Operating as the commercial and industrial hub of southern Philippines, Zamboanga, the 3rd largest city in the Philippines is a bustling factory district with plenty of businesses, shops and markets where any goods or services can be found. Dubbed, the "Asian Latin City," the people of Zamboanga are proud of their culture and heritage. In Zamboanga, you will see a strong Spanish influence in the food, language and culture. Even the official language of Zamboanga is Spanish.
Zamboanga experiences a tropical climate, which means practically rain all year round. However, if you are looking for times with less heavy rains, January to April would be the best months to visit Zamboanga. September and October would be the months to avoid as these are the months with the highest rain level in the year.
Legazpi Airport (LGP) - The Legazpi Airport, located 15km from town is the main airport in the Bicol region. The airport serves the surrounding areas of Legazpi, the capital city of Albay. To get to Legazpi city from the airport, you may head out of the airport gate and get a tricycle from there. Tricycle usually cost around P50 one way. One trip will take approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic. If you walk to the road outside, you may take jeepneys to the Albay district or Daraga city. Even though Legazpi airport is a rather small airport which consists of a single-story building, it is equipped with a waiting area and a tour desk.
Zamboanga International Airport - The main airport is serving Zamboanga city is the Zamboanga International Airport. Covering over 270 hectares, Zamboanga International airport is the third largest airport in the Philippines. The airport consists of one terminal building which can accommodate 400 travelers. There is one shop at the airport which is managed by the Air Transportation Office. There are also three restrooms and the travel agencies and ticketing counters are located just outside the terminal. There are four ways to get to and from the airport. The first is by jeep which you can take from outside the airport gate. Just look for jeeps with “Canelar” on the dashboard. The Fare to Zamboanga city will cost around PHP 8. From the city, you can take a tricycle to the airport for PHP100 or a taxi which usually coast PHP 200.
Both Legazpi and Zamboanga experience a tropical climate with hot weather and rain all year round. The drier months in Zamboanga are January to April compared to Legazpi which are February to May. The average climate in Legazpi is 27.1 degrees Celsius while in Zamboanga the average temperature is 27.0 degrees Celsius.
In the front section of the fort, you will be greeted by a large courtyard. If you follow a brick path, it will lead you to a regal fortress. On Sundays, Fort Pilar is filled with worshipers who flock here for the Sunday mass.