AGAL-AGAL FESTIVAL | TAWI-TAWI WEEK-LONG
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp
If you love seaweed, then the Agal-agal Festival is the place to be. The locals of Tawi-tawi take pride in the abundance of delectable seaweed in their region, and the festival also coincides with the province’s founding celebration, Kamahardikaan sin Tawi-tawi, and the colorful indigenous boat festival called Lepa Festival. It’s a week-long affair that highlights Tawi-tawi’s agricultural and cultural pride that include the unique cultures of the Badjao, Jama Mapun, Sama, and Tausug. They have cultural street dancing locally called the Igal Ma Lan. Major activities, such as parades, cultural showdowns, and the Search for Budjang Tawi-tawi pageant, often happen on the day of Kamahardikaan sin Tawi-tawi.