Marine Protected Areas Protect Spawning Aggregations in Sitangkai and Sibutu

By FILEMON G. ROMERO, Ph.D. The Sulu Archipelago Reef complex, which is an ecologically important component of the Coral Triangle, is known to be a major habitat of the Napoleon wrasse or humphead wrasse locally known as the mameng. Sibutu and Sitangkai in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines are the centers of the mariculture of the Napoleon Wrasse… Read More Marine Protected Areas Protect Spawning Aggregations in Sitangkai and Sibutu

The Exceptional Universal Value of Turtle Islands

By JOHNNY R. LEE, Ph.D. There is more to the tiny group of islands known as Turtle Islands in Tawi-Tawi that is found in the southwestern tip of this country. Located within the Sulu Sea, it is at the edge of the international treaty limits separating the Philippines and Malaysia.  Consists of nine (9) major islands of various shapes… Read More The Exceptional Universal Value of Turtle Islands

Barter System in Tawi-Tawi’s Panglima Sugala

By JOHNNY R. LEE, PhD. A long-time traditional trading called ‘barter system’ is very much in active operation in this southernmost part of the country,  reviving the ancient practices of exchanging goods without the use of money. Located at Barangay Bato-Bato, Panglima Sugala in the Province of Tawi-Tawi, every Saturday of the week, one can… Read More Barter System in Tawi-Tawi’s Panglima Sugala

Ecotourism looms in Tawi-Tawi’s Turtle Islands

By FILEMON G. ROMERO, PhD. BONGGAO, Tawi-Tawi: Ecotourism in farther southern Philippines will boom once tourism facilities are established in the Turtle Islands of Tawi Tawi, the fifth province of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and which is near Sabah. Ecotourism facilities that include a hotel, a restaurant and four cottages will… Read More Ecotourism looms in Tawi-Tawi’s Turtle Islands

Spanish Fort in Bongao a major restoration project in Tawi-Tawi

By FILEMON G. ROMERO, PhD. BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi: One of the last remaining historical edifices in the Bangsamoro Nation particularly in Tawi-Tawi which has stood for the longest time as a symbol that the Bangsamoro has never been subjugated by the Spaniards is now proposed for restoration.  This proposal is consistent with the provision of the Constitution of the… Read More Spanish Fort in Bongao a major restoration project in Tawi-Tawi