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if arabians have their dhow, filipinos have their vinta. one among the earliest boats that is used for centuries now. vintas, old as they may be are traditional means of transportation in many parts of the archipelago especially in mindanao, the second largest among the 7100 or so named philippine islands. zamboanga, the city i hail from is famous for the most number of vintas. the colorful sail vintas, rowed manually are usually used for regatta, a festivity that attracts tourists in the city every first week of october in commemoration of the feast of the city's patron saint, The Lady of the Pillar.

the local dialect of the city is chabacano, a "mixture" of 75-80% spanish and 20 of the many others including tausug and visayan. most senior residents read, write and speak fluent spanish, a "gift" from Spain having ruled the country for more than 300 years. today, zamboanga city is known as Asia's Latin City.

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