The traditions,lifestyle and cultures were shaped by the confluents of a lot of countries.Of all these,
the spanish culture had the strongest impact-about 50% of zamboangueño culture is anchored on españa a d its three centuries of presense
There is not much that dan be identified as indegenous in teems of beliefs and practices. They really love their heritage the role of the father as the family model quite strict, specially with daughters, and the mother as the light of the family whose kingdom was the home; or table manners that required a code of courtesy; the respect for elders and visitors that saw children relegated to their rooms until guests had left; or the Zamboangueño who was often called “un hombre de cojones.”
there are also traits such as misplaced or excessive pride, vanity, jealousy, boastfulness, and snobbishness that detracted. But put them all together, this was the Zamboangueño package, like it or not.
The Zamboangueño courtship and traditions are elaborate and regulated by a long list of required social graces. An example is the fact that a suitor could not sit unless permitted to do so by the lady’s parents, or the heavy cross-examination of the suitor who had to answer satisfactorily all questions as to his lineage, credentials, and occupation, or the courtship curfew, the need to cultivate the goodwill of all the members of the lady’s family.
“Zamboangueño songs” also show much of culture. The songs of love show the need for the harana or the coutship serenade as well as the limits puts on the expression of love by the norms of culture and tradition. The Chabacano Song Festival, has produced numerous Chabacano pieces. The Chabacano Song Festival is one of the events of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.