Breezing through the pages of the Philippine History, one can’t ignore the niche of this peaceful paradise in the south. Just like any other ancient civilizations in Asia, the natives known as the Subanens has established its community along the river or suba banks. Migrants from the Visayas then came to seek refuge in this corner of the Land of Promise. Then, came the Hispanic colonization, which saw the conversion of the Subanons to Christianity, establishing a permanent Christian Mission in this part of the south. Being one of the strongest citadels of power during the Hispanic era, the province became temporary abode to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal prior to its execution. From then on the peaceful paradise has found its place in the history.
The American occupation paved the way to the creation of the Provincia Mora, which was later known as Zamboanga Province where the seat of power was established in Dipolog
. In 1952, the late Pres. Elpidio Quirino
signed Republic Act 711 dividing the Zamboanga peninsula creating the Provinces of Zamboanga del Norte
and Zamboanga del Sur
Today, the province brings to its visitors the unique spirit – a blend of the sense of history and competitive economy juxtaposed by a peaceful natural environment.
Zamboanga del Norte is a 720,594-hectare province, composed of 25 municipalities and 2 component cities — Dipolog City, the trading and commercial center, and Dapitan City, the tourists haven. It is situated in the western border of Mindanao and lies in the northwestern edge of the Zamboanga Peninsula. With more or less 400 kilometers of irregular coastline facing Sulu Sea, it is bounded by the province of Misamis Occidental in the north, the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay in the east, and Zamboanga City in the south. It is strategically situated relative to the rest of the Philippine Archipelago.
Zamboanga del Norte’s location is convenient to major domestic markets and settlement areas in Cebu City. Within 1,400 kilometer radius live approximately 10% of the country’s population accounting for about 9% of its disposable and manufacturing income. With Dipolog City, Dapitan City, Pres. Roxas and Liloy as takeoff points, these profitable markets are easy to reach.
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