Revenge Journey? Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) is Prepared for You


Team Out of City Weblog Hub ( – After being caught at house for greater than a 12 months, it’s solely pure that it would be best to start to journey once more. If you’re in search of a trip spot that can fulfill your sense of wanderlust, Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) is the spot for you.

This area, positioned on the Southernmost portion of the Philippine archipelago, will make up for greater than a 12 months and a half of mobility restrictions with its unspoiled pure wonders. Between delectable dishes, a vibrant tradition, a wealthy historical past, and loads of enjoyable adventures; you identify it, they’ve it in ZamPen.

Earlier than I’m going additional, let me handle the proverbial query: is it secure to go? Sure, it’s! You’ll expertise what a gaggle of journey influencers invited by the Tourism Promotions Board and the Division of Tourism, Area 9 are raving about.

I used to be fortunate sufficient to be a part of this journey, which highlighted 3Hs – Habi (weave), Hilom (wellness), and Halal (delicacies) within the cities of Isabela and Lamitan in Basilan, Zamboanga Metropolis, and the municipalities of Kumalarang and Lapuyan in Zamboanga del Sur.


Though Lamitan is part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Area in Muslim Mindanao, a 3H tour isn’t full with out paying homage to Nationwide Residing Treasure or Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee Apuh Ambalang Ausalin.

The creator with Apuh Ambalang Ausalin

Apuh Ambalang is acknowledged for her position in preserving Yakan’s artwork of tennun weaving.

We visited her at her GAMABA Weaving Middle, the place she and her neighborhood of weavers are maintaining the custom alive and ensuring the youthful era learns the craft too. The Basilan College of Residing Custom in Isabela Metropolis additionally promotes tennun and different indigenous crafts, music, and dance.

Other than Basilan, a neighborhood of Yakan weavers will also be discovered on the Yakan Village in Zamboanga Metropolis. The village is a set of stalls that sells tennun and different native crafts. Additionally they display weaving to guests.

Tennun on display at the Yakan Village in Zamboanga City
Tennun on show on the Yakan Village in Zamboanga Metropolis

Zamboanga Metropolis, a melting pot of cultures, additionally showcases Pis Siyabit, the handwoven material of the Tausugs of Sulu. ZamSulu Crafts, positioned at The Azurra Resort positioned at Sto. Nino Village, Putik, sells desk runners, shirts, and luggage; plus mats and dolls made by the ladies of Sulu.

In Zamboanga del Sur, we visited the weavers of Kumalarang and Lapuyan.

Anybody in search of colourful mats with intricate designs ought to come to the Kumala Weavers in Kumalarang, which is run by a household of weavers.

The Kumala Weavers of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur
The Kumala Weavers of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur

The Dacula household has saved the artwork of weaving alive for greater than a century and is passing it right down to the subsequent era. Every mat they promote is a masterpiece and displays the group’s tradition and custom.

Lower than an hour away from Kumalarang is Lapuyan, house of the Subanen individuals.

Subanen dancers
Subanen dancers

After cultural shows, some carried out on a deck overlooking Lapuyan waterfalls, and a go to to their heritage home, our group visited their Kabuhayan Weaving Middle. The institution sells conventional Subanen clothes and weaves made by differently-abled individuals.


What’s a trip with out meals?

As colourful as their weaves are the area’s delicacies. Halal is an Arabic phrase meaning ‘permissible’.

Cooking demo by the Subanens
Cooking demo by the Subanens

In Isabela Metropolis, the Marang Marang Girls’s Affiliation ready a banquet of heirloom recipes of the Sama and Tausug cultural communities. We had oko-oko, a Sama sea-urchin delicacy; utak-utak, a fish cake; putli mandi, steamed rice cake; and junay, a packed rice dish wrapped in banana leaves with burnt coconut meat and numerous spices.

delicious junay is usually partnered with egg
scrumptious junay is normally partnered with egg
oko-oko, one of the group's favorites
oko-oko, one of many group’s favorites
Putli mandi paired with mangoes
Putli mandi paired with mangoes

Speaking about instagrammable meals spreads, to not be outdone was our Malamawi White Seaside’s seafood feast of crabs, which included curacha, fish, prawns, shells, and squid. Equally memorable was our gastronomical journey by Lamitan Metropolis’s famed Bulingan Falls. We had curacha cooked in bagoong sauce, tiyula itum or black beef soup, shells cooked in coconut milk served inside a squash, and prawns in Alavar sauce.

