My First Trip to Pagadian City
A couple of years back, I had the chance to travel to Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur in Mindanao. The trip was work-related and yet just like any travelling we do, there is always something new to experience in a new place. And may I add that it was my first time, too.
Since I came from Butuan City that time my trip by bus there meant 4 hours going to Cagayan de Oro City (this is now a five-hour bus trip as bus speed has been regulated). From Cagayan de Oro to Iligan City, that’s another 1 and a half hour bus ride. And then from Iligan City to Pagadian, about three or four hours. I must say, thank God, for air conditioned buses. I was also told by friends to stay overnight in Iligan, that way I won’t be too exhausted when I get to Pagadian. Of course, if you were coming from Cebu or from Manila, you can take a plane from there since these are separate islands. But since I was coming from the same island, Mindanao, the buses were the mode of transport available.
I have to add here for those unfamiliar with Mindanao travel that there are several security issues as well in these parts of the Philippines. I was advised not to take night buses from Iligan to Pagadian for security reasons. All in all, I arrived in Pagadian quite ready for work and for the new experiences there 🙂
I will just name two distinct experiences while there in the city. I had to make a work-related visit to one barangay there (A barangay, by the way, is the smallest unit or division of a town or city in the Philippines). My friends took me there by way of a banca or small boat, sailing through the river. And why was it so? Because if we go there by land, that will take us hours! With the boat, it was less than 30 minutes 🙂 That was cool and I love the the view of the sky and the river as we sailed.
Another distinct experience that my friends were eager to let me try is to ride the passenger tricycles there to get around the city. As the city is quite hilly or should I say sloping in most parts, their tricycle is structured in such a way to make sure that it can travel these slopes quite easily. Well, except that when you ride one, you had that nagging feeling that you are falling backward! 🙂
Thanks to my friend, Jet, for the camera and for taking memorable shots there 🙂
Note: This post is linked with Blog Photo Challenge, Tuesday Travels, Watery Wednesday, Our World Tuesday