Sunday, October 14, 2012


Did you know that October is Museum and Galleries month?
Well, so timely, that during a Photowalk, I was able to make a short tour within the Fort Pilar Museum grounds minus the museum tour because it was close to 5 p.m. and they were already closing!

Here is what I picked up from Wikipedia:
The Royal Fort of Our Virgin Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza (commonly known as Fort Pilar) is a 17th century military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial government in Zamboanga CityPhilippines. The fort, which is now a regional museum of the National Museum of the Philippines, is the major landmark of Zamboanga City and a symbol of the city's cultural heritage. Outside the eastern wall is a Marian shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, the patroness of the city.

Here are images of the Fort Pilar grounds which I would like to share with you!
Central grounds and Courtyard.

my photowalk buddies...

Juvee's great idea

We saw this cute little girl and some families and group of students who strolled in the Fort Pilar grounds.
More so, there were also pictorials for pre-nups and debuts at the time we visited.


 To the Walls.

A Fort always has cannons.
From Wikipedia.
In 1635, upon the requests of the Jesuit missionaries and Bishop Fray Pedro of Cebu, the Spanish governor of the Philippines Juan Cerezo de Salamanca (1633–1635) approved the building of a stone fort in defense against pirates and raiders of the sultans of Mindanao and Jolo. The cornerstone of the fort, originally called Real Fuerza de San José (Royal Fort of Saint Joseph), was laid by Melchor de Vera, a Jesuit priest-engineer, on June 23, 1635, which also marks the founding of Zamboanga as a city, then known as Jambangan.

View from the Walls.
Paseo Del Mar 

Bangko Central ng Pilipinas and one of the walls

back to courtyard
Entrance to the Museum.

Outer Walls.

Fort Pilar Shrine also composes one wall of the Fort Pilar.
From Wikipedia:
It was in 1734, when a relief of the Our Lady of the Pillar was placed above the eastern wall of the fort making it an outdoor shrine with an altar for praying. Tradition reveals the Virgin Mary appeared to a soldier on December 6, 1734, at the gate of the city. Not recognizing her, the soldier asked her to stop. Upon recognizing her, he fell down to his knees.

Fiesta Pilar 2012
Visit the Fort Pilar Museum this October. Admission is free for the whole month of October.


  1. Another reason to visit Zamboanga! =) just recently, I read a blog post on Fiesta Pilar, now I stumbled upon this... Zamboanga is definitely on my travel list!

  2. May I ask from where you are, Lady Anne?

  3. I've been to Zamboanga City years back. It was my first visit of the city but haven't to places like the one above. I hope my second visit will include Fort Pilar visit. :)

  4. you should filman, its just within the city!!! :-)

    doc! natatawa pa rin ako pag nakikita ko yung pic namin ni juvee sa well! hahaha :D

  5. this is a great place to do some prenup shoot! :) you're lucky to have a place like that near you.

  6. Your photos remind me of fort santiago and luneta park :)

  7. Nice photos! Have relatives in Zamboanga but sad to say, haven't visited the place yet. Awesome pics! :)

  8. I thought the photos are taken from out of the country but it's from Zamboanga pala. Ang ganda!

  9. pretty photos! it's been a while since I went to a museum, i miss field trips..

  10. Such a nice place! I would love to visit there someday!

  11. your photos are so vivid! i would def stop here when i go to zamboanga! :P

  12. Well preserved yung ancient look ng place. A must go to for both tourist and locals.

  13. another way to explore our own heritage. The place looks so amazing.

  14. Pretty destination. I hope I'll be able to visit Zamboanga and see this place. :D

  15. Happy fiesta Zamboangga pede pa bang humabol? Zamboanga is a nice place would love to visit there pag may chance.

  16. Wait, I want to ask, is Pasonanca one of the places in Zamboanga City to visit? That's just one of the few things I can remember about the city.

  17. Zamboanga also has a lot to offer! I just hope I can visit the place too!