Cultural Finds in the Streets of Zamboanga City, Philippines

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       Although I was scared on possible bombings in the streets of Zamboanga City because of alarming news stories I have learned since I was a kid, I adventurously  roamed around the city.  Here are my 4 Cultural Finds in the streets of Zamboanga City!

1.) Chewing of Nga Nga (Areca Nut and Betel Leaf)

Nga nga chewing has been an ancient tradition. I was surprised that I still found it in the markets of Zamboanga city.

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2.) They are crazy about Flower Horns

       Most Zamboanga City citizens breed these Flower Horn species, distinctively known for their protruding tumor-like heads. There was even a contest I witnessed in KCC de Zamboanga Mall, ‘Palakihan ng Bukol’ where the Flower Horn winner should have the biggest ‘tumor’ against all the fishes.

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3.) Balut stalls at night 

         You may chance to see this kind of setting every other 15minutes walking around the streets of Zamboanga City at night. Normally, the seller would be a young lad who can serve you balut and buko juice.

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4.) SATTI

A favorite dish in the city. It is a combination of rice, chicken meat grilled through charcoal, topped with sweet and spicy sauce.

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