaps this is the most famous landmark in Dapitan as it is found along Sunset Boulevard. The former landing site became a hang out spot for the locals and tourists. You will see a lot of people gathered to watch the sunset by Sta. Cruz Beach while others are feasting on grilled meat and seafood.

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OTHER PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Heritage Houses
  • Aliguay Island
  • Restaurants along Sunset Boulevard

DIPOLOG CITY: It is the home of the most delicious spanish sardines! Everytime I set foot on this city, I take home quite a few bottles. The “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines” has flavors in oil, tomato and chilli. Aside from that, the price is half lower compared to the groceries we find in Luzon. Dipolog is the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” making it the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

IMG_0339.JPGST.VINCENT: It is said to be designed by Jose Rizal during his stay in Dapitan. His former professor urged him to conceptualize the church’s total look. The ceiling has remarkable details carved from wood. Just across is the main park of the city where you can see giant cartoon and movie characters.

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OTHER PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Hike at Linabo peak Sitio Dinginan, Brgy. Lugdungan to for a 360-degree-view of Dapitan, Dipolog and parts of Zamboanga del Norte.
  • Visit Plaza Magsaysay at Herrera Street
  • Trek and swim at Sungkilaw Falls at Barangay Diwan
  • Cliff dive at Sicayab Cliffs in Sicayab-Bucana
  • Spelunking in Libuton Cave at Manukan, Dipolog

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  • GOODTIMES CAFE: It is an artists’ guild mosaic themed cafe located at C. P. Garcia St. Cor. Lopez Jaena St. Biasong, Dipolog City. Visit early for better lighting and bring insect reppelants.

See Related travel post: ZAMBOANGA CITY

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“If we were meant to stay in one place, we would have roots not feet.”