In Zamboanga City, the main tourist attraction is the Pasonanca Park. Traversed by a gently rippling stream, this park is the only one of its kind in the country. It abounds with trees, flowering plants, ferns, shrubs and 600 different species of orchids.

There is a treehouse nestling high in the branches of one big tree where guests could pass the night and hold communion with nature which, in the darkness, could still be perceived in the gentle rustling of the pine trees. Permission to use the treehouse, which is for free, can be obtained at the Office of the Mayor.

Mindanao Governor John J. Pershing started the construction of Pasonanca Park in 1912. He sent for a parksman in the United States, once named Thomas Hanley, to prepare the plan and direct its execution. The park was completed under the administration of Governor Frank W. Carpenter.


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Pasonanca Park

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The famous Tree House of Pasonanca Park
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Close view of the Tree House
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At the base of the tree house has this marker a poem as follows:

I think that I shall not see
A poem lovely as a tree

  A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast

  A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray,

  A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

  Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who intimately lives with rain

  Poems are made by fools life me,
But only God can make a tree.

By: Joyce Kilmer

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Boy Scout of the Philippines, Zamboanga City Council Bldg
located at Pasonanca Park
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The Boy Scout's TeePee at Pasonanca



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