Living in Zamboanga City, Philippines:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Zamboanga City, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 42 people living in Zamboanga City what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Our City is calledia’s Latin City because of our language. We are a mix of Spanish-speaking people and there’s a lot of old buildings. The City is south of Zamboanga Peninsula and is proud of its cuisine. We are peace-loving people and we are very proud of our heritage.

Our city is the Sardine’s capital of the Philippines for we manufacture tons of sardines compared to other cities. Chavacano is the dialect of the people, it is influenced by the Spanish language. The people of Zamboanga are called ZamboangueƱos or ZambongueƱas. We are famous for having varieties of sumptuous seafood like crabs and shrimps.

Josiah, says: 2020

Before moving to Zamboanga City, you must consider one important factor. We have a unique dialect that is quite similar to Spanish. It is called Chavacano. You might find it strange at first, however you don’t have to worry because people in Zamboanga can speak English, Filipino and other dialects. We have such a diverse culture that people are willing to adjust to someone who is new to the place.

Zamboanga city is the City of Flowers in the Philippines. Aside from being beautiful, this city is also peaceful and prosperous in variety of fresh seafood and crops. In additions, people of Zamboanga known as the Chavacanos are very kind and hospitable that make foreign individual feel at home. The city government is highly responsible with their duties.

Zamboanga city is in the south of the country. Our city has a unique dialect known as “Chavacano” which is thought to have a Spanish origin. The city is known for delicious foods, especially our seafood cuisines. The pink-sand beach is one of the known tourist spots of the city.

Maryjoy, says: 2020

The people of Zamboanga speaks in Chavacano and it is compose of diverse ethnic tribes. Zamboanga is the Ciudad de Flores or the City of Flowers in Mindanao. You can visit some of the beautiful places in Zamboanga such as Merloquet Falls, Paseo Del Mar, Fort Pilar and so more.

Gabrielle, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is the city of flowers because of its unique festivities. Apart, from that tourist are also intrigued by the dialect local people use. The dialect Chavacano, which is a mix of Portuguese, Spanish and Tagalog dialect. Our city also offers variety of traditional and delectable Muslims like chicken pianggang and tiyula itum.

Elijah, says: 2020

Someone moving to Zamboanga City should consider the dialect spoken of the natives here. He also needs to consider that the citizens in Zamboanga is diverse. The city is rich in culture coming from the different upbringings of its people coming from the city’s neighboring islands and main peninsula.

Haydee, says: 2020

When going into the capital, beware of lifters. Without you knowing, your pocket already has nothing to serve because your wallet was taken away. Our city might have negativities, but we can offer the utmost possible joy and happiness to you. Aside from that, we are green lover, which means we preserve our nature.

Jacqueline, says: 2020

Learn the language first before moving in. Look for the availability of jobs for you and a good place for you and your family. Our city can be chaotic sometimes so be sure of your safety before deciding to transfer. We have delicious foods available only in our city that tastes like heaven. find some friends around your vicinity to build socials.

Zamboanga City is the Asia’s Latin City as it inherited some of the Spanish practices, particularly the language, which is chavacano. It is also known for its delicious delicacies such as the ‘chupa kulo’ and ‘kasag’. Zamboanga is one of the largest cities in the Philippines and the locals are known for their ‘spanish-like dialect’. Zamboanguenos are also funny people and the city is also known for its flowers, which is why it is often called ‘hermosa’.

Shinee, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is considered the Asia’s Latin City. People here loves to eat delicious food. Zamboanga City is a diverse city. Chavacano is the language that we’re using and considered as our mother tongue. Visiting Zamboanga is incomplete without trying our delicacies. Curacha is a kind of crab that you should try if you’re here.

Zamboanga city is the city of flower. As a city is known as asia latin city which is local dialect is a little bit of Spanish words. We have beautiful island and being called sta cruz island or known as pink island. people are very accommodating and simple with a smile that catches interest most of the visiting tourist.

