To Sionogan We Go.

The kids (siblings and cousins included) wanted to go swimming so we went to the nearest beach which was Mobo Beach.
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It was a Saturday and surely the place must be flocked with locals and it seems that I was right on this. Now the photo below is just a segment of the beach with specks of people out on a late morning swim. Someone bought these peeled bamboo stalks and upon inspection I was surprised it contained a sweet treat within its recesses which thay called Durul ha Patung. The sound it made was the same as that to a bamboo wind chime which was really cool.
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Here’s what it looks like when you open it. The sides of the bamboo have already been split in pieces so you can easily open it while using the stick as a medieval fork. It tasted pretty good and sweet and chewy with a hint of coconut milk and rice paste. Tribal!
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Lanzones (Lansium parasiticum) was also abundant and they brought along with them 10kg worth of these tasty berries. It is rich in fiber and antioxidants too!
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This may look like a bite sized empanada but no. It’s what they call a pastil. The difference is that it isn’t sweet and meaty but rather contains sotanghon or bean sprouts to which you dip to a spicy sour sauce. Delicious.

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Next up these bangkas arrived saying they would pick us up to lead us to an island because my dad got invited by these folks. We were a bit hesitant going there since there was news a couple of weeks ago that there was some hostility and a shootout happened which killed people. Turns out that there was a peace treaty on that exact day and we all had to go there because the head of the community invited us himself.

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The place was called Sionogan. A barangay found in Indanan, Sulu. The place was very remote and the boat trip took about 40 minutes. We then reached this little hut by the sea which was a greeting area for visitors like myself.

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We were greeted kindly by the locals and they immediately served us these unfamiliar appetizers. The small round balls you see here are called Palikambing and is made up of banana which as you expect tastes is sweet and fruity. The other one that looks similiar to something else is what they call Panggi-panggi. A sweet and simply made dough. Both have been deep fried to golden brown tastiness.

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Too bad we arrived there on a low tide because we could have used this hut boat for a ride. The waters were a clear blue and you could see various marine life from pufferfishes, crabs and even oysters.

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The sea was very calm and inviting.

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Look Ma! They got dried fish all over the place!

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Turns out the peace treaty was spearheaded by the village elders through talks and prayers. We had lunch by the sea and they served it all on a tray. There was fried fish, various noodles, seaweed and hot Tiyula Itum (Black Soup).

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I had the chance to hold one of these extra large millipedes. Several people gasped at my fascination for this exclaiming that you weren’t supposed to touch them. They excreted acid was quite painful when you came in contact with it. Luckily I got none of that but I did wish to bring this one home with me. It was as big as my hand!

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That’s my sister (right side) and a cousin of mine busy playing with little fishes they placed in a bottle attempting to touch them with their fingers.

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So that’s it for today! I’m going to share another photo blog with my visit to the murky Tabo-an.

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  1. […] This fruit you see above is a Mangifera caesia or wha they locally call here as a Bauno. It does look similar to that of a mango but is another species. It was my first time to try it there and I rather liked it eaten unripe with Balachang (Spiced Shrimp Paste with Soy Sauce). It tends to be a bit too mushy when ripe with a distinct odor.   but It was a night of storytelling later on that evening. More to come on the next post when we got the chance to visit Sionogan! […]

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