Pagadian City: The Little Hongkong of the Philippines
September 1, 2015 1 Comment
Nestled at the foot of a hill, the City of Pagadian–the capital of Zamboanga del Sur–is dubbed as “the little Hongkong” of the Philippines due to its geographical similarity to the Crown Colony.
Pagadian is home to some of the regions beautiful islets, with Dumagoc as the most popular, along the Illana Bay; and the boathouses of the Sicubong tribes which dot the Pagadian shorelines.
The early settlers of the village were the Subanons who set up the fishing and trading village along the shore. They called their settlement as Pagadian, a corruption of the Maguindanao word “Padian” which means “marketplace”. The present site of Pagadian was the old Muslim sitio of Talapukan, meaning “where the springs abound.” It was under the municipal district of Labangan.
The region now called Zamboanga del Sur was once a part of the kingdom of Cachil Corralat of Kudarat. The Jesuit fathers, who started the christianization of the natives in 1642, abandoned the missionary work in 1644 due to repeated Muslim raids.