Our second day at Zamboanga was much more laid-back compared to the first; less walking and more chilling at the bus, which in this heat, was heaven!
Moving on, we started our trip by visiting the Yakan Village Weaving Association. It’s this small little town where a small community live and sell their handmade woven products. It’s basically the Philippines’s answer to Indonesia’s Batik!
Also, this is definitely going to be one of your chances to shop for stuff that can’t be found elsewhere! I got myself a woven long wallet for only 100php! Definitely a smart buy!
There’s an area leading a bit uphill that sells smaller products including the wallet I just mentioned. The first few stores that you see upon entering sell more of home decor and the like.
Tribal print addicts, brace yourselves! LOL
Also, you get to see the residents making the famous fabric! Prepare to be amazed at the skill, seriously. How they thought of every single swipe and pull will always be an incredible wonder to me. Below are more photos of the weaving!
Most of them are trained at a very young age. No wonder they’re so good!
After buying the pretty Yakan goodies, we took a drive to the Muslim area of Zamboanga. We didn’t get down though so I’m not quite sure which places we visited. Below are photos from taken from my bus seat! Enjoy the landscapes!
One of the things that Zamboanga is also famous for is the houses on stilts. It’s actually this huge community consisting of different indigenous heritages, but mostly Badjaos. They’re known also as “Sea Gypsies” because they’re nomadic and they’re very “one” with the ocean.
Also if you notice the plants sticking out of the water, this is actually their seaweed plantation! I don’t remember the exact term for it, though… :(
I got a better view of a stilt house just before we went back to Vista del Mar and spent the rest of the day playing games with my cousins. LOL
'Til next time! :D