Sulu Province, Philippines
List of Municipalities in the Sulu, province of The Philippines
Banguingui (formerly Tongkil) • Hadji Panglima Tahil (Marunggas) • Indanan • Jolo (Capital) • Kalingalan Caluang • Lugus • Luuk • Maimbung • Old Panamao • Omar • Pandami • Panglima Estino (New Panamao) • Pangutaran • Parang • Pata • Patikul • Siasi • Talipao • Tapul
Cities in the Province of Sulu: NONE
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Sulu Province within The Philippines
Provincial Capitol of Sulu
Province of Sulu, Philippines
- Sulu has a total of 410 barangays, 19 municipalites, and 0 cities
- Registered Voters of Sulu as of (2010) = 209,677
- Population of Sulu (as of Aug 1, 2007) = 849,670
- Land Area of Sulu (as of 2007, in hectares) = 343,699 (The land area of Omar is not included. No data yet.)
- Sulu is a 2nd class province.
- The province of Sulu is within Region XV-ARMM in the Sulu Achipelago
- The capital municipality of Sulu is Jolo
Geography of Sulu, Philippines
The province consists of over 400 scattered, and almost isolated, islands, stretching from the tip of Zamboanga Peninsula southwestward towards Borneo. It forms one of the three southerly connections of the Philippines with Borneo.
Climate: The Sulu Archipelago is outside of the typhoon belt, and its climate is mostly warm, moist humidity, but precipitation is constant throughout the year. February is considered the coldest month, while May to August are the hottest with a mean relative humidity of 86% (one of the hottest in the country), and January to April is considered the dry period with a monthly average of 7 to 9 inches of rainfall. The mean annual temperature is 26 degrees centigrade, and the maximum is 27 degrees centigrade.
Location of Sulu, Philippines
The Sulu Archipelago is the southernmost tip of The Philippines. It straddles both marine-rich Sulu Sea to the North and Celebes Sea to the South, and Borneo to the West.
History of Sulu, Philippines
Brief history: Inhabiting the shores and coast of the many islands which constitute the Sulu Archipelago, the people of this Philippine province historically take to a seafaring way of life. Long before Miguel Lopez de Legaspi of colonial Spain colonized Cebu in the early 1500s, foreign sea traders were already familiar with the busy waters of the Sulu Archipelago. When Manila and Cebu were still building their humble settlements, Jolo Island’s capital of Jolo was already a busy city, being one of the most important trading center in the Philippines with growing trade between its inhabitants and the Chinese merchants.
The early population of the archipelago had been influenced by the introduction of Islam toward the end of the fourteenth century by three historic men named Makdum, Raja Baginda, and Abu Bakr.
The Sultanate of the Sulu Archipelago began to rise as a system of government in those days, with Raja Baginda being its first supreme ruler. Abu Bakr succeeded him afterwards, firmly establishing Mohammedanism and effected governmental reforms.
The presence of foreign forces in the Sulu islands brought about several conflicts that caused the fall of the first organized state in early Philippines. For 300 years, beginning from the 16th century, the Suluans, as the people of the Sulu Archipelago are called, fought all alien forces that had attempted to dominate them and change their way of life.
The first armed conflict staged by the Suluans was against the Spaniards, around 1578, when Captain Esteban Rodriguez de Figueroa conducted an expedition against the Muslims. The "Moros," as the Spaniards liked to call them (relic of the Moors’ 900-year conquest of Spain), retaliated by pillaging the coastal towns in Visayas and Luzon under Spanish control.
This Muslim hostility caused the Spanish government to send at least five military expeditions to Jolo for punitive retaliation. The fourth expedition, led by Governor-General Corcuera in 1638, resulted in the first Spanish occupation of Jolo. The fighting, which lasted for three and a half months, forced the Suluans to flee their capital. Corcurera occupied the town, reconstructed its forts, and left a Spanish garrison behind. However, in 1646, this garrison was recalled to Manila and Jolo was thereby abandoned.
During the nineteenth century, the Spanish made a second occupation of Jolo. Spain eventually evacuated Jolo and the Sulu Archipelago for good in May 1899, and turned over the local government to the Suluans. Foreign domination of the archipelago continued during World War II when the Japanese occupied the Philippines. These short anecdotes of the area’s history have made the Sulu Archipelago what it is today.
Nowadays, with more Suluans being educated by the government school system, the normal reaction of fierce resistance to anything foreign has given way to an attitude of understanding and compromise, resulting in a mix of the old and new, a cornucopia of the east and west influence. This peaceful coexistence has been immortalized in the province’s official emblem, where the Cross-symbols of Christianity harmoniously blends in with the Crescent & Star, symbolizing the Islamic faith.
People of Sulu, Philippines
The principal dialect of the natives of the Sulu Archipelago is Tausog, a Muslim dialect. The rest speak Samal, Cebuano, Chavacano, Tagalog, and other Philippine dialects. English is also widely spoken.
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- Elected officials of Sulu for the term of 2010-2013
- Provincial Governor: Abdusakur Mahail Tan
- Provincial Vice-Governor: Benjamin Tupay Loong
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Schools in Sulu, Philippines
School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.
Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.
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Economy of Sulu, Philippines
The Sulu Archipelago is, surprisingly, a progressive province for income standards. While there is an absence of natural mineral deposits, the area nevertheless abounds with valuable timber resource. Lying outside the typhoon belt, the archipelago is blessed with a year-round bounty of harvests from the land and the surrounding seas.
