stilt houses if seen from a satellite would even seem to be houses built on an islet. but these houses are actually built on shallow shores on top of strong pillars forming a village often connected by wooden bridges.
if you are restrained to going to Basilan, Zamboanga's Rio Hondo has a large community of houses built on stilts. it is easily accessible from the city but like most of the village, it is recommended that you have at least a local to be able to commune with the locals.
with the advantage of able to speak Chavacano, we had the chance to tag along one of the locals who we just asked to bring us on a nearby area. but while we were sharing him about our interest on the houses, we ended up reaching the edge of the village of Mariki.
it was a great experience that we had the chance to see some of the locals wearing malongs and colorful head covers. most walkways are already wide and strong unlike the ones that i've seen in Basilan which has long wooden pathways that is less than 12inches. walking along these walkways brings back memories of the projec of the Basilan Youth Development Council way back in the 90s where we won overall in the national category as the best project in the Magnolia Youth Achievement Awards. the project supported a long wide and firm walkways to the Samal village in Malamawi including a floating school.our next stop was Zamboanga City's famous Jimmy's Satti House which is just along Pilar St. can easily be accessed by tricycle or taxi. it serves one of the best satay, a Muslim delicacy. not all might find satay delicious as it is relatively considered a typical street food in the city. there's nothing really different in this satay except for the great mix of the sauce.
but if one wants to try it, they say Jimmy's Satti House serves it best. after we had it with chicken, some liver bbq and puso, i would say it is. in Indonesia, it is considered as a national dish and they have a great variety. something interesting. something i would like to try in the future.
how to get there:
you can take any tricycle or taxi from the central city area of Zamboanga. it is just about 15-20mins trip farther than Fort Pilar on the Zamboanga City's East coast.
from Manila, there are daily flights from Manila to Zamboanga with the major domestic airlines. usual flight time is an hour and twenty minutes or less.
island: mainland Mindanaoo
province: Zamboanga Peninsula
6^ 53" 50' N
122^ 5" 20' E