TRAVEL GUIDE: Zamboanga Sibugay (with Hotel)

Zamboanga Sibugay
My first destination in Region 9 was Zamboanga Sibugay, a 3.5 hours land travel from Zamboanga City. Ipil, its capital, is the usual stopover of the buses heading to the cities of Dipolog, Pagadian and even Cagayan de Oro City. Since it's a center, like other municipalities, there are big business establishments and the streets are busy. Ipil, as a busy area, hides something unique and a very Instagram-worthy tourist spot and attractions.

TAKE A PHOTO OF THE FAMOUS IPIL ROTUNDA OBELISK: If you're from Zamboanga City, you will definitely pass by the circumferential road where the gigantic obelisk stands. It is iconic and can easily get your attention because of its unique design.

VISIT THE MOST ARTISTIC PROVINCIAL CAPITOL IN THE PHILIPPINES: I personally consider the provincial capitol of Zamboanga Sibugay as the most artistic and colorful capitol that I have visited. The colors, the patterns, the shape of the structure, and the entire design are just stunningly perfect. Aside from the artistic design of the capitol, the area was made special because of the mini-Disneyland exhibit in front. This exhibit includes real-life Disneyland mansions and castles.

A mandatory selfie. Can you name this castle?

Had an overnight stay at GV Hotel, just a few meters away from Jolibee. It is one of the cheapest and budget-friendly hotels in Ipil. For 570 pesos, the room has a toilet and bath, two single beds, cable tv, and fan (because it's a fan room). The area is secured, near food establishments, BDO and other banks.

Cebu Pacific has regular trips to the airports in Dipolog City, Pagadian City and Zamboanga City. As previously mentioned, Ipil serves as the bus stopover, thus, you can choose either of these 3 airports. Then, you can take Rural Transit buses; Ipil to Dipolog is 5.5 hours, Ipil to Pagadian is 3 hours and Ipil to Zamboanga City is 4 hours. READ: SOLO-BACKPACKING IN ZamBaSulta, Region 9, Misamis Occ.