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Location of Brent Hospital and Colleges Inc.

Brent Hospital and Colleges Inc. is located on the southern most part of the Philippines, dubbed as the City of Flowers, Zamboanga City.


GEOGRAPHY

The city is situated on the southernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, 460 nautical miles south of Manila, 365 nautical miles northeast of Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) and 345 nautical miles northeast of Manado (Indonesia). It is bounded to the west by Sulu Sea, to the east by the Moro Gulf, and to the south by Basilan Strait and Celebes Sea. The total land area of the city is 142,099.99 hectares or 1,420.99 square kilometers.

CLIMATE

Zamboanga has a naturally mild climate, without a pronounced dry or wet season. Tropical cyclones or typhoons rarely affect it. The city is outside of the typhoon belt. Average temperature is about 27.6 C or 80.6 F, while annual rainfall is 1,200 mm.

THE PEOPLE

There are 442,345 inhabitants in the city, 76% of whom are Christians and 24% Muslims. Zamboanga City, the commercial capital of Region IX, has five ethno-linguistic members classified under the general heading of Muslims. They are the Tausugs of Sulu; the Yakans of Basilan; the Tau-Lauts commonly known as Badjaos; the Samas of Tawi-Tawi; and the Subanens of Zamboanga del Norte and del Sur. Each is distinct from the other in culture.

LANGUAGE

Imprints of the Castilian heritage are found in "Chabacano", the native "patois" which is 70% Spanish and 30% mixture of the other languages. Other native languages are Tausug, Bisaya, Samal, Yakan and Maranao. The major languages spoken in the city are Pilipino, English and Chinese.

ART AND CULTURE

The Spanish culture influences the way of life of the Zamboangueños. The culture blends harmoniously with Moorish and western influence.

HOW TO GET THERE

Beautiful Zamboanga is only an hour and a half by jet from Manila, one hour from Cebu and 50 minutes from Dipolog. It is one of the principal ports of call for cruise ships and inter-island vessels on the Manila-Cebu-Davao-Cotabato-Jolo-TawiTawi-General Santos-Cebu routes. On the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway that links Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, it lies at the southernmost tip... but land travel to this off-the-beaten-track dream destination in Southeast Asia is better left to the adventurous.