Zamboanga City is in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. Known as the "City of Flowers", it is now one of the most important and busiest port cities in the Philippines.
The Chavacano language made Zamboanga as "Asia's Latin City." This is also because of the same traditions with Spain, particularly the patroness Our Lady of the Pilar (which is also the patroness of Spain).The city is an important seaport, being the main transportation hub to the Sulu archipelago to the south.
During Spanish times, Zamboanga provided protection to the rest of the Philippines from menacing Muslim pirates.