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Pagadian City – Little HongKong of the South

This booming city in Zamboanga del Sur, Pagadian City, is noted for its rolling terrain surrounding both the commercial and residential districts, reminiscent of the famous Crown Colony, earned its name “Little Hongkong of the South.”

With a total land area of 331.6 square kilometers with 54 barangays, making it the largest province in Western Mindanao, Pagadian City is the point of entry to the cities of Ozamiz, Iligan and Cotabato.

While you can reach Pagadian City by land, sea and air, you can enjoy up close and personal experience with its uniquely designed tricycle that will tour you within the city district. The locals boast it to be “only in Pagadian” with great pride!

Other things that will surprise you when in Pagadian City are the vibrant festivities and warm hospitality by the people. Get to know the local culture and join in the fun as they celebrate its Annual City Fiesta. To kick off the year, it is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the patron Sto. Niño. This colorful event will showcase the Zambulawan festival, a regatta (fluvial parade), trade exhibits, the Mutya ng Pagadian beauty pageant, carnival shows, sports competitions, as well as civic military parade.

On every 21st of June, they will celebrate Araw ng Pagadian. They will commemorate Pagadian becoming a chartered city.

While every September 17 will be Zamboanga del Sur’s Annual anniversary where there will be agro-trade exhibits, a civic-military parade, cultural presentation and sports competitions.

This peaceful city boasts of its natural attractions like the Dao-Dao Islands, Dumagoc Hills and Pulacan falls among others.

Being the cleanest and greenest city of Western Mindanao for several years now, Pagadian City boasts of its Watershed management program, exceptional Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, massive beautification projects of the different barangays, expanded vegetables/ cash crops/ high value crops production activities of the city Agricultural Office.


10 Responses to “Pagadian City – Little HongKong of the South”

  1. why pagadian city have no airport???

    Posted by jun | May 10, 2009, 12:12 pm
  2. Hmm… I’m just wondering how come it was called as little hongkong of the south.

    Posted by KC | May 10, 2009, 11:04 pm
  3. It’s really good to see that Pagadian is improving. That “Little Hong Kong ofThe South.” Actually, I am the one who tagged Pagadian as “Little Hong Kong of the South” after a I wrote a piece about the city and I feel good that the “tag” has been associated with Pagadian.

    ( search?q=Little+Hong+Kong+of+the+South)

    “Pagadian City Vows To Become Regional Trading Hub”

    ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR (Zamboanga Journal) Pagadian City, the provincial capital of Zamboanga del Sur, has began a massive and ambitious development project aimed at turning the once sleepy mountain enclave, into a bustling trading and government regional center in the southern Philippines.

    Home to about 160,000 people, Pagadian — with a total land area of 37,880 hectares and 13 urban and 41 rural villages — is one of the most vibrant and promising cities in Mindanao, said mayor Samuel Co.

    He said the aggressive increase in development projects were triggered by the recent transfer of major government regional agencies from Zamboanga City to Pagadian.

    And also the impending relocation near Pagadian of the Southern Command, the largest military installation outside Manila, now based in Zamboanga City.

    “We have allocated hundreds of millions of pesos to fund new infrastructure projects and the development of the regional center, the rehabilitation of our air and sea ports.

    “And the renovation of government buildings and sophisticated communications and other I.T. projects that would put Pagadian in the map of developed cities, not only in the Philippines, but also abroad,” Co told the Zamboanga Journal.

    He said Pagadian is currently working on a P115-million fishing port complex, the P64-million public market. It has recently inaugurated a P14-million integrated bus depot.

    Co said they will also planning to put up a multi-million fruit processing plant.

    “Oh, we have a lot of work to do. Right now, we are busy on some development projects and we are also working on how to improve our ecotourism program,” he said.

    Co said he also introduced the use of water wheels to generate electricity for farmers in far-flung villages.

    “Farmers are happy about the water wheels. Before they only see them in books and television, but now we are using water wheel to generate electricity in remote villages,” he said.

