The southernmost mountain in the Philippines, only at 422 meters above sea level, Bud (Mount) Bongao is a must climb when you’re in Tawi-Tawi.
As a “right of passage”, you should give offerings (bananas!) to the expectant guardians of Bud Bongao (though ecologically is not really good. Once they detect you, they will congregate and can be aggressive. They will accompany you on your hike up.
The mountain is a religious site for our Muslim brothers. As you reach the peak, you will see 3 Tampats or shrines. The shrines are said to be tombs of a priest and/ or an ancient royal family.
The peak gives you an astonishing view of the Celebes Sea, the islands of Sanga-Sanga, Sibutu and Simunul and even Sabah on a clear day.