Pagadian City is located in the northeastern side of the province of Zamboanga del Sur in Mindanao, one of the Philippines’ three major island archipelagos. Its geographical coordinates are 07 degrees 49’43” latitude and 123 degrees 20’4.61″ longitude. All in all, Pagadian City has a total land area of 33,380 hectares (or 378.80 square kilometers). It is bounded by the municipalities of Midsalip on the north, Lakewood on the west, Labangan on the northwest and east, and in the southwest, Dumalinao and Tigbao. Illana Bay completes its land boundary on the southeast.
Pagadian City is straddling the line between modernity and traditions. All the entrapments of modern technology are present for the eager tourist or local, but there is still a sense of the old, reminiscent of rural towns. Such a feeling invokes in one a sense of relaxation, perfect for anyone who wants to get away from all the trappings of a bustling metropolis. While all this is enough to warrant at least a couple days’ stay at Pagadian City, it is just icing in the cake. Pagadian is also not without its landmarks and attractions, especially the natural ones, of which the Philippines is particularly known for. And like most places that are hidden gems, searching and encountering each one is an adventure in and of itself.