Fort Pilar Museum

The National Museum housed in Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City has several collections related to the history of the city and nearby places. Currently  the two main exhibits feature the Sama, Yakan and Subanen tribes that reside in the peninsula. The Sama and Yakans are sea-dwelling peoples, while the Subanens live near rivers (the rootword of the tribe's name, suba, means river).

The exhibit includes several full-scale boats used by the two sea-faring cultures, several tools, weapons, fishing and farming implements, clothes, as well as dioramas that depict the dwellings of the three indigenous peoples. 

Useful Info:
The museum is located at N.S. Valderoza Street. It is open from Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 5pm. Entrance is free.

After a visit at the museum you may drop by the Marian Shrine located at the side of the fort, and have a knickerbocker at Paseo del Mar, a seaside promenade located just a block away. 

by Kin Enriquez


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