Bud Bongao Peak

Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

Bud Bongao or Bongao Peak is the highest mountain (more of a hill) of Bongao Island and the entire province of Tawi-Tawi. It is considered as a sacred burial site for Muslim locals. They go here to worship, meditate and pray.

Bud Bongao is an icon of terrestrial biodiversity conservation and eco-tourism in Tawi-Tawi because of the wealth of its wildlife and its unique cultural impor ...

tance," says World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Tawi-Tawi Project Manager Dr. Filemon Romero. Once managed by WWF and the Philippines government, the mountain is now being looked after by the local government of Tawi-Tawi in a move towards local, decentralized biodiversity management that's seen as a potential template for other similar areas.

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  • Bongao Tawi-Tawis Old World Charm

    Bongao Tawi-Tawis Old World Charm

    Bongao is the capital town of the island province of Tawi-Tawi in the southernmost part of the Philippines. It's famous for its sacred mountain, Bud Bongao.

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    6 Interesting Things Places In Tawi-Tawi

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    1. Virgin, unspoiled islands

    One of Tawi-Tawis beautiful islands is Panampangan Island in Sapa-Sapa town. Ive been to many bucket list-worthy islands in the country but this island is remarkable, impossible for one to forget. It is an island of beyond descriptive words.

    Just 30 minutes to an hour away (via speedboat or boat) from the cap ...

  • How To SurviveA Solo Trip To Zamboanga Tawi-tawi And Basilan With A Budget Of 4K

    How To SurviveA Solo Trip To Zamboanga Tawi-tawi And Basilan With A Budget Of 4K

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  • Bud Bongao Bongao Peak In Tawi-Tawi

    Bud Bongao Bongao Peak In Tawi-Tawi

    Tawi-tawi is the southernmost province of the Philippines, and considered a gateway to the country's neighbor, Malaysia. It is located near the Sulu and Basilan, two of the provinces known for on-going conflicts between armed-rebel groups and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Because of this, a lot of people, especially those living in Luzon, are also afraid to visit Tawi-Tawi, unaware of the peaceful situation in the province.

    In my case, I was nothing but excited to have an amazing opportunity to step my foot in this humble province. I looked forward to experience the local culture of ...

  • The Guardian Of Tawi-Tawis Bud Bongao

    The Guardian Of Tawi-Tawis Bud Bongao

    Bud Bongao is a treasure trove of biodiversity and one of the last moist forests in the Sulu Archipelago.

    It is among the landmarks of Tawi-Tawi and renowned as a sacred mountain by locals and visitors alike.

    One of its local champions is 60-year old Rudy Hamja, whom everyone calls Imam Rudy.

    Over the last three years, Imam Rudy has been regularly climbing Bud Bongao. He hikes up the mountain every day except Friday, ascending for 30 minutes and descending in as little as 15 minutes ??" twice as fast as a regular pilgrim!

    All this climbing has kept Imam Rudy physically fit, making ...

  • The Guardian Of Bud Bongao

    The Guardian Of Bud Bongao

    Bud Bongao is a treasure trove of biodiversity and one of the last moist forests in the Sulu Archipelago. It is among the landmarks of Tawi-Tawi and renowned as a sacred mountain by locals and visitors alike.

    One of its local residents is 60-year old Mr. Rudy Hamja, whom everyone calls Imam Rudy. Imam Rudy has been climbing Bud Bongao almost every day over the last three years. He hikes up the mountain every day except Friday, ascending for 30 minutes and descending in as little as 15 minutes ??" twice as fast as a regular pilgrim.

    All this climbing has made Imam Rudy physically fit ??" ...