The Sardine Capital of the Philippines
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Island Grouping Mindanao
Region Region IX
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It has about 1,483.38 km² or about 148,000 hectares of sloping terrain from a surrounding shoreline of coral beaches to mineral-rich mountains. It is also one of the largest cities in the world in terms of area, with over 1,480 km², including its 28 surrounding islands.


The city is located on the southernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula, on the island of Mindanao. It is 460 nautical miles south of Manila, 365 nautical miles northeast of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, and 345 nautical miles northeast of Manado in Indonesia. It is bounded on to the west by the Sulu Sea, to the east by the Moro Gulf, and to the south by the Basilan Strait and Celebes Sea. It is about 1 1/2 hours away by plane from Manila and an hour away from both the cities of Cebu and Davao.


Zamboanga's population as of the 2000 census is 601,794 people in 177,152 households. It is the 6th most populous in the country.


Chabacano is the dominant language in Zamboanga City. Other dialects like Bisaya and the Muslim vernaculars are also spoken in certain communities in the city.


Zamboanga City enjoys a location that is free from the typhoon belt area. March to May is hot and dry, with temperature at 22 degrees Celsius. June to October is rainy. November to February is cool, with temperatures ranging from 22 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. Average humidity year-round is 77%.


The City of Zamboanga is a first class, highly urbanized city in the Philippines and one of the first chartered cities in the country. Zamboanga City is the sixth largest city in the Philippines. Commonwealth Act No. 39 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon on October 12, 1936 in Malacanang created and established it as a chartered city.

Zamboanga City is the center of Western Mindanao for commerce and trade, government and finance, transportation and communication. It has an international airport, a huge port area, and the Zamboanga Freeport and Economic Zone Authority.

It is known as the Sardine Capital of the Philippines because most of the sardine and canning factories are situated in Zamboanga City. It has been involved in the export of marine/aquaculture products, fruits, processed food, furniture/wood products, and many more.

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Date  Title  Action
16 Oct 2010  List of State Universities and Colleges in the Region  View
25 Oct 2007  Market Profile of Region IX  View
22 Aug 2007  Universities  View
21 Aug 2007  Festivals  View
21 Aug 2007  Tourist Attractions  View
21 Aug 2007  Special Interest  View
21 Aug 2007  Major Products  View
21 Aug 2007  Hospitals  View
17 Sep 2010  DA-RFU 9 promotes indigenous plants for good health   View
16 Sep 2010  RP's first organic agriculture school to rise in Zamboanga  View
05 Sep 2010  Zamboanga Peninsula economy improves as AFF accelerates  View
31 Aug 2010  Major Fruit Crop: MANGO  View
08 Jun 2008  Winrock to install solar home panels in Zamboanga  View
20 Apr 2008  PCA plans to increase exports of coco-sugar taken from ?tuba?  View
23 Mar 2008  Zamboanga stakes claim as RP?s top seaweed producer  View
27 Oct 2007  Zamboanga City emerging as RP finance hub in south  View
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