Zamboanga Peninsula Category

Rizal’s Relief Map of Mindanao

February 10, 2014

I guess that many Filipinos know that José Rizal was once banished by the Spanish colonial government to Dapitan, Zamboanga in 1892. In fact, I think Dapitan is probably the best-known town associated with Rizal, even more so than Rizal’s hometown of Calamba. What I think most people don’t know... (read more)

Ateneo de Zamboanga University

October 11, 2009

Since I’ve already blogged about Xavier University and the Ateneo de Davao University here way, way before, I figured, why not complete the trio of Mindanao Jesuit schools and feature the Ateneo de Zamboanga University? The main campus of the university is in downtown Zamboanga City while the Tumaga Campus,... (read more)

Western Mindanao State University

November 20, 2007

The Western Mindanao State University is the only public institution of higher learning in Zamboanga City and one of the city’s only three universities together with the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Zamboanga and the newly-promoted (2005) Universidad de Zamboanga. The University was founded as the Zamboanga Normal School in 1918, renamed... (read more)

Fort Pilar

March 28, 2007

If Manila has Intramuros, Zamboanga City has Fort Pilar. The fort is officially called the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, which roughly means the “Royal Force of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza.” The Virgin Mary reportedly miraculously appeared on a pillar in Zaragoza, Spain,... (read more)


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