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Zamboanga City Hall: Mindanao's Historic Seat of Power


Berniemack Arelláno
Berniemack Arelláno | Sep 12, 2013

The city hall has mistakenly been labelled as "Spanish-colonial era," probably because of the heavy Hispanic influences in Zamboanga (try listening to Chavacano, the language of the city). It was built in 1905, during the early days when the United States has colonized the Philippine Islands. It became the capitol of once Moro Province in the early days of "pacification" efforts. Then in 1914, it has become the seat of power of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu--making Zamboanga back then as the capital of the entire southern island. By the time Quezon went into power, Zamboanga was elevated into a city and the capitol became the city hall as we know it now.

Read more about the History of Zamboanga City Hall and its significance to Zamboanga and Mindanao's culture and history here.

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