Due to the character of soil and climate, the province of Sulu grows greater variety of products than any other part of the country. In addition to all the crops of the islands, which consist mostly of abaca, coconut, and fruits like oranges, lanzones, and jacks, other fruits that do not grow in the northern islands of The Philippines are harvested here, such as the mangosteen and durian.
Fishing is the most important area industry. Trepang and pearls are extensively harvested from the area’s rich waters. Sea turtles and fish of all kinds are also caught. Unfortunately, most of the fishing industry has gone into the hands of the Chinese and Japanese.
When the Suluans take a break from their fishing activity, they engage in boat-building and mat weaving. The people have learned how to produce beautiful trays and combs out of turtle shells. Additionally, technology has taught them to preserve the durian and mangosteen fruits. Overall, the Sulu Archipelago has industries such as boat building, mat weaving, coffee processing, and fruit preservation (durian and mangosteen).
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Natural Resources of Sulu, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Sulu, Philippines
Historical Points of interest:
Walled City – Jolo Island's walled city is the smallest in the world. Here is located the historic brick walls of Jolo that now crumble due to age, neglect, and decay. All around, there are evidence of Jolo´s historic and continuous strife. At the entrance of the city are four ancient gates which were once used as watchtowers, and several visible, yet symbolic, mounds that represent public graves of fallen Spanish and American soldiers who died from conflict against the fiercely independent Muslim warriors.
Provincial Capitol – It was constructed during the administration of Governor Murphy Sangkula. This is also considered one of Jolo´s main tourist attractions because of its beautiful Moorish-inspired architectural design.
Port Asturias - Located .85 km away from the town center of Jolo.
American Calvary Monument - It is by far the only existing museum of its kind in the Sulu Archipelago. It is located a little more than 1 km. from the central town of Jolo.
Maubo Beach - It boasts of at least 1 km of powder-white sand, and is frequented by the local citizenry due to its public accessibility.
Tandu Beach - Located just 2 kms. away from the Jolo town center, it is also a beautiful white sand beach.
Tadjung Beach - Another white sandy beach just 3 kms. away from the Jolo town proper.
Special Tourist Interest:
Pearl Farm at Marungas Island - It can be reached by a 30-minute pump boat (motorized outrigger canoe) ride from the island of Jolo. The Sulu Sea is dotted with coral reefs and can provide some of the world’s best dive spots for those seeking the ultimate in underwater beauty and adventure. At least half of the world's known sea shell species are found in the immensely rich marine waters of the Sulu Sea.
Tubbataja Reef - is the best-known dive site in the Sulu Sea, drawing divers from all over the world. Philippine dive books and diving experts claim that diving here is a wonderful experience due to the rich marine life that abounds in the reef. Snappers, sweet lips, groupers, angelfish and morays can be found amid huge fan corals and sponges. Large schools of barracudas, jacks, rainbow runners and surgeons pass by while schools of tuna race about. Most divers use Puerto Princessa in Palawan as their jump-off point. The most experienced dive cruise vessels are docked here.
How to get there: Jolo Island and its capital of Jolo is the gateway to the islands of the Sulu Archipelago. Three commercial flights are available daily from Zamboanga City.
Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Sulu, Philippines
Jolo Town Fiesta
Hariraya Puasa - A religious Muslim holiday.
Hariraya Hadji - A religious Muslim holiday.
Amon Jaded - A religious Muslim holiday.
- PH stock index continues gain in second straight session
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:03 pm
- MANILA, Philippines—Philippine stocks ended in the green for a second straight session, bringing it closer to the index’s previous all-time high on May 15, but some analysts remained unconvinced that this was the start of a new uptrend.
- The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed 0.78 percent to 7,385.07 on Wednesday’s close while the broader all-shares index rose 0.61 percent to P4,534.20. The PSEi hit a new record high last week when it breached 7,400. .........Full Story
- PH-Germany social security accord eyed
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
- Berlin -- The Philippines and Germany are eyeing a bilateral social security agreement next year that seeks to benefit at least 60,000 Filipinos working in the European Union-member country.
- Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad said both parties have expressed interest to work towards the signing of bilateral social security agreement..........Full Story
- Pinoy rowers bag 2 SEA rowing golds, finish third
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines collared two gold medals and one silver to finish third overall behind Vietnam (5-4-1) and Indonesia (3-4-3) in the Southeast Asian Rowing Championships in Selangor, Malaysia over the weekend.
- Reigning SEAG champion Nestor Cordova stamped his class in the men’s single sculls while SEAG bronze medalists Edgar Ilas and Benjie Tolentino reigned in the lightweight men’s double sculls to lead the Phl harvest. Roque Abala and Alvin Amposta settled for the silver in lightweight men’s pair..........Full Story »
Sulu, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- Total Distance to be traveled: 540 kilometers or 338 miles - Visit our WebPage
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12 Vietnamese poachers, arrested in Sulu
- Source: http://dzmm.abs-cbnnews.com/news/Region/12_Vietnamese_poachers%2C_arestado_sa_Sulu.html
- Saturday, May 12, 2012
- By Report from ABS-CBN News
12 Vietnamese arrested for allegedly poaching in the Sulu Sea Area Pangutaran.
recovered in the Vietnamese now confined to Sulu Provincial Jail are black corrals and turtle shells.
With this interacts with the police Bureau of Immigration ( BIR) for the case isasampang foreigners.
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