Lunch by the falls. This is Bulingan Falls
Lunch by the falls. That is Bulingan Falls

Alavar sauce, a mix of coconut milk, crab roe paste, and numerous spices, is initially served in Alavar Seafood Restaurant in Zamboanga Metropolis.

In Zamboanga Metropolis, our group additionally sampled Jimmy’s satti, or grilled meat skewers, that are served with a candy and spicy pink sauce; Palmera’s Knickerbocker, a halo-halo like dessert; Woodland Ranch’s tiyula Itum; and Dennis Espresso Backyard’s pastil, an empanada like dish dipped in candy vinegar and Bangbang sampler, which incorporates biyaki or corn cake; wadjit, much like biko, and daral, a crepe with bukayo filling.

We had our satti in Nice Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga Metropolis. Our gracious tour director, Errold Lim Bayona of iTravel Vacationer Lane, made certain we don’t depart Zamboanga Metropolis with out having this breakfast staple.

Other than that, he additionally served deep-sea crabs, prawns, tuna, squid, and fruits cooked by members of the neighborhood.

In Kumalarang, we had been served crabs, hen piaparan, prawns, and numerous rice muffins on the Kumala Weaving Middle. The lunch was served in an elaborate moro-style setting known as pagana.

In Lapuyan, we discovered the method of creating a rice cake known as thimo, which is normally served throughout particular events. It’s manufactured from glutinous rice, coconut milk, ginger juice, brown sugar, rock salt, and lemongrass wrapped in a wild leaf.


Nature has the ability to heal and soothe us. All of us had our much-needed Vitamin D on the White Sand Seaside of Malamawi Island and the Pink Sand Seaside of Nice Sta. Cruz Island.

Malamawi White Sand Beach
Malamawi White Sand Seaside

Malamawi White Sand Seaside is dubbed the crown jewel of Basilan’s tourism, and rightly so. It has a protracted, large stretch of sentimental, grainy white sand and calm turquoise water.

The Nice Sta. Cruz Island, which was named one among Nationwide Geographic’s 21 finest seashores on the earth in 2017, is understood for its pink sand. The colour comes from pulverized pink organ pipe coral blended with white sand.

Yellow Boat Mangrove Tour
Yellow Boat Mangrove Tour

We additionally had our commune with nature on the mangrove forests of each Malamawi Island and Nice Sta. Cruz Island.

Each mangrove cruises are run by neighborhood members, so once we take these excursions, we give again to the neighborhood members who make sure that we will expertise these pure wonders.

The Yellow Boat tour of Nice Sta. Cruz island additionally permits visitors to work together with stingless jellyfish and harvest sea grapes. On the finish of the tour, every customer has the chance to journey in a vinta, a standard outrigger boat.

Subanen Hilot. Photo by Marky Ramone Go of Nomadic Experiences
Subanen Hilot. Picture by Marky Ramone Go of Nomadic Experiences

Aside from nature’s therapeutic powers, a couple of members of our group additionally had an opportunity to strive Subanen’s historical therapeutic artwork, or hilot, at their heritage home.


It was not my first time in that a part of the Philippines, however as its tagline goes, #OnceAgainZamPen! This space is certainly meant to be skilled extra than simply as soon as, and it nonetheless managed to shock and delight. In reality, I’m sure this place nonetheless has extra surprises up its sleeves.

As quickly as its doorways are open once more for vacationers or while you really feel secure to journey, go to ZamPen. In any case, life is extra enjoyable in Zamboanga Peninsula!

The group adopted strict security protocols the whole journey. Every underwent an RT-PCR check earlier than and on the finish of the journey. Masks had been worn the whole time (besides when consuming), face shields had been worn indoors, and social distancing was strictly noticed. #SafeTripPH

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