Facing Panguil Bay, the Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo was a Spanish fortress built in 1707 by a Jesuit priest Father Jose Ducos. It was built to provide the townsfolk protection against the marauding pirates and to shelter for Spanish galleons.
Also known as Cotta, the rectangularly-shaped Spanish fort had four bulwarks, namely, San Fernando, San Jose, Santiago, and San Ignacio.
The Cotta was a headquarter of the Philippine Constabulary during the American occupation of the Philippine islands.
During the Second World War, it was turned into a garrison by the Japanese Imperial Army. The fort was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in April 1955.
You can also find a museum and a Subanen souvenir store inside the Cotta.
On March 13, 2002, the Cotta was declared as a national historical landmark.Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Oct 1-10, 2013 Zamboanga Peninsula-Northern Mindanao-ARMM-Davao Regions Backpacking Trip.