Nathalie, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is known for its different food so you will have a lot of options when it comes to food. It’s not overpopulated so traffic will not be a problem. despite having a limited option when it comes to the malls you shouldn’t really worry about it as the malls we have all kinds of leisure activity that will be found in other big cities.

Danielle, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is filled with a culturally diverse group of people and it is also considered the Asia’s Latin City. Someone who decides to move on in my city shall learn on how to get along with people or in other words, must have a strong foundation of communication and socializing skills.

The weather in Zamboanga is unpredictable so to be safe always bring an umbrella with you. When commuting, it is important to know the fare price to your destination first before agreeing with the tricycle driver to avoid of being scammed. If you’re going to spend the night out, it is highly recommended to visit the bars and stalls at Pasonanca.

Our city is a pre hispanic colonial and rich in natural resources, in fact, it is the sardines capital of the Philippines. It has a beautiful heritage with a diverse and unique culture. you will discover a pink island with the biodiversity of school of fish. Chavacano is the mother tongue that is the only city of the Philippines with the highest people using it. Foods are authentic and people of this city have great taste in food.

The spoken language used by Zamboanguenos is Chavacano. It’s quite difficult to learn Chavacano.

Joanne, says: 2020

Zamboanga is one of the places in Philippines that has a dynamic cultures and the different cultures here is very versatile. Even though we have different cultures and languages we still understand each other and we get along well. The different cultures and language that we have in Zamboanga City is one of our greatest strengths because we are united.

Mikhaela, says: 2020

For someone moving here, know my city have witnessed more than half of my country’s history. throughout the years, the people did a good job in preserving the historical culture. It is said to be Asia’s Latin City, and I couldn’t agree more. When you get the chance to visit here, you will absolutely witness the traditions and culture imparted to us by the Spaniards during the Spanish colonization through the built of building and houses, the form of transportation, the different museums and most importantly the different churches built all over the city.

Angelica, says: 2020

They must be careful and they must be kind and honest. They must not be afraid on moving here. And our city is very kind and relaxing place for other people who are stress on work, financial problems,, etc. and don’t worry, you will not be having a bad experience on exploring and moving here.

Our city is a very good and nice city. It is a city with friendly and hospitable people were you can make a lot of friends. We have a lot of tourist destination. And there are a lot of good foods to eat. feel free to move to our city and enjoy living here.

Juvian, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is “Asia’s Latin City” since our culture and dialect is greatly similar to Mexican culture. The people in our city is extremely hospitable and kind. We don’t have much tourist visits, but when we do, we encourage them to try on our delicacies and visit many beautiful islands in our archipelago.

Gilbert, says: 2020

There are a lot of Mcdonald’s and Jollibee here. If they are hungry there will always be a fast food chain nearby. They should also know that we speak Chavacano which is very similar to Spanish. There are also a lot of places they can always go to when they are bored and most importantly, we have delicious food.

Zamboanga City is the “City of Flower” and is considered the high first highly urbanized city in Zamboanga Peninsula, our dialect is called Chavacano, a spanish based creole language. We also have some good tourist spot like, pink sand beach, good food and the people are very hospitable.

I want everyone visiting my City to know about its diverse culture, unique language, and majestic tourist spots. I want to show the visitors how we stand the blend of our culture creates a beautiful ambiance in the community. Also, I want to let them know that through our Chavacano dialect our city is calledia’s Latin City. Finally, I want to let them behold the wonderful blessings of nature.

It is not a simple city but a unique city. We have a dialect which is the “Chavacano” (a Spanish Creole Multilingual Language) and zamboanga is not a Muslim city, but still it has a lot of Muslim but they are very friendly.

If someone considers to live in my city for the first time, I would want them to know this city is a beautiful city with lots of unexplored wonders that waiting to be discovered. People are easy-going and friendly; it wouldn’t be that hard to cope. food is a heaven-sent! There are a lot of different cuisines that one can choose from.

