Today the Fort no longer serves as a defense monument, but as a tourist spot and likewise the house of National Museum in Mindanao. This version of the national museum features the Samal people and their culture at the second floor while the ground floor showcases the life of R.T. Lim, Zamboanga’s first who joined the Senate. Pictures of churches awaits tourists side by side RT Lim’s life.
Right next to the Fort Pilar is Fort Pilar Shrine. Still part of the fort, it is now an open spaced Roman Catholic Marian Shrine where devotees attend outdoor masses.
Benches align fronting the shrine while a mausoleum housing various of statues of saints.
There was also an area to light candles as you say your prayers.
We are not history buffs but we enjoyed Fort Pilar, its Museum and the Shrine beside it. For a little of history, the Fort Pilar has so much to tell.