The islands-province of Tawi-Tawi was a former sub province of Sulu. It was formally created as a province on September 11, 1973 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 302, issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Although Panglima Sugala is the new capital, the de facto seat of government is Bongao where the provincial capitol is located. (223)Read More →

I, Bullet, and our Christian and Muslim guides woke up very early the following day. We don’t want to miss the boat going back to Bongao. Because we were blessed with a very beautiful sunset the day before, naturally I was expecting that we would have an even more beautiful sunrise. And it happened! As it rose from the vast Sulu Sea, the magnificent sun was truly awesome on that morning. (137)Read More →

A year ago today, I and my travel buddy Bullet went to Tawi Tawi. As part of that trip, we went to Simunul, an island south of the capital town Bongao, to see the oldest mosque in the Philippines, the Sheikh Karimal Makdum Mosque. As we wait the day to end, we spent time watching the sun as it about to get lost from our horizon. It was awesome as it painted and flooded the sky and the sea red. One of the best sunsets I ever had. (117)Read More →

The southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi personally poses one of the most compelling appeals. There is that inexplicable charm and mystique that moved me to put it in my travel bucket list. About August last year, I confidently shared to some guests of my desire to explore Tawi-Tawi. They were completely caught by surprise. A Tawi-Tawi Tour could be seen as too good to be true. Being part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Tawi-Tawi may have been undeservingly associated with insurgents and secessionists. In reality, it is far from it. That the several people groups who make up the province have been co-existing peacefully.Read More →