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Festivals Philippines Tawi-Tawi Travel

Agal-Agal Festival 2014 | The Seaweed Festival of Tawi-tawi

Sitangkai performs at the Agal-agal Festival
Sitangkai performs at the Agal-agal Festival

It was a feast to the senses. The vibrant colors move in a captivating array of patterns in purple, gold and rich green. The choreography was so just entertaining and their Pangalay (a type of Muslim dance) was just hypnotic in its graceful body movement paired with the elegant gestures of their fingers. I just came back in Tawi-tawi after more than five years since my last visit and already, I’m bombarded by this showcase of Sama culture in this Agal-agal Festival. Agal-agal is the local Sinama term for seaweed, an abundant commodity of Tawi-tawi. I can say what a festive way to welcome my return to the southernmost province of the country.

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Cotabato City Philippines Travel

Cotabato City: Tamontaka Church and Kutang Bato Cave Connection

Kutang Bato, the cave where the city was named
Kutang Bato, the cave where the city was named

Wandering around the streets of Cotabato City, It’s easy to assume that the city is predominantly a Muslim country with many minarets and crescent moons from Mosques jutting out from the city skyline. In fact, if it weren’t for the Hijab (women’s headscarf), it’s hard to tell whether one is Muslim or Christian. Both religions have been deeply intermingled since the birth of Muslim and Christianity in Mindanao.  The Tamontaka Church, the oldest church in the city, stands in testimony on the harmonious co-existence of both religions.