Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo: A National Historical Landmark

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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.

Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo in Ozamiz City, Misamis OccidentalAlso known as Cotta, the rectangularly-shaped Spanish fort had four bulwarks, namely, San Fernando, San Jose, Santiago, and San Ignacio.

Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo in Ozamiz City, Misamis OccidentalThe Cotta was a headquarter of the Philippine Constabulary during the American occupation of the Philippine islands.

Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo in Ozamiz City, Misamis OccidentalDuring 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.

Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo in Ozamiz City, Misamis OccidentalYou can also find a museum and a Subanen souvenir store inside the Cotta.

Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo in Ozamiz City, Misamis OccidentalOn March 13, 2002, the Cotta was declared as a national historical landmark.Fuerte de la Concepcion Y del Triunfo in Ozamiz City, Misamis OccidentalNote: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Oct 1-10, 2013 Zamboanga Peninsula-Northern Mindanao-ARMM-Davao Regions Backpacking Trip.

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