    He said the local airliner Asian Spirit has opened new passenger flights between Manila to Pagadian. “We really worked hard and negotiated for this, and the Asian Spirit now has regular flights from Manila to Pagadian and back,” he said.

    President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered the transfer of all regional government offices and agencies to Pagadian to make transactions easy to other provinces such as Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur that comprise the Western Mindanao region.

    Arroyo’s decision to transfer the regional offices was based on Executive Order 429 issued by then President Corazon Aquino in October 1990. Co said they paid the rental of regional government offices for six months as a gesture of goodwill to welcome the thousands of new tenants.

    Co said the regional Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Philippine Coconut Authority are now in Pagadian City.

    Agriculture and fishery are the main sources of income of local residents, but Co said the city is being groomed to become the region’s main source of mango and seaweed capital.

    “Fishing is a major economic activity and also lumber processing due to the peninsula’s excellent stands of Philippine hardwoods,” he said.

    An attractive investment package would be offered to local and foreign business groups, he said, to lure them into opening trades in Pagadian or make the city a business gateway to other provinces in the region.

    Designated as a chartered city in June 1969, Pagadian is also an important processing center for rice, corn, and coconuts produced in surrounding areas, Co said.

    He said Pagadian is also known for being the “undisputed” cleanest and greenest city for several years now by different civic groups.

    “We have an excellent ecological solid waste management program, watershed management program, and a massive beautification project for the different villages, among others,” Co said.

    He said his administration is also working on an ambitious tourism project that would attract not only Filipino visitors, but also foreign tourists.

    “Aside from being peaceful, Pagadian prides itself with many pristine and white sandy beaches. We offer our rich cultural heritage, our exotic foods and the kind hospitality of our people,” the 39-year old mayor said.

    The internationally renowned Pagadian Kumbingan Ensemble, a cultural and creative dance group, won many accolade during its latest performance in the recent Singapore Street Festival.

    The event gathered Asian cultural artists and workers in a one-day festival of performances and cultural exhibitions as part of the annual Singapore Arts Festival. The Kumbingan Ensemble performed folk and traditional Muslim dances, and was critically acclaimed by international artists.

    In December, Co brought his cultural pride in Zamboanga City for the annual mardi gras called the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival and was highly acclaimed for their dance performances.

    He said they have set aside unspecified funding for the trainings and costumes not only of the Kumbingan Ensemble, but other cultural groups also.

    “Pagadian is one of the country’s show windows and everybody is really working hard to promote tourism and attract investments, not only in my place, but in the southern region as well,” he said.

    Pagadian is popularly called the “Little Hong Kong of the South” because of its rolling terrain, reminiscent of the former Crown colony. (Al Jacinto)

    Posted by al jacinto | May 16, 2009, 8:56 am
  4. I’ve been to Pagadian recently. It’s a nice place.
    Here’s my travel notes..

    Posted by yodz | March 5, 2010, 12:44 am
  5. Hi Yodz! Thank you for visiting Pagadian City. You have an excellent post, I must say.

    Posted by Dulce | March 12, 2010, 1:35 pm
  6. nice 1 guys…i would like to promote what is in my mind….. i would like to find some sponsors for our team in pagadian city,coz we will compete our skills in other country……

    Posted by boying | April 23, 2010, 2:29 am
  7. try to see our site….

    Posted by boying | April 23, 2010, 2:33 am
  8. I was amazed by d recent developments in pagadian city,such a w0nderful place.I’ve been there 2 yrs ago,for about 3yrs also of staying d city.Now,dat i’m here n manila,i’d try 2 b updated with its vast improvements;i’m looking forward for its t0pm0st alignments,as 0ne of d biggest and industrialized city not only in mindanao,but n d entire Phil. as well.

    Posted by Edgar allan cuevas | November 11, 2010, 2:53 pm
  9. i reaaly missed pagadian ,,glad to hear and see that pagdian lots of developments ,,, viva pagadian ,,,god bless all pagadianos ,,,,,

    Posted by tolomia luzviminda | June 24, 2011, 7:30 pm


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