Pagadian (Photo: Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap)

Where to stay

  • Hotel Alindahaw, Rizal Ave; +63 62 215 4000; A modest, four-storey hotel with modern amenities, such as air-conditioning and WiFi.
  • Hotel Guillermo, Rizal Ave; +63 62 214 1479; Located in the heart of Pagadian City’s business center; also within walking distance of the city’s only mall.
  • Mardale Hotel and Convention Center, Cabrera St, San Francisco District; + 63 62 215 4366; A simple hotel located in the heart of the city, near restaurants, banks, churches and malls.

Where to eat

  • Big J Grill House, Araullo St; +63 922 887 9551; One of the restaurant’s must-tries is its balbacua (boiled oxtail).
  • Brew ‘n Bake, Trace Arcade, Pajares Ave; +63 928 507 3823. Indulge in desserts like durian cake and banoffee pie at this quaint café and bakery.
  • Greenhouse Fishing Station and Restaurant, Brgy. Dumagok; +63 62 215 1439. Get ready for a seafood overload and feast on dishes like grilled tilapia.
  • Kan-anan sa Balsa, Kumalarang; +63 918 925 8656; A floating restaurant on a fishpond, where you can feed the fishes while waiting for your food to arrive.
  • Pinoy Grill, Rizal Ave; +63 927 428 6037. Serves up some of the best-tasting chicken dishes in the city.
  • Rodolfo’s Cuisine, F.S. Pajares Ave. A popular institution that serves typical Filipino fare like pork liempo (grilled pork belly).
  • Tsibugan Night Market, Ariosa St. Fill your tummy with pork barbecue and other affordable grilled food at this night market. Prices start from just PHP1 per skewer!
  • Yammy’s Seafood Grill, Fajares St; +63 909 669 4951. Head here for spicy crabs and other grilled seafood specialties.
  • 22 Green House Fishing Station and Restaurant, +63 62 215 1439. Dine on fresh seafood dishes — some of the fish the restaurant serves comes from its own ponds.

What to do

  • Alindahaw Lakeview Resort, Biswangan, Lakewood; +63 62 215 4000; An eco-friendly destination where you can kayak or go on a lake cruise.
  • Dao Dao Islands. A pair of islands located a ten-minute boat ride from the city. The larger island has artificial coral reefs ideal for swimming, boating and fishing.
  • Kendis Cave, Datagan. Try spelunking if you’re up for some adrenaline-pumping action. Visit the Pagadian City Tourism Office on Aquino St to enlist the services of a guide.
  • Manga Falls, Brgy. Manga. You’ll have to hike for approximately 30 minutes to reach these magnificent two-tiered waterfalls.
  • Mt Palpalan. The highest point of the city offers breathtaking views. Go in time for sunrise; you can trek or take a tricycle up.
  • Pulacan Falls, Brgy. Pulacan, Labangan. These terraced waterfalls have pools that are perfect for a refreshing dip.
  • Puting Balas Island. A pristine sandbar that can be reached by chartering a boat from San Pedro Port in Pagadian.
  • Rotonda. A circular landscaped park where you can go horseback riding. It also provides magnificent views of the city proper and the alluring Illana Bay.
  • Unity Park, Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government Center, Dao. Go hiking amidst nature’s beauty at this park, which has recently been restored by the government.
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