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Region 9 - Western Mindanao
Western Mindanao is an exotic melting pot of ethnic lore, culture and spectacular natural attractions. It is composed of Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Zamboanga Del Norte
Dipolog is the capital of Zamboanga del Norte Province. The main attractions include the Holy Rosary Cathedral and Linabo Peak. Natural attractions include Sicayab Beach, and Pamansalan Oisca Forest Park and Waterfalls. Dapitan is a twin city of Dipolog and considered as "The Shrine City of Western Mindanao" because it is where Dr. Jose Rizal spent five years in exile from 1892 and 1896. The Rizal Shrine is the major attraction and contains the main residence, two clinics, a schoolhouse, amphitheater, and the Rizalania, a modern building with various Rizal memorabilia. Other attractions in Dapitan include the Catholic Rectory and St. James Church, Dapitan Bay and Dakak Cove. Other attractions in the province include Alano Beach and Bayangan, Silinog and Aliguay Islands.
Zamboanga Del Sur
Pagadian City in Zamboanga Del Sur is a harbor cove that was the center of barter trading among the Malays, Chinese and the local Tausugs, Samals, Subanons and Badjaos in the 13th Century. It also has plenty of natural attractions like the waterfalls at Pulacan, Lourdes, Lison Valley and Manga, the beaches at Muricay, Bomba, Poloyagan, Tukuran and White Beach, the caves at Manga and Kendis, and the mountains of Pinokis and Susong Dalaga. Lakewood is regarded as one of the best, unspoiled natural spots in the country.
Zamboanga Sibugay contains many remnants from the past as an East-West trading port. It is a shopper's paradise, where local handicrafts and foreign goods are sold. The main attraction is Fort Pilar, built in 1635 for protection against local and foreign invaders, but was eventually converted into a shrine for Our Lady of the Pilar. Other attractions include Plaza Pershing and Pettit Barracks. The main natural attraction is Santa Cruz Island, known for its pinkish sand beach.
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