Now Discovering the Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka with @wewanderasia. Adjacent to Sigiriya Rock, the Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka is an ideal spot for to catch the sunrise. To make the most of our your trip, trek to the Sigiriya Rock for the sunset."Blown away by the 8th World Wonder." #thediscoverer#nowdiscovering
Bud Bongao, the sacred mountain of the people in Tawi-Tawi. Upon my visit there back in 2011, this mountain immediately caught my attention as I've never seen a flat-top peak before. It reminds me of Cape Town's Table Mountain, although a significantly cuter version of that one. Though rising only 300+ meters, Bud Bongao has a dominating presence not only because of it's distinct shape but also because it is the only mountain in the island group. I climbed this peak and was amused to discover more than a dozen endemic long-tailed macaques stalking us as we trekked up to the summit. This is the only mountain in the Philippines that I know of that has this many, interactive monkeys. Glad to learn that the mountain and its environs have finally been placed under protected status (since 2014). It is the first site in the ARMM to be a protected site and I believe to be completely administered by the local government. Among Tawi-Tawi's many islands, it is in Simunul that Islam was introduced by a Arabian trader Karim Al Makhdum - in 1380 CE. That's more than a century before Christianity was brought by the Spanish to what would then become the Philippines. I love the idea how traveling to and visiting unfamiliar places becomes a springboard for questions, for "whys" and "what-ifs," that no history book can do. Like what gave the Spanish the authority to collect all these islands, from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi....and decree it as its (then) territory? Bakit di pa nila sinama Borneo, atsaka Taiwan? Travel feeds the mind and the soul like no other thing can. 📷 5D2 + 24-105.