If there is a bastion that has withstood the test of time, it has gotta be Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City. Founded by the Spaniards in 1635; attacked by the Dutch in 1646; deserted in 1635; reconstructed in 1666; rebuilt in 1719; stormed by Moros in 1720; bombarded by British in 1798; abandoned by Spaniards in 1898; occupied by the Americans 1899; seized by the Japanese in 1942; and finally claimed by the Philippines in 1946.
Saint and a Pigeon House Bells of the Virgin Mary Candle Offerers Worshipper of Sto. Nino The Cross The Ramparts Offer the View of the Sea Centuries-Old Walls Red-Bricked Ruins Not only a part of history, Fort Pilar is a symbol of faith among Zamboangenos. They believe that they have endured all wars and struggles because of the guidance of Senora Virgen Del Pilar. A flock of pilgrims usually gather at the Fort and offer their thanks and prayers to the Holy Virgin.