Tag Archives: Zamboanga City

Art and Campaign

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(B)ra to (R)aise (A)wareness

Embellished bras to promote breast wellness as seen in Zamboanga City.

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Bulad

Bulad (dried salted fish) of superior quality is plentiful in Zamboanga City public market. Fried bulad with warm rice as accompaniment is best eaten mano mano (hand as utensil). Moreover, think of bulad as fish bacon.

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Lapu lapu

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Dried squid and isda sa bato (that green one)

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Danggit

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Padjak

In Zamboanga City, padjak means pawnshop.

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National Museum in Zambo

A branch of National Museum of the Philippines in Zamboanga City.

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Black Viands

A couple of Tausug viands where the black color comes from burnt coconut.

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Tula Itum: Spicy beef soup

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Chicken Pianggang: A variant of grilled chicken

The Instant Jamu in Zambo

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This medicinal drink tastes like coffee says the writings in red background at the upper right corner

At the barter centers in Zamboanga City, one can most likely notice the presence of this particular jamu. Jamu is a traditional Indonesian medicinal drink, a herbal concoction of whatnot. 

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Jamu at the barter (and Duralex glassware)

From what I understand of the writings at the back of the carton, Sehat Badan treats varied ailments such as arthritis, asthma, heart disease and more. There is local demand said the Muslim lady tending the stall in the pictures, and she even ships this to a customer based in Leyte. I’ve seen plenty of jamu shops in Yogyakarta, and when I go back, I’ll document more about jamu (and Malay medicine in general). It seems fascinating.

Microretailing Soft Drinks

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Microretailing three kinds of soft drink per cup from its corresponding1.5 liter bottle in this uncomplex vending machine

Zamboangueña Yakult Lady

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Señor Pagi Vendor

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This señor is selling dried pagi (stingray) at Zamboanga City public market

Upon seeing me taking snapshots of his rays, he funnily posed. This señor and the rest of them palengke folks love to have their photographs taken. This is what I’ve observed with palengke vendors anyplace, and so I oblige each time, and they were giggly happy afterwards. I never tried to ask a vendor to pose for me, they just do it, and they’ve consistently amused me.

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Señor's stock of dried pagi in the bamboo basket

More often than not, this sort of welcoming atmosphere gives me a chance for some cordial exchange in bisaya dialect. That’s how I usually acquire firsthand local knowledge of their trade.

Zambo Public Beach

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That's the Naval Forces Western Mindanao in the background

It’s a Sunday and locals trooped to this beach beside the Naval Forces Western Mindanao HQ. There were thousands of people in the beach today, including those from a high school grand homecoming group where one can see banners of different batches in different huts from 60’s to present scattered all over the beach.

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Rocky at the shore but sandy a few meters past it. I went in for an uncomplicated fun of soaking in the waters of Basilan Strait

This government managed beach seems a favorite picnic place of the residents.There were other beaches farther from the city but due to the red alert status, locals don’t venture far. Generally, it has been peaceful here even on the day I arrived where the city was on a triple red alert status.

Basilan Strait Sunset

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Sun starting to go down in Basilan Strait. That's Zamboanga City port over there

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Peaceful feeling in Zamboanga City

Prayer Requests Via Multicolored Candles

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Color coding one's prayer requests and wishes via candles

Snapshots: Ciudad de Zamboanga

Some snapshots of the structures in Zamboanga City.

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Local government building with watchtower

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The most good looking BPI in the country

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Fort Pilar: A very sacred fort worshipped by locals. Apparently there was an apparition here

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Bullet holes from the urban warfare last year and doves near Fort Pilar

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Concrete ventilation design. There is beauty in decay

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Near the mercado (palengke)

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Universidad de Zamboanga

Technicolor Striped Tricycles

The tricycles of Zamboanga City are as colorful as their vintas.

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Rear view looks better than front view

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Reminds me of 7-Eleven

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Front view

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