Millicent, says: 2020

Someone moving to Zamboanga City should know we’re hospitable inhabitants. My city is the Asia’s Latin city, so our dialect sounds more like the Spanish language. We have colorful boats and beautiful beaches that attracts tourists. Someone moving here would absolutely enjoy the city.

Johnvic, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is Asia’s Latin City for the dialect that we speak here. It is in mindanao and most people from our country think of my city somehow as a dangerous place. But what they don’t know about this place is that people also live harmoniously, with all the diverse cultures that are present here. The smiles of the people are warm and we have such amazing land and water attractions and a lot of delicious foods and delicacies.

Victoria, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is the richest city in terms of fisheries and agricultural products. This city is where most businesses get their raw materials for their food business. Not only are the people very much hospitable and friendly but also they are kind and generous. We have a lot of tourist spot here that foreigners visit.

Juvian, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is the Asia’s Latin City because the people in this city are still using a spanish mix words. Zamboanga City is also known as the city that is practicing barter. Barter is an act of trading goods from one country to another. That’s why you can see lots of good from another country.

Alexandria, says: 2020

Our city is unique because of its Chavacano language so it is best to consider learning it in a short time but it is just optional since most can understand either English or Tagalog. But some advantages in learning it are easy communication and difficult to be taken advantage of by locals.

Zamboanga City is a very diverse city. Everyone respects every religion, race and gender. My city is “Asia’s Latin City” because of the unique culture influenced by Spanish during their colonization period. It is evident on the city’s local dialect called “Chavacano. The food and the way of living was also changed.

Yvonne, says: 2020

Zamboanga City is the Asia’s Latin City, which means that people are speaking in “Chavacano” that sounds like Latin or Spanish, which makes the dialect here interesting to hear and learn. There are also beautiful spots found in the City, one of them is “Pink Island” or the Great Sta. Cruz Island. It is famous for its pink coralline sand, hence the name Pink Island.

Richan, says: 2020

I am from Zamboanga City, we are known as the Asia’s Latin City. tourists who comes to visit the place are amazed by the dialect we speak. We are also a mixture of cultures, from Muslims to Visayans. Our food in our City is usually a fusion of Spanish, Chines, Muslims and other influences.

Zamboanga City is dubbed as the “Asia’s Latin City”, you’ll see a Spanish influence in this city, than in the rest of the country. Our people are very proud of our cultural roots and heritage. Zamboanga may not seem to be a safer place to travel for foreigners, but as a resident of this city, it is a great place.

Kathryn, says: 2020

For someone moving here you should, at the very least, know the following: brownout is almost everyday, officials are incompetent, rivers are very dirty, crimes are everywhere, schools are not effective for learning, on the other hand, we have many great beaches, scenery, mountains in the rural areas of the city.

Zamboanga City is in the Mindanao part of the beautiful country, Philippines. It is a home of many cultures like Visayan, Chavacano, Muslim, Subanen, and more. It is where diverse indigenous people live together peacefully. I love interacting with the different cultures.

Michelle, says: 2020

Zamboanga is a huge and rich city. Although it is situated on the southern part of the Philippine archipelago, Zamboanga is a good place to live, with people who are very hospitable, and abundant culture. If you like seafood, fresh vegetables, green surroundings, Zamboanga is a place to stay. For me, Zamboanga is a good mix of rural and urban areas, you have a mountain within a city, isn’t that fascinating?

I am from Zamboanga City also known as Asia’s Latin City. You can expect to be received with open arms and hospitable people. Our language is Chavacano and it is a Spanish creole. Our city is a melting pot of Christian and Muslim cultures which creates beautiful and colorful blend of different foods, architecture and traditional clothing unique to our city.

Zamboanga City is known to be the Asia’s Latin City. It is also known for having good food and delicacies such as Satti, Kuracha, Pastil, Mee Goreng and many more. Zamboanga City is also known as the “City of Flowers”. Zamboanga City is home of different indigenous cultural communities. A lot of people think that this city is not safe but once you see the beauty of the place and all the people living here, you can say that it is a home to everyone.

Expedito, says: 2020

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