28 Facts About Zamboanga City


Zamboanga City, officially known as the City of Zamboanga, is a city in the Zamboanga Peninsula region of the Philippines.

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On October 12,1936, Zamboanga became a chartered city under Commonwealth Act No 39.

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Zamboanga City is an independent, chartered city and was designated highly urbanized on November 22,1983.

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Zamboanga City Peninsula was settled in the late 12th or early 13th century by the Subanen people; it was the homelands of the ancestors of the Yakan, the Balanguingui, and other closely related Sama-Bajau peoples.

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Zamboanga City was chosen in 1569 as the site of the Spanish settlement and garrison on La Caldera.

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Zamboanga City was one of the main strongholds in Mindanao, supporting colonizing efforts in the south of the island and making way for Christian settlements.

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In 1599, the Zamboanga City fort was closed and transferred to Cebu due to great concerns about attack by the English on that island, which did not occur.

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The Zamboanga City fortress became the main focus of a number of battles between Moros and Spaniards during Spanish rule in the region from the 16th century to the 18th.

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In 1831, the custom house in Zamboanga City was established as a port, and it became the main port for direct communication, trading some goods and other services to most of Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

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Republic of Zamboanga City was established directly on May 28,1899, after the Zamboangueno revolutionary forces defeated the last Spanish government in Zamboanga City.

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In 1920, Zamboanga City ceased to be capital of the Moro Province when the department was divided into provinces in which the city became under the large province of Zamboanga.

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Zamboanga City had gone into exile to the United States in protest against Marcos' declaration of martial law.

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On September 9,2013, a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front under the leadership of Nur Misuari seized hostages in Zamboanga City and attempted to raise the flag of the self-proclaimed Bangsamoro Republik, a state which declared its independence earlier in August, in Talipao, Sulu.

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Southwest and eastern sides of Zamboanga City are bounded by irregular coastlines with generally rocky terrain and occasional stretches of sandy or gravelly beaches.

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Zamboanga City is the 6th most populous in the Philippines and the 2nd most populous in Mindanao after Davao City.

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Zamboanga City was the first to establish its own Catholic diocese in Mindanao.

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Spanish descent is due to Zamboanga city being a historical Spanish fortress reinforced by soldiers from Mexico and Peru.

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Zamboanga City is dubbed as the Sardines Capital of the Philippines, for 11 out of 12 sardines companies in the country are produced here.

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Zamboanga City is a member of East ASEAN Growth Area, a regional economic cooperation initiative between the several countries in Southeast Asia.

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City government of Zamboanga was in a commission form shortly between 1912 and 1914 with an appointed mayor.

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Zamboanga City received its own representation for the Philippine Congress in 1984 when the Regular Batasang Pambansa was convened.

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Zamboanga City's population had reached to 774,407 people since 2007.

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Under Republic Act 9269, Zamboanga City is qualified to have its third district in the House of Representatives.

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Zamboanga City has nineteen seaports and wharves, twelve of them are privately owned and the rest are owned by the government.

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Zamboanga City relies heavily on surface water from the Tumaga River for its water supply.

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The original Zamboanga City Chapter comprised the city of Zamboanga and the three provinces of Basilan, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

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In 2006, the Military Sealift Command hospital ship, USNS Mercy, anchored off the coast of Zamboanga City, to provide medical, dental and veterinary care for the people of the city.

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KCC Mall de Zamboanga City has its convention halls that is located at its East Wing.

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