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***LUZON - VISAYAS - MINDANAO***

 

Colorful Vintas

Exotic Zamboanga is the melting pot of the south. Five tribal groups may be found in and around Zamboanga. These are the Badjao, Subanon, Sama, Tausug, and Yakan.

Though the Muslim influence is seen in the architecture, Zamboanga's population is actually 80% Christian with the remaining 20% Muslims.

The more popular attractions in the province are Fort del Pilar ; Pasonanca Park with its botanical garden; Rio Hondo and Taluksangay , both villages where members of the Samal Tribe live in their huts on stilts. For shopping, visitors must go to Lantaka Hotel . The nearby sea becomes afloat with Muslim boats with colorful sails called vintas , filled with handicrafts such as mats, brassware, and handwoven native cloths. The Santa Cruz Island , a 25-minute boat ride away from the city, is unique because of its pink coral beach while Samal Island is best for swimming and snorkeling.

 

 
 
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