Now we take you the the cradle of Moro civilization, Zamboanga Peninsula. It is located at the western part of Mindanao and composed of 3 distinctive provinces namely: Zamboanga del Norte; Zamboanga Sibugay; and Zamboanga del Sur.

Aside from the beautiful tourist destinations, Zamboanga Peninsula presents a rich mixture of culture. With a big population of Muslims comprising the region, a variety of Muslim-inspired products and goods can be bought as pasalubong.

Here are a few of them:

  1. ZAMBOANGA CITY Shawls, Malongs, and Pearls

When visiting Zamboanga, one should never miss to drop by the souvenir shops or what they often call “barter” to grab a few of the Malongs or “tube cloths” intricately-designed by the Zamboangueños. Also, don’t forget to buy a few pairs of pearl earrings and necklaces, as well as the special shawls you can bring along with you to cover from the heat or cold.

Malongs come in a variety of designs and sizes. Photo from


2. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE Montaño Sardines

Spanish-style sardines are among the most enticing goods which are produced in Zamboanga del Norte. Montaño’s Sardines has been in the industry for quite some time which made it well-known in Dipolog City.

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3. ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY Wood and Rattan Furnitures

When it comes to wood and rattan furniture, Zamboanga Sibugay is first on the list on the best-quality hand-made furniture in the region. From dining sets with elaborate designs to little figures and replica.

Rattan Furniture


4. ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR Muslim woven mats

Woven with much intricacy, these mats were genuinely woven mostly by Muslim women in the region. Passionately, Muslims are experts in the art of weaving that most of the products are exported in many parts of the world.

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