Lami-Lamihan Festival in Lamitan

Lami-Lamihan Festival Lamitan Basilan Yakan Merrymaking Tausug Muslim Christian Celebration Holiday Custom Tradition Dance Date Schedule Pedro Javier Cuevas Datu Kalun Horse Race Parade Activity The Lami-Lamihan Festival is an annual celebration in Lamitan, Basilan. Lami- Lamihan is a yakan word means merrymaking. The festival has been named as such because it celebrates peace and harmony among the Yakans, Tausugs, Muslims and Christians. The festival started in 1983, and showcases the traditional Yakan customs and traditions, music, dances, andcrafts that has long been preserved. It also honors the founder of Basilan, Pedro Javier Cuevas, also known as Datu Kalun. Celebration of the event rekindles the native Yakans culture and diversity; the gentle people of province of Basilan south of the Philippines Townspeople are dressed in colorful costumes take part in horse races, parades, and other activities. Continue reading

Sumagdang Beach in Basilan

Sumagdang Beach Isabela Basilan Province Island Resort Location Swimming Coconut Plantation Rice Fields Farm Sand Surf Sumagdang Beach is located only four kilometers from the town of Isabela in Basilan Province. Sumagdang is a natural resort ideal for swimming, passing through coconut plantations, small rice fields, and fish ponds. It is easily accessible via buses, jeepneys, or even tricycles.


Balagtasan Falls in Basilan

Balagtasan Falls Basilan Waterfalls Hydroelectric Plant Location Height Length Cascading Water Width History Discovery Swimming Pictures The Balagtasan Falls is located in Basilan Province and is the biggest waterfalls in size in the region. The Basilan hydroelectric plant is located within the Balagtasan Falls, harnessing power from its moving torrents.



Malamawi Island in Basilan

Malamawi Island Isabela Basilan White Beach Lighthouse Sand Mindanao Lighthouse Location Surf Security Snorkeling Fisihing Village Malamawi Island is located in Isabela, Basilan. It is considered the gateway to Basilan Province. Here, the parola of the lighthouse guides ships and vintas to the channel. Here can also be found the traditional final resting places of the nomad sea-faring Badjaos and Samal-Luans-Banguingui. The island boasts of the only lake in the province with wild ducks and is home to the Panigayan fishing village, an ideal spearfishing destination. The beaches on Malamawi have been compared to the White Sand beaches of Boracay. Locals are predominantly Muslim Yakans and Tausugs although there are Chavacanos, who are mostly Christians. Religion aside, they welcome visitors and will be more than glad to be of assistance. Malamawi Island may not be as enticing in comparison to other famous beach resorts in Mindanao owing to some security issues, nonetheless, this Continue reading

Calugusan Beach in Lamitan

Calugusan Beach Lamitan Basilan Mindanao water sports fishing snorkeling scuba diving surfing tide sunset depth locationCalugusan Beach is a long stretch of while sandy beach facing the Basilan Channel. This place is ideal for any beach related activities as well as for relaxation. Its white sands and refreshingly clear pristine waters would entice you to stay longer and enjoy the serenity with only the gentle breeze murmuring to calm you. Facing the Basilan Straight, Calugusan Beach is located in a coastal barangay one kilometer away from Lamitan property. Calugusan Beach is bounded by barangays, Buahan, Luksumbang and Balas.

The Yakan Culture

YakanThe Yakans are concentrated in Tipo-tipo , Lamitan, Sumisip, and Tuburan in the Basilan Island of ARMM. There are also scattered populations on the islands of Sakol, Malanipa, and Tumalutad east of the Zamboanga Peninsula. The word Yakan means “Dayak Origin,” as they are believed to be descendants of the Orang Dyaks or Tagihamas of eastern Indonesia. They speak a dialect of Sama language and are culturally influenced in some respect by the Tausug. There is an estimated population of about 86,926 in the island of Basilan alone; largely concentrated in the municipalities of Tipo-Tipo (25,368), Lamitan (14,003), Sumisip (18,777), and Tuburan (19,349 NSO 1990). The dispersal in other parts of the country brings an estimated total population of 119,865 (NM 1990). Continue reading

How to Get to Basilan

Malamawi Beach Basilan

Zamboanga City is the main gateway to Basilan Island which lies 17 nautical miles (narrowest point of the Basilan Strait) due north. If you’re from Manila or Cebu, take a flight to Zamboanga City then take a jeepney bound for Canelar and walk towards the port. From there, a boat ride of 1 hour and 45 mins (for conventional passenger ferries), or 1 hour (for a fast craft), will take you to Isabela and Lamitan. The fare ranges from Php20 (student and senior citizen’s discounted fare on some conventional ferries) to P70 (first-class w/ aircon). Fast craft usually charge P140 for ordinary and P170 w/ aircon. Continue reading

White Beach on Malamawi Island

White Beach Malamawi IslandWhite Beach is located on Malamawi Island, right across Isabela City, the capital of Basilan Province. White Beach offers its visitors with shores that are filled with fine granules of white sand lining its pristine turquoise waters. The beach that has taken the top spot in this list is as well the best place to put on your snorkeling gears and see the bountiful sea-water creatures in it.

Basilan Province

Basilan ProvinceBasilan is an island province of the Philippines in Mindanao, just off the southern coast of the Zamboanga Peninsula. Basilan is the biggest and northernmost among the major islands of the Sulu Archipelago. The province is subdivided into eleven municipalities and two cities. Its capital is Isabela City, which is administered as part of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region. Basilan is located just off the southern coast of Zamboanga Peninsula. It’s the biggest and northernmost among the major islands of the Sulu Archipelago. Agriculture is the main source of economic livelihood. Basilan‘s major products include coconut (primarily copra), rubber, coffee, black pepper, and African palm oil.

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