Simunul Island

November 30, 2015. Students studying at Sheikh Karimol Makdum Mosque take a work break and wave at mosque visitors. The mosque, which was built in 1380, is the oldest mosque in the Philippines. Sheikh Makhadum karim was an Arab trader who came to Tawi-Tawi. The Mosque has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Historical Commission and a Natural Cultural Treasure by the National Museum. (Marlena Skrobe)


November 30, 2015. A Sama Dilaut woman shows off one of her mats in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi. Simunul is a fourth class municipality of the province of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. The first Muslims in the Philippines are said to have arrived through Simunul.


November 30, 2015. A Sama Dilaut boy in Simunul, Philippines.

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