The happiness of travelling relies on the individual meaning we attach to it. To some, it means indulging on a lavish and comfortable trip on well-known tourist attractions; to others, it is about taking a tightwad method if you're on a shoestring account; while a small number would opt to spend a few of their bucks to set foot on off-beaten destinations. Well, it really doesn't matter, so long as you take pleasure in the journey and what the destination has to offer you.
Exploring the road-less travelled has satiated my sense of curiosity for the past years. The Philippines being an archip ...
Tawi-Tawi, one of the five provinces belonging to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is getting an increasing number of local and foreign tourists who in 2015 spent close to P1 billion there.
Marites Maguindra, secretary of the Department of Tourism-ARMM (DOT-ARMM), said local and foreign tourists arriving in 2015 to the island province reached 55,085 or a 14.3-percent increase from 2014 while posting P965 million in gross tourism receipts.
Over 48,189 tourists came to the province for holidays or business. Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost province in the country and covers sm ...
If there is one place in Tawi-tawi that was initially at the top of my list, that has to be the island municipality of Sitangkai. For several years, I have read that this sword-shaped island is the Philippines version of Venice where there are waterways and bridges, instead of roads and streets with a touch of Asian culture. With this narrative alone, it has confined my thoughts for quite some time. (Well who would not have wanted to see Venice?)
And so, when I had the opportunity to visit Tawi-tawi (the Philippines southernmost province) I did not let pass by the idea of visiting the fame ...
The boatman employed a slender piece of wood to drag us away from the sparkling waters surrounding Saluag Island, while I, for the last time, looked back to implant on my memory the two beacons that serve as landmarks to this hidden paradise. Soon the sound of motor engine replaced the calmness of the shallow sea, and in less than an hour we entered the last Tawi-Tawi municipality before Sabah the water world of Sitangkai.
Here, instead of roads and cars, you will be welcomed by a wide canal which serves as the main highway, a set of smaller channels leading to the more interior households ...
For years, I have been hearing from OMI confreres that the Philippines has its own version of Venice where waterways and bridges, instead of roads, characterize the place just like its European counterpart. This description has captured my imagination and dream, because Venice occupies a very special niche in my heart on account of my years of stay in Italy.
We took a "slow" boat from Bongao to Sitangkai. As we neared the place, I was struck by the natural and unadulterated beauty of other islands such as Sibutu, Tumindao, Sipangkot, and Omapuy. Their white beaches look like refined sugar. ...
Sitangkai is considered as a 2nd class municipality in the province of Tawi-Tawi. In addition, it is also called the "venice of the south".The majority of the people here are badjaos and sama. We don't often see floating market in the Philippines; however, when you go to Sitangkai you will be brought to a new world.
Travel to Sitangkai from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi is via Vessel. Visitors and Guests will love the panoramic view of many islets surrounding the area. What is amazing in this place is the existence of small community also known as " pondohan cluster" living in the midst of the sea ...