Zamboanga was like any other part of the Philippine archipelago and the whole South-east Asian region when it comes to its foundation as a community. For the most part, migrants and settlers dominated the province and built what Zamboanga del Sur is today.
The very first group to settle in the area were Subanons, whose name literally translates into “river folks”. They made shelter along the riverbanks and practiced the so-called slash and burn agriculture. Years passed and Muslims coming from as far away as Malaysia landed on Zamboanga del Sur, joining the Subanons in creating communities.
Over time, the Muslims formed groups based on where they hailed from. Each group had diverse skills and ways of living. Maguindanaoans, for instance, were mostly farmers while Tausugs, Badjaos, and Samals had a flair for fishing. Maranaos, on the other hand, were known as traders and artisans.
Zamboanga City has come a long way since being an early settlement, now being a major agricultural player. More than 80% of its land area are composed of agricultural land, which includes non-forested areas, areas for yearly crops, pasture lands, rice farms and fish ponds, perennial crops and grasslands.
The city, and the overall province’s, prime crops are corn and palay. It is also a major trader of coconut, as well as bananas and mangoes. Due to the province’s coastal location, Zamboanga City also has a hand in aquaculture.
The city sharing the province’s name is an ideal place to invest in a property, given its good economic prospects stemming from being highly urbanized, as well as its great culture. For home seekers wanting to live in Zamboanga City, there are several house and lots for sale currently available in the city that can suit different budgets.
Among these is a three-bedroom house inside a subdivision located in Barangay Lunzuran. It has two bathrooms as well as a one-car garage. One major selling point is its accessibility to the Ateneo de Zamboanga and the Putik Business District. It is currently available for PHP 2.7 million.
A larger home in Bretaña Subdivision featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on the other hand, can be purchased for PHP 3.5 million. The property features a big terrace on the second level, has a spacious master's bedroom, and is already fully-furnished.
Foreclosed houses can also be an option for those looking for a house for sale in Zamboanga City. This is for budget-conscious homeowners who are seeking after great deals. For as low as PHP 2 million, you can already have a 185-square meter house sitting on a 380-square meter plot of land.