Unknown to some, the Zamboanga Peninsula has a wealth of historical landmarks that offer a glimpse into the province’s understated historical significance. Aside from its virgin beaches, waterfalls, and colorful culture and heritage zones, Zamboanga’s historical sites deserve a spotlight of its own. Here’s a list to help you round them all up.

Memorial structures in José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte is a 16-hectare protected landscape that marks the place where Filipino national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, spent four years in exile after being accused of sedition. It has some structures and a shrine that features Rizal’s life and legacy, and the activities that transpired during his exile from 1892 to 1896.

Aerial view of Mindanao Relief Map. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Rizal’s Mindanao Relief Map. This relief map, which shows the geographical features of the Philippines’ Mindanao island, was created by Filipino National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and his teacher, Padre Sanchez in August 1892. It was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines on June 20, 2005.

Aerial view of Dapitan Heritage Zone. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Dapitan Heritage Zone. Also known as the Dapitan Historic Center, this district is known for its collection of heritage structures and landmarks recognized by the National Historical Commission for their historical significance. The declaration was made in coordination with the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Rizal in June 2011.

Balay Hamoy 1893 facade. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Balay Hamoy 1893 in Dapitan is an 1893 ancestral house that once belonged to Don Mariano Balsomo Hamoy and his wife, Dona Pilar Sagario y Acaylar. They became close friends and business partners with Dr. Jose Rizal when the latter was exiled in Dapitan City. In 1894, Don Mariano and Doña Pilar’s firstborn, Pablo, was delivered in the house by Rizal himself.

Don Aniano Adasa Heritage House facade. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism.

Don Aniano Adasa Heritage House in Dapitan Built in the 1900s, this ancestral house was originally the home of  Don Aniano Adasa, a scion of one of the influential Dapitan families. It features American architecture with touches of Spanish colonial influences. It also houses the city’s tourism office.

Fort Pilar Shrine. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Fort Pilar Shrine in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, is formally known as the Real Fuerte de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (Royal Fort of Our Lady of the Pillar of Saragossa) is a 17th-century military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial government. It now houses a regional museum and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, the patroness of the city.

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