15 Photos that show Tawi-tawi’s Darkest Secrets

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Lost in the Philippines (c) Dakilanglaagan

There are two provinces in the Philippines that Filipinos would rather not visit:  Batanes and Tawi-tawi. The former because of the “presumed” expenses in flying to the northernmost part of the country, while the latter because of the “presumed” danger imposed by the place. But are these presumptions real? Aren’t they negotiable? What if, these places hold the secret to a better and blissful living? What if these notions are of the past and should be left… in the past? Would you dare explore?

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A week ago, a group of travelers paid a visit to the southernmost islands of Tawi-tawi. Such weeklong cultural immersion made them discover the darkest secrets kept by Tawi-tawi which aren’t usually reported by mainstreamed media. Here are 15 photos that show Tawi-tawi’s Darkest Secret.

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Window seat view of Tawi-tawi (c) LostinCompass
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Whaleshark in Tawi-tawi (c) Francis Paul
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Basking on fine, white sands (c) LostinCompass
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Spell serenity. (c) LostinCompass
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Seafood? (c) LostinCompass
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Break of dawn (c) AsanasadsiJames
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Send-off (c) LostinCompass
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Fortress (c) LostinCompass
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Bongao Peak (c) AsanasadsiJames
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Portal to Paradise (c) LostinCompass
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Endings can be beautiful. Like, literally. (c) LostinCompass
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See the line where sky meets the sea? (c) LostinCompass
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Deep reflection on religion (c) LostinCompass
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What’s the Catch? (c) LostinCompass
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Tired of White Sand Beaches? Here’s Pink. (c) FrancisPaul

Such secrets to keep, right? But as we go along with life, we have to diverge from what society has been repeatedly telling and warning us about. Maybe it’s about time to navigate and allow our inner sailors to deploy. In the end, we find ourselves wishing we had more time and wanting to make more with what life and this world can give. Come to think of it, the saddest summary of life has been contained in two words: what if. Would you still fall prey on the presumptions above?

READ FULL ZAMBOANGA-TAWI-TAWI-BASILAN solo adventure here.

PHOTO CREDITS: Thanks to Gelique, Idas, James, and Francis Paul. Hope to join you on that planned Basilan-Sulu next time *fingerscrossed* Follow their adventures below! Let’s see them on trails?

 

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