I need to visit Basilan soon. Why?

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A Dane riding atop the jeepney from the Saddle at Batad enroute to Banaue. Travels to remote and off-the-beaten path destinations coming soon.

I’ve checked my travel history and guess what!? I need to tick off Basilan off my list of provinces that I haven’t visited yet. And that includes eight others before I can complete all provinces visited in the Philippines. Will strike all off the list before the year ends. And the NINE:

  • Apayao (Luzon)
  • Quirino (Luzon) done December 2010
  • Mindoro Occidental (Luzon) done February 2011
  • Antique (Visayas) done November 2010
  • Guimaras (Visayas) done November 2010
  • Biliran (Visayas) done April 2011
  • Siquijor (Visayas)
  • Zamboanga Sibugay (Mindanao) done March 2012
  • Basilan (Mindanao) done December 2011

These are all interesting places that are off the beaten path and I intend to visit all by 2012.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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27 thoughts on “I need to visit Basilan soon. Why?

  1. galing! 2 dyan sa list mo napuntahan ko na…but I’ve yet to visit Batanes and Tawi-tawi to. dream ko rin to visit all provinces, i think I’ll be able to visit Maguindanao in a few months, just the peaceful town of datu paglas, not the killing fields 🙁

  2. @sydney, its not my complete bucket list 🙂

    @james, @fetus mapupuntahan mo rin mga provinces

    @reena, @joemill thanx

    @dong, sched ko pa

    @tutubi, i’ve just passed maguindanao. i’m thinking of visiting cotabato again

    @gael, itutuloy ko talaga 🙂

  3. Basilan is as big as Singapore island. Without the terrorism, it could be a travel hub, and could be as prosperous as Singapore. It could be transformed into a pleasant tourist destination with a mixture of interesting culture, people, festivals, beaches, food, and surrounding island hopping. It also has a wonderful history. But how would you enjoy it when you are greeted with armored tanks, high powered weapons, barbed wires. The church grounds are surrounded by armed men. Sayang. I was there on research for palm leaf art when Erap launched an all out war! My God! I never imagined I would be that close when they were fighting in Lamitan.

  4. @cedric, concentrate to go out more often abroad and do long bus trips of epic proportions around the country. hehehe

  5. @joona, antique is also interesting. 1 day lang ako nakapunta but i have a standing invitation to visit the northern end 🙂

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