Pagadian City, known as the “Little Hong Kong of the South” for its mountainous terrain, is the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Sur and the regional center of the Zamboanga Peninsula.
This city has a port and fishing industry. The bus terminal is accessed easily and finding the right bus is easy. Cebuano/Bisaya and English are the languages spoken in Pagadian City and the Province of Zamboanga del Sur. By bus- Pagadian can be reached from neighboring cities such as Dipolog, Ipil, Zamboanga, Ozamiz, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro by Rural Transit buses. By plane – Pagadian Airport (PAG IATA). Small airport with a 2,000 m (6,600 ft) runway that can only support small aircraft. Cebu Pacific and Cebgo has daily flights from Manila and Cebu, respectively.
The tricycles of the city became a trademark of Pagadian’s culture because of their exaggerated height compared to those in Zamboanga. This is designed for the city and neighboring municipalities because of its mountainous or hilly roads.
Best things to do in Pagadian City
Isla Puting Balas Sandbars are trending right now and each province in the country seems to have a popular sandbar. Most sandbars are not very accessible and hard to go to, but Isla Puting Balas is an exception. How to get there? Ride a tricycle from the city proper and tell your driver to drop you off at Santiago Port. Ask the locals around the area for boats that you can rent going to the sandbar
Pulacan Falls Labangan is a nearby municipality from Pagadian City. We took a twenty peso bus ride and asked the driver to drop us near Pulacan Falls. After 20 minutes and a very steep ascent, the bus stopped nearby a military camp. As we alighted from the bus, we can hear the sound of water gushing from the falls which is just a few steps down the road. It was peaceful and quiet in Pulacan Falls. Trees, bushes and a worn out cemented lane paved the way to the water falls. It was a very beautiful waterfall with water gushing from different direction.