The Philippines, being a country archipelago of islands and seas, have naturally wonderful beaches, some of which are famous the world over. Beaches like Puerto Galera, Boracay, and the various beaches in Cebu rake in tourists from around the world all year round because of their pristine and cool blue waters and fine, white-sand shores. However, if one will just look around more, they will find that there are other less-known but equally beautiful beach spots in other parts of the Philippines. In Pagadian, in particular, there are beaches and islands that will make one believe that there is such a thing as a secluded paradise on Earth.
Some of the better Pagadian City restaurants are as follows:
Tel. No. 2141577
Tel. No. 2151439
The history of Pagadian City dates back long before the time when the city was granted its municipality status in 1937, to the time when indigenous people still called the place their own, even after the Spanish came and colonized the Philippines. This history started with the Subanens, a cultural group of river people based in the southern part of the Philippines who used to roam the seas in that area in large numbers. Their name comes from the word “suba”, which means river. They lived in the riverbanks of what would eventually become Pagadian City. The Subanens were eventually joined in by the Muslims, who inhabited the coastal areas of what are now known as the districts of Muricay, Tawagan Sur, and White Beach.
Pagadian City has a total of 13 urban barangays (or small towns) and 41 rural ones. All of them are governed by the city’s local government, whose job it is to ensure that the city runs properly in the micro scale, and in conjunction with the Philippine government in the macro level. Beginning May 14, 2007, the government structure of the first district of Zamboanga del Sur, of which Pagadian City is the capital, is as follows:
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.