I need to visit Basilan soon. Why?

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. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Sidney
    September 2, 2010 @ 13:58

    Never finish your bucket list… if you do… it is a sign you are ready to go… :-0

  2. journeyingjames
    September 2, 2010 @ 15:20

    naku, madami-dami pa akong pupuntahan. pero atleast, napuntahan ko na yung 5 dyan sa 8 provinces na kulang mo

  3. reena
    September 2, 2010 @ 20:20

    wow galing! congrats!pero natawa ako sa comment ni sidney. haha…

  4. dong ho
    September 2, 2010 @ 20:51

    you should. hahaha… finally!

  5. joemill
    September 2, 2010 @ 23:11

    with just only 9 to go! i say, wow bai! traveler jud kaayo ka! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. fetus
    September 3, 2010 @ 7:10

    astig! mayta’g ma pareha ko nimo…

  7. tutubi
    September 3, 2010 @ 14:04

    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 ๐Ÿ™

  8. thepinaysolobackpacker
    September 3, 2010 @ 15:14

    waaahhhh…tuloy na tuloy na nga ang Basilan mu! this year, goal ko din yan! *inggit ako*

  9. estan
    September 3, 2010 @ 21:44

    @sydney, its not my complete bucket list ๐Ÿ™‚

    @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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. toffee
    September 29, 2010 @ 13:55

    i ca help you w/ siquijor. got some relatives who live there..;p

  11. Elmer I.Nocheseda
    October 1, 2010 @ 15:55

    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.

  12. flip
    October 1, 2010 @ 20:44

    wow! naikot mo na buong pinas nyan!!! kakatuwa!

  13. estan
    October 1, 2010 @ 20:47

    @elmer, despite that, I’m looking forward to visit basilan soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    @flip, o nga e. hehehe

  14. Cedric
    October 13, 2010 @ 1:00

    Wow, konti na nga lang. What’s next after you tick them all off your list?

  15. estan
    October 13, 2010 @ 6:11

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

  16. Cedric
    October 13, 2010 @ 14:11

    Abroad! Cool! Hahaha. Long bus rides, eh? Sakit sa pwet kakaupo. Haha.

  17. estan
    October 13, 2010 @ 16:30

    @cedric, okay lang. sanay na ako sa long bus rides. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. pinoy boy
    October 19, 2010 @ 22:40

    grabe buong Pilipinas talaga! grabe at halos mapuno mo na ang Mindanao! Galing!

  19. estan
    December 20, 2010 @ 7:31

    @pinoy boy, matagal din yan ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Marco
    December 20, 2010 @ 7:50

    Basilan sounds interesting. Surely, it will be on my list next year.

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  22. joona
    April 11, 2011 @ 19:46

    Antique is seemingly sleepy but the exploration proved me wrong.

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  23. estan
    April 11, 2011 @ 20:04

    @joona, antique is also interesting. 1 day lang ako nakapunta but i have a standing invitation to visit the northern end ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Sidney
    April 11, 2011 @ 20:04

    You should visit Siquijor during next Holy Week…interesting stuff going on.

  25. estan
    April 11, 2011 @ 20:15

    @sidney, i’m setting my sights in Anda ๐Ÿ™‚

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