Nature’s canvas

Sunset in Tawi Tawi by Jojie Alcantara

Sunset in Tawi Tawi | Jojie Alcantara

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

This sunset can be viewed overlooking the sea where we stayed in Sandbar Lepa Resort in Tawi Tawi.  As it gave its last peek before disappearing from the horizon, we quietly captured it from our cameras, silenced in awe.

If I were to relive this moment over and over, I will most likely be staying longer in this island and coming over to this spot each day.

Tawi-Tawi is an island province southernmost of the Philippines, located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and sharing sea borders with the Malaysian State of Sabah and the Indonesian East Kalimantan province.  To the northeast lies the province of Sulu and to the west is Sabah in Malaysia, which one can visibly see on a clear day from its highest peak, Bud Bongao.  Tawi-Tawi also covers some islands in the Sulu Sea to the northwest, the Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi Island and the Turtle Islands which became a protected sanctuary, just 20 kilometers away from Sabah. The capital is Bongao.

Previously part of the province of Sulu, and which became a new separate province in 1973, Tawi-Tawi is said to be a derivative from the Malay word “jauh”, meaning far, hence a repeat of “jaui-jaui” would mean ‘far away’.

Philippine Map

Philippine Map and Tawi Tawi at the bottom

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Tawi Tawi on the Philippine map (cluster of colored islands)
© Roel Balingit / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Thanks to Cebu Pacific, Tourism Office of Tawi-Tawi, Ms. Salvacion Pescadera, and Gov. Sadikul and First Lady Juana Sahali.

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