Pangasinan | The Charms of Anda Beach | Photo Essay

The Charms of Tondol Beach

Tondol Beach is located in Anda, Pangasinan.  Tondol beach has fine white sand and a long stretch of shallow water.  It is a perfect getaway without the hassle, the noise and the crowd of the more known beaches in the Philippines. There are few and very cheap resorts in Tondol that offer perfect comfort for…

Pangasinan | The Less-explored Side of Patar Beach | Photo Essay

The Less-explored Side of Patar Beach

Patar Beach in Bolinao is perhaps Pangasinan’s most popular beach.  Many say it has fine white sand but in reality, Patar beach has golden sand.  Patar’s sand has a shade of yellow and not white. But Patar has a long stretch of awesome beach and the northern part, near Bolinao Treasures and the famous Balinao…

Pangasinan | Hundred Islands National Park | Photo Essay

Revisiting Hundred Islands National Park

Hundred Islands National Park has 123 islets on high tide and 124 on low tide occupying about 19 kilometers of Lingayen Gulf, in Alaminos City. The nearest islands to the Wharf are Sulpot Island, Monkey Island, Abad Santos Island and Hernandez Island. The popular islands where tourists can stop are Governor Island, Quezon Island, Children’s…

Pangasinan | San Fabian Church of St Fabian, Pope and Martyr

San Fabian Church of St Fabian, Pope and Martyr

Originally built in 1768, the Parish of Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr has been restored in 1856 after it has been burned when a sacristan carelessly threw a cigarette-end on its nipa roofing which caught fire at once.  The last major restoration of the current church was in 1955. Saint Fabian Parish Church is located…

Tawi Tawi | Of Tawi Tawi Breakfast and Satti | Photo Essay

Of Tawi Tawi Breakfast and Satti

Satti is a famous breakfast in Tawi Tawi.  Satti is grilled chicken placed on-top of cube rice and dipped in a special satti sauce.  I have only seen this delicacy in Southern Mindanao particularly in Zamboanga City. Being a regional delicacy, people here have lived and loved eating satti every breakfast. For snacks or alternative…

Tawi Tawi | Tawi Tawi Airport | Photo Essay

Tawi Tawi Airport

Sanga Sanga Airport or Tawi Tawi Airport is the only airport in Tawi Tawi. The runway has just been recently upgraded and it can now  accommodate Airbus A320 aircraft.  The terminal building is rather small, congested and has no X-Ray machine.  I hope they do something about the security procedures at the airport. Interestingly, the…

Tawi Tawi | Sunset at Sandbar Lepa | What to Do in Tawi tawi | Photo Essay

Sunset at Sandbar Lepa Tawi Tawi

If one asks a local where is the best place to hang around and dine in Tawi Tawi, their answer would be Sandbar Lepa.  Sandbar Lepa is not a sand bar or a bar.  It is a beachfront restaurant with some accommodation facility. After climbing Bud Bongao, I wanted to end the day with a…

Tawi Tawi | Island Hopping in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Island Hopping in Tawi Tawi

There are 307 islands and  islets in the province of Tawi Tawi and fortunately, I did a half day island hopping tour to see some of them when I was here.  Everything was arranged by my tricycle driver cum tour guide cum body guard.  Unfortunately though, I lost hold of my notes where I put…

Tawi Tawi | White Mosque by the Bay | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

White Mosque by the Bay in Tawi Tawi

I have to admit I forgot the name of this beautiful White Mosque located by the bay in Bongao, Tawi Tawi.  I was trying to contact my tricycle driver in Bongao but to no avail I can’t reach him already. Anyway, it was about 2pm when he brought me here and it was low tide. …

Tawi Tawi | Bongao Catholic Church | Church in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Bongao Catholic Church in Tawi Tawi

Tawi Tawi is a Muslim-dominated province being one of the provinces comprising the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or what is now known as Bangsamoro Region.  There are very few Catholics here or other Christian denominations.  I was told that only about 5% of the poeple in Tawi Tawi are Christians.  Never the less,…

Tawi Tawi | Bongao Badjao Village | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Bongao Badjao Village

My last stop over for the day is the Badjao Village. I asked Alvin to bring me to the famous water village where Badjaos live in peace and harmony with one another. The Badjaos here have relatively large population and they don’t live a life like the Badjaos we know in the streets of Manila,…

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter

My visit to the Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter is my baptism of fire in Tawi Tawi. On my first day, I told Alvin (my tricycle driver cum tour guide) to bring me to somewhere where I could feel a little tension – say, a Muslim flooded far-flung area, rough roads, or anywhere provided…