In Zamboanga City for the 1st time

Blogie @ Lavina Hotel, Zambo CityArrived in Zamboanga City this morning. It’s my first time here, so I’m really excited about seeing the city. Fortunately, on the plane with me was fellow Mindanao blogger, Yolynne Medina, who has offered to take me around later in the afternoon. Also on the plane was the owner of the hotel where I was already planning to stay, Jardin de la Viña Hotel.

Immaculate ConceptionThe weather right now is beautiful, a bit on the warm side, but the blowing wind from the sea is quite invigorating. Awhile ago I had a very engaging conversation with Yolynne and Mr. Eric Laviña II (the hotel owner) about developments in their city. A piece of good news is the establishment of their first contact center, e.AXS Communications, which is an entirely Zamboangueño investment.

This trip was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I’d long wanted to visit Zamboanga City, but had never gotten around to planning the trip. But last month, upon learning of an airline’s airfare promo, I decided to book my flights. And now I’m here! Woot!

As an amateur linguist, what’s immediately interesting for me here is their local tongue. Although they also speak Tagalog and Cebuano, among themselves they use Chavacano (pidgin Spanish). I can somehow make out what they’re saying, but the fun part for me is hearing them talk and listening to local love songs on the radio — the words and the accent are so different from what I’m used to in other areas of Mindanao.

I’m looking forward to meeting up with Ryann Elumba, Jerome Locson and other Zambo bloggers. That’s actually part of why I’m here — to help grow the Mindanao Bloggers Community.

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15 Responses to “In Zamboanga City for the 1st time”

  1. dong ho says:

    enjoy your stay there blogie! i hope that the zamboanga bloggers community will grow and i might be able to meet up with them once i go to basilan.

  2. Mindanao Bob says:

    Hi Blogie,

    You should go to Basilan while you are there in Zambo. It is just a short boat ride for Zambo. You can go over in the morning and return in the afternoon.

  3. mo billacura says:

    muy bien, finally, you will get to experience, the best of zamboanga.
    pregunta tu oliver, cosa the best.

  4. Major Tom says:

    Nice meeting you bro. Hope to see you again. Have a wonderful stay in Zambonga.

  5. Ryann says:

    nice meeting you blog. see you this weekend in CDO!

  6. Blogie says:

    I certainly did enjoy my first time in Zamboanga City!

    Thank you very much to the Zamboangueños who took the time to show me around and make my stay a pleasant one! :)

  7. yolynne says:

    You’re welcome Blogie =) I hope you enjoyed your stay, hope that you visit us again in the near future! God Bless!

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