Province of Sulu

The towering minarets of the magnificent Tulay Mosque in the southern Philippine Island of Jolo in the Sulu Archipelago. (Photo By Al Jacinto)

Exploring the Enigmatic Province of Sulu, Philippines

Sulu is an island province located in the Sulu Archipelago in southern part of the Philippines, is part of the BARMM Region. The province is comprised of several islands, with Jolo being the most prominent and the provincial capital being a municipality.

Sulu’s geographical placement in the Sulu Sea strategically positions it as a bridge between the islands of Mindanao and Borneo.

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Historical Richness

Sulu boasts a storied past, prominent for its role as the center of the Sulu Sultanate, which was established in the 15th century. This sultanate played a significant role in the spread of Islam in the region, and its influence extended through the archipelago and beyond. Historical landmarks, like the Mauboh Ulilang Bunduk and the Tulay Mosque, provide a peek into the province’s rich historical tapestry.

Sunset_in_PDC, Kabucan, Sulu by WikiSharee

Unique Culture and Traditions

The culture of Sulu is predominantly Tausug, a group known for their bravery, vibrant dance, and music traditions such as Pangalay, a dance characterized by intricate finger movements. Additionally, the province is famous for its intricate handicrafts, including the weaving of the colorful and vibrant Pis Syabit, a traditional fabric.

Natural Beauty

Despite its small size, Sulu offers a remarkable array of natural beauties. From the lush mountainous terrains to the pristine beaches and untouched coral reefs, the province is a haven for nature lovers. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, although administratively part of Palawan, lies off the coast of Sulu and is a world-renowned diving destination.

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Challenges and Resilience

Sulu faces significant challenges, including political instability and safety concerns that have impacted its development and tourism. However, the resilience and warmth of the local people, alongside efforts from both governmental and non-governmental organizations, show promising strides towards peace and development.

Culinary Delights

The cuisine in Sulu is a delightful experience, with a mix of Malay, Chinese, and local influences. Must-try dishes include Tiyula itum, a black soup flavored with turmeric and burnt coconut, and the savory-sweet combination of Piyanggang, a dish made with chicken coated in burnt coconut paste.

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Sulu is a province of contrasts, with a rich historical heritage and resilient spirit. Although travel might require caution, the cultural tapestry and untouched natural beauty make it a unique destination to explore. With ongoing peace efforts and local hospitality, Sulu holds a beacon of hope and a treasure trove of traditions waiting to be appreciated.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (


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