Bud Bongao (Tawi-tawi, PH)

No Juan Is An Island

You haven’t been to Tawi-tawi if you didn’t go climb its highest peak (422 masl) – Bud Bongao. This is what most travelers would say when advising someone who plans to go on a sojourn down the Philippines’ southernmost province.


And so during our last day in Tawi-tawi, we decided to trek our way to the majestic and sacred Bud Bongao or simply Bud. Actually, upon arrival at the Sang-Sanga airport, this imposing landmark would already catch one’s attention for it dominates the landscape of Tawi-tawi’s capital – Bongao. The mountain looks like a miniature version of Table Mountain in South Africa from afar (especially if you’re coming from the Celebes Sea area), although some people would say it looks like a turtle too.


The mountain is forested and is home to different exotic flora and fauna like wild cattle and pig, and the ever famous white and brown monkeys…

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