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Zamboanga City, Philippines

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Modern Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Zamboanga CityModern Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Zamboanga City
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Zamboanga City is a city on the southernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula, in eastern Mindanao, Philippines. Covering 1,483 sq km (572 sq mi), it is the third largest city in the Philippines by area, and the sixth most populous, with a population of 950,000 (2011 estimate).

Zamboanga City is 850 km (460 mi) from Manila and 676 km (365 mi) from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Zamboanga City faces the Sulu Sea to the west, Sibuguey Bay to the east and Basilan Strait to the south. Across the strait is Basilan Island.

Zamboanga City is today an important seaport and economic hub for western Mindanao. It has an international airport which receives domestic and international flights from neighboring destinations.

Paseo del Mar Promenade, Zamboanga CityPaseo del Mar Promenade, Zamboanga City
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Zamboanga City experiences a tropical wet and dry climate. Temperature is quite uniform throughout the year, ranging from 75°C (23.9°F) to 89°C (31.7°F). October is the wettest month, with 165 mm (6.5 in) of precipitation, while March is the driest month, with only 46 mm (1.8 in).

How to go to Zamboanga City

The Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM) is the third busiest airport in Mindanao after the airports in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City. It receives flights from Manila, Cebu, Davao and Tawi Tawi.

Great Santa Cruz Island, ZamboangaGreat Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga
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Places of Interest in Zamboanga City

  1. Fort Pilar
    17th century fort built by the Spanish colonial administrators, today housing a regional museum.
  2. Great Santa Cruz Island
    Island to the south of Zamboanga City that is a popular beach destination.
  3. Modern Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
    Roman Catholic cathedral for the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, and one of the largest modern cathedrals in Asia.
  4. Paseo del Mar
    Waterfront park next to Fort Pilar.

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