The Kamahardikaan Festival in Bongao

Kamahardikaan Festival Bongao Tawi-Tawi Calendar Date Schedule Celebration Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao Armm Budjang Agal Parade Float Costume Activities Fluvial Parade Trade Fair Scubasuero The Kamahardikaan Festival is celebrated annually in Bongao in Tawi-Tawi Province. The Kamahardikaan Festival brings out the cultural richness of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The highlight of the festival is the showcase of talents for search of Budjang Tawi-Tawi and is the most anticipated event is the Agal-Agal, where different municipalities compete for the best parade float and best costumes. Other activities include the fluvial parade, trade fair, scubasurero and sports competition. The Kamahardikaan Festival is usually held in September on the streets of the provincial capital, Bongao. Kamahardikaan means “to honor” in Sinama, which is the vernacular of the Sama—the collective name of the people of Tawi-Tawi. The event will project the Continue reading

The Seaweed Festival in Bongao

Seaweed Festival Bongao Tawi Tawi Location Agal Agal Celebration Harvest Carrageen Calendar Date Week September Costume Culture Tradition Street Dancing Parade Trade Fair Regatta Night Beauty Pageant The Seaweed Festival is held annually in Bongao in Tawi-Tawi Province. Also known as the Agal-Agal Festival, it is a thanksgiving fest festivity to celebrate the success of the local harvest. Agal-Agal means carrageen seaweed. The Seaweed Festival is similar to the Meguyaya festival. This week-long festivity is celebrated every fourth week of September showcasing the region’s economic potentials, culture, costumes and tradition; with like activities such as; streetDancing Parade and field demonstration; Trade fair, Regatta; Cultural Night Presentation; Beauty Pageant;Environment Protection and Conservation Forum; and to capped with is the conduct of business matching with ASEAN countries. Continue reading

Tawi-Tawi Province

Tawi Tawi IslandTawi-Tawi is an island province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The capitals of Tawi-Tawi are Bongao and Panglima Sugala. The province is the southernmost of the country sharing sea borders with the Malaysian State of Sabah and the Indonesian North Kalimantan province. To the northeast lies the province of Sulu and to the west is Sabah in Malaysia. Tawi-Tawi also covers some islands in the Sulu Sea to the northwest, the Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi Island and the Turtle Islands, just 20 kilometers away from Sabah.

Tawi Tawi island lies between the Celebes Sea (southeast) and the Sulu Sea (northwest). Tawi Tawi’s westernmost tip is a scant 40 miles (64 km) east of Borneo. Of volcanic origin, Tawi Tawi Island is about 34 miles (55 km) long and from 6 to 14 miles (10 to 23 km) wide and is hilly and heavily wooded. The inhabitants are primarily Sama, a Muslim people speaking Sama-Bajau languages of Continue reading

Manuk-Mangkaw Island in Simunul

Manuk Mangkaw IslandManuk-Mangkaw is an island located slightly beyond and across the channel. It is said to be “floating like an umbrella,” under which submarines of the Allied Forces sought refuge from enemy depth charges during World War II. Manuk-Mangkaw derives its name from a cluster of branches atop an ancient tall tree forming the image of a hen about to walk. It was used as a landmark by seafarers who jestingly called upon the “hen” to take the first inevitable step – ” manok mankaw,” meaning “walk, then walk.”