Saturday, October 1, 2011

IMAGES OF ZAMBOANGA CITY CIRCA 2011 PART 4


For me, this is an interesting set because these images were taken from the Zamboanga International Airport as we passed the runway and to whatever I saw as it left Zamboanga City.
This is the Zamboanga International Airport.
from Wikipedia:
Zamboanga International Airport (Filipino (Tagalog): Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Zamboanga; Chavacano and Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Zamboanga) (IATA: ZAMICAO: RPMZ) is the main airport serving Zamboanga City in the Philippines. The airport is Mindanao's third-busiest airport after Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City and Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City.[2] It is the gateway to one of Southeast Asia's fastest growing business and culture hubs and to the entire western Mindanao area. The airport covers a total land area of 270 hectares.
The airport is officially classified as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the same agency that runs not only Zamboanga International Airport, but all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.[3] 




This is the Garden Orchid Hotel which is very close to the Airport. 
Many wonder why it is Garden Orchid and not Orchid Garden and this is because of the acronym G.O. for the owner's family name.
This is the high end hotel of Zamboanga City and the high-rise building you see is very new and was just inaugurated this September 2011. 
Note:  there is a helipad at the top floor.
Welcome to Garden Orchid Hotel Zamboanga City, Philippines. Just five minutes from the international airport and ten minutes away from the bustling city,known for its well-appointed, spacious and comfortable accommodations. It provides the business and leisure travellers the perfect haven in the city.



We see some familiar buildings in Gov. Camins Road.
This is the famous Chinese restaurant in Zamboanga City, Aristocrat Chinese Restaurant. This is the old restaurant but they have a new restaurant in a new and bigger building just a few meters away.
This is the new Zalo's complex with Chowking, Red Ribbon and Zalo's with a restaurant, function halls and the new Zalo's Boutique Hotel.

This is a part of the Edwin Andrews Air Base.
Edwin Andrews Air Base (excerpts)
Colonel Edwin Andrews Air Base is located near the extreme south of the Philippines, on the outskirts of the coastal city of Zamboanga. The base has 4 helipads and shares a single, 8,000-foot long runway with Zamboanga International Airport. It is used extensively for air operations against insurgents in the southern Philippines. (Coordinates: 6o55'40.40 N, 122o03'34.13 E)
The base's origins can be traced to World War II, when the Japanese constructed a military airfield on the site and used it to support operations in Borneo. During this time, it was known as "San Roque Airfield." 
After the war, the airfield was quickly turned over to Philippine control and became a civilian facility called Zamboanga Airport. On 6 December 1956, the Philippine Air Force established a military base at the eastern end of the airport. In 1966 the facility was named Colonel Edwin Andrew Air Base after a past PAF commander Colonel who had been killed in a plane crash on 18 May 1947. Edwin Andrews AB was an important asset to the Philippines in fighting insurgent groups in the south.
As of 2009 the 530th Air Base Wing provided all logistical and support services at Edwin Andrews AB and was permanently stationed there, as was the 1306th Dental Dispensary. The 25th Composite Attack Squadron of the 15th Strike Wing operated ground attack and COIN aircraft, while the rest of the Wing's aircraft remain at Danilo Atienza AB. Tactical Operations Group 9 was based at the facility, but had additional detachments on Pulacan, Jolo and Sulu. A squadron from the 205th Tactical Operations Wing, the 206th Tactical Operations Squadron, provided helicopter support in the region.
We now flew over San Roque.
Location of San Roque, Zamboanga City
This barangay is located on the West Coast, 6 kilometers from City Hall.
People of San Roque, Zamboanga City
(2007 Census)
  • Total Population: 20,974
  • Number of Household: 3,078
This must be the Bog Lake.

Bog Lake
The lake consist of about 60 to 70 has. of wetlands and is bounded on the east by a property owned by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga City where tall acacia trees are grown. This area is adjacent to a highly populated residential area linked to the Southern Command Compound. Another residential area, the Lakeview Subdivision, bounds the take on its west side.
The lake, which is about 4 km. from the city center, is adjacent to the northern half of the Zamboanga Golf and Country Club. Early settlers in Zamboanga remember it as a bird sanctuary during the cold season of neighboring countries. It could be considered as one of the largest bodies of water at the heart of a fast urbanizing area of the City, Calarian.
The Calarian State Freshwater Fisheries Sanctuary and Hatchery is also located at the heart of the lake. Clumps of coconut trees are clustered in the northern part of the lake, while towering old acacia trees can be found in the eastern part. Various types of freshwater fish and crocodiles are found in the lake. The perimeter of the lake area is highly vegetated, though most of them are wild grass and shrubberies.
These places, Skyview Resort and Restaurant  the El Fuego Firing Range in Corote, San Roque, Zamboanga City are close to my heart because my son used to shoot here.
They can be accessed online through these sites.
We used to go to this area during the making of this firing range and the resort.
Zamboanga City is indeed an interesting place!

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