In the Southern part of the Zamboanga peninsula lies Zamboanga del Sur, a coastal province composed of 15 municipalities. It has a total population of over 860,000 residents scattered within a land area of 473,491 hectares.
Zamboanga del Sur's geography offers the best of both worlds. Stretching from Zamboanga Sibugay in the southwest and running along the northern boundary to Salug Valley in the east is its mountainous countryside. Meanwhile, its capital Pagadian City straddles along the coastline together with some of its municipalities. It also harbours four major bays namely Panguil Bay, Illana Bay, Dumanquillas Bay, and Maligay Bay. Three rivers run across the province and supply farmlands with water. The province also boasts of three lakes.
Pagadian City is one place in the province where there are a number of must-go destinations, as the city is not a typical concrete jungle, and is, in itself, a nature paradise. There are several beaches that line up the coastline of the city, including White Sand, Muricay, Poloyagan, and Bomba. There are also hill formations and mountains like Mt. Palpalan, Mt. Susong Dalaga, Mt. Pinokis, Dumagoc Hill, Bulatoc Hill, and Bogo Hill. Major waterfalls comprising of Mt. Palpalan Falls, Ditoray Falls, Lourdes Falls, Pulacan Falls, and Lison Valley Falls are also sights to behold
However, those looking for the contemporary urban life could also enjoy being in Zamboanga City. The city is grouped within the province, but has its own autonomous government, and in here, the usual sprawl of buildings, shopping malls, and office spaces abound. The city is partially influenced by the Spanish-Mediterranean culture. It is the home of the Fort Pilar Shrine and Museum and the scenic Paseo del Mar. It is also near the famous Pink Beach, which is one boat-ride away from the city.
The economy of Zamboanga del Sur is predominantly agricultural. Its products range from coco oil to rice and corn milling. The province also processes fruits, produces houseware made from indigenous materials, and raises and trades livestock. Zamboanga is also known for its woodworks, using rattan and bamboo to craft traditional furniture. The province also thrives on marine and aquaculture, manufacturing, and mining.
Zamboanga is a great place for property investments. There are plenty of foreclosed properties for sale in the city. Prices for these range from a very affordable PHP 120,000 to PHP 3 million, and span as little as 100 to as much as 4,000 square meters.
Those with the opportunity to buy up these foreclosed properties can consider turning their investment into a vacation home. Given Zamboanga’s attractive landscape, a vacation home could be prove to be a great escape from all stresses of the metropolis for both owners and even renters.
Massive land plots, on the other hand, can be transformed into small farms where one can earn income by growing crops and/or raising livestock or poultry. There are many possibilities, and property seekers can better decide upon getting a look at the real estate options available in Zamboanga City.