Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Zamboanga: Fort Pilar

If there is a bastion that has withstood the test of time, it has gotta be Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City. Founded by the Spaniards in 1635; attacked by the Dutch in 1646; deserted in 1635; reconstructed in 1666; rebuilt in 1719; stormed by Moros in 1720; bombarded by British in 1798; abandoned by Spaniards in 1898; occupied by the Americans 1899; seized by the Japanese in 1942; and finally claimed by the Philippines in 1946.
Saint and a Pigeon House

Bells of the Virgin Mary

Candle Offerers

Worshipper of Sto. Nino

The Cross

The Ramparts Offer the View of the Sea

Centuries-Old Walls

Red-Bricked Ruins

Not only a part of history, Fort Pilar is a symbol of faith among Zamboangenos. They believe that they have endured all wars and struggles because of the guidance of Senora Virgen Del Pilar. A flock of pilgrims usually gather at the Fort and offer their thanks and prayers to the Holy Virgin.


  1. that's true. this is a very important symbol of zamboanguenos. ganda ng shot nung sa taas na kita ang dagat.

  2. Wow, that is SOME history. Glad it withstood the test of time.

    I am not a religious person but I would like to go to the place sometime. Very rich history.

  3. Amazing place and history! Would love to visit there! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!


  4. Nice to learn some history from the photos of your post.

  5. Ganda ng place. Would like to visit that some time.

  6. Nice info about Zamboanga and pretty photos too.

  7. Ang daming pinagdaanan ng lugar na yan. If that centuries-old walls could talk, dami sigurong ma-i-she-share nyang kwento. I like the 7th and 8th photos.

  8. nice! I'm learning a lot. Love the pigeon house and the 5th photo. =)

  9. it is one of must-see places when you visit Zamboanga. This set of pictures are nice especially the last 2 pics.

  10. Nice set. Can't wait to see your Basilan posts.

  11. I like the last pic the most. Cool collection of pics here.