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