the Philippines as a country geographically divided into islands and regions also embraced a diverse cultural mix. democracy strengthened the right of the people to be part of a religion and protect its traditions.
the Southwestern side of the archipelago holds some of the most significant historical structures of Islam in the Philippines. Simunul mosque stands as the oldest mosque in the country found in the Southernmost group of islands of Tawi-Tawi while the other old mosque is found in Zamboanga.
the location of two of the oldest mosque in the Philippines supports the proof that Islam was first propagated in the country through these region. both mosque located near the coast and is surrounded by a community of stilt-house villages.
Zamboanga peninsula's oldest mosque in a coastal village of Taluksangay might not be as big compared to the many new mosques found around Mindanao. but it holds the title of being one of the most significant structure on the history of Islam in the country.
it was built in 1885 and survived the world war. it continued to expand until it was considered to be the center of the Islam influence in the region. on our visit there, the mosque was closed. we had to take photos from outside but the caretaker of the mosque noticed us and invited us inside.
despite Taluksangay Mosque beginning to be popular site for tourists it remains to be open to the public for free except on times when they are praying. as a respect, avoid taking photos inside during those times.
the mosque is very well maintained from the flooring to its surroundings. the upper portion was under construction when we were there but it was still at its beautiful form. standing beside a coast and a bridge to this islet.
check out Chyng's post on "Sound and Secured Zamboanga Trip".
how to get there:
Island: Stilt Island/Mindanao
Province: Zamboanga Peninsula
Region: Western Mindanao
6' 57'' 3 N
122' 10" 54 E
how to get there:
from Zamboanga City:
take the jeep going to Taluksangay just near Plaza Pershing in the city central. jeepney will only leave once it's full. so at certain times it would take some time before it leaves.
when you make your itinerary, it would be good to allot a time for the jeepney waiting time for both Zamboanga city central to Taluksangay and back.