I’m traveling in Zamboanga, Tawitawi…

Macaque monkeys waiting for us at Bongao Peak, Tawitawi

I’m in Bongao, the provincial capital of Tawitawi at the far southwestern end of the Philippines near Borneo. Yes, I’m traveling and this is my third day of a 13 day trip around both ends, west and east of Mindanao. It’s good to be back, as actually, I’ve been here before, but it was almost a decade ago.

How was my travel for the past three days? It was great! Zamboanga was a bit chaotic but the short trip around the old quarter was a lesson in history. The following day, I flew with a friend to Tawitawi and for the past thirty eight hours, I’ve tasted sati, climbed Bongao Peak for the second time and just went to the beach after.

Davao will be next, starting tomorrow and after a few days, will be back in Maitum to explore a waterfall. After that place, I’m still thinking of probably going to Maragusan Valley, or visit Lolong, the biggest crocodile in captivity. But that can change though depending on circumstances.

Do wish me luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. Micamyx|Senyorita
    November 25, 2011 @ 21:27

    Gusto ko rin makapunta ng Tawi-Tawi at makabalik sa Maitum ๐Ÿ˜€ Can’t wait to read your adventures ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Bonz [Con Tour]
    November 25, 2011 @ 21:52

    Ingat pre. Amping lang.:-).

  3. Journeyingjames
    November 26, 2011 @ 5:59

    nice one pre! mararatibng ko din yan next year

  4. Pinoy Adventurista
    November 26, 2011 @ 8:25

    Zamboanga City proper is really chaotic… hehehe!!! but what i enjoyed most is Satti… sana meron din d2 sa Manila… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Josiah
    November 26, 2011 @ 10:49

    Gusto ko rin makapunta ng Tawi-Tawi. Balang araw magagawa ko rin yan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Arlene
    November 26, 2011 @ 19:44

    Have a great time exploring some parts of Mindanao, Estan.

    I wish I could listen to you again in your speaking appointment at SPAC in Digos, but time just won’t allow.

    Wish you all the best!

  7. Anonymous
    November 26, 2011 @ 20:42

    kayang kaya yan jo ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Anonymous
    November 26, 2011 @ 20:42

    thanx arlene

  9. Anonymous
    November 26, 2011 @ 20:43

    yup, very chaotic but i was kind of surprised with the history lessons while roaming around and seeing the sights

  10. Anonymous
    November 26, 2011 @ 20:43

    kaw pa ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Anonymous
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  12. Anonymous
    November 26, 2011 @ 20:43

    coming soon mica ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Edmaration
    November 29, 2011 @ 14:59

    I am craving for more of this! WOW!

  14. Glen Villar
    December 5, 2011 @ 6:58

    Nice. Love to look at the photos.


  15. » Top 10 reasons why 2011 is my travel year | Langyaw: Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
    December 31, 2011 @ 15:17

    […] I was able to visit Tawitawi twice this year, in a space of two weeks, after nearly a decade of first stepping on its shores. […]

  16. Cbaragona
    January 14, 2012 @ 9:21

    Did you ever make it off bongao island and further south?

  17. Anonymous
    January 20, 2012 @ 7:07

    I went to Simunul. I’m planning to go to Sitangkai and Sibutu around March this year.

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