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Zamboanga, Philippines

Zamboanga City | Fort Pilar and Paseo Del Mar

When in Zamboanga City

It was one October night when my mom told me of her wish of us hopefully spending Christmas in her hometown this year. We were deep in conversation about family and heart matters when she opened up the subject. After that night, I was determined to grant what she desired to give her happiness this holiday season. God thankfully heard my prayers so we were able to travel to Zamboanga City.

We had a simple yet absolutely blissful Christmas. I enjoyed and currently am enjoying the ambiance of my grandfather's home - it's stress-free, and satisfyingly laid-back. It was a great change of scenery as what I have said in this blog post.

On the 26th, my mom planned for us to see what her hometown has to offer. She brought us first to Fort Pilar, a 17th-century military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial government. The fort, which is now a regional museum of the National Museum of the Philippines, is a major landmark of the city and symbol of its cultural heritage. Outside the eastern wall is a Marian shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, the patroness of the city. (source)

Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City
Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City

Fort Pilar is now an outdoor Roman Catholic Marian shrine and a regional branch of the National Museum of the Philippines. Inside the fort, only the southern structure is still in ruins; inside and outside the fort is a well-maintained garden. The Paseo del Mar, a reclaimed esplanade, protects the fort from the ravages of the sea.

Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City
Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City
Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City

After seeing the Royal Fort of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza, we went to Paseo Del Mar until it became dark. Famous landmarks from different countries were built there and when the sun set, they lit up. It was not that grand but it was beautiful.

Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City

Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City

Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City

It was a tiring day but a really enjoyable one. Bonding with my mom and siblings only happens once in a while so I'm very thankful that this trip really happened.

How were your Christmases? I hope you all had a great time. 1 more day till 2017 guys! Are you ready? Because I am! 😁


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Renee Alexis Taladua, 26, is a licensed metallurgical engineer who has left the field in search of a more fulfilling work lifestyle. She has a great love for books and new adventures. Her Goodreads profile suggests that her taste in books vary over time, depending on her mood and her current life situation.