Women’s March in New York City

January 21, 2017. New York, New York. On Saturday, January 21 more than 400,000 people marched through Manhattan in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, according to the Mayor’s Office. Although the exact numbers are debated, hundreds of thousands of people marched from the United Nations on 42nd Street and then turned up Fifth Avenue to march all the way to the Trump Tower. More than 2 million people across the world marched in solidarity.

Sama Dilaut Wedding

December 3, 2015. A Sama Dilaut bride dances the traditional Igal dance during day 3 of her wedding celebration. Igal is a dance practiced by the Sama or Sinama-speaking people in Southeast Asia. It is considered to be one of the most important forms in the country and is thought to be similar to dances found in Thailand and Cambodia. The bride is also dancing to collect donations from the villagers for her wedding. (Marlena Skrobe)

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.

Freedom in Tawi-Tawi

November 29, 2015. Local Tausug children: Rashidan Ilano, Ratael Omar, RIdzmar Omar, and Adasil Sabtari play on their favorite pier in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines on the evening of November 29, 2015. “This is all we do. I have no problem with life. Everything is good, “ says the oldest, Rashidan, before he leaps into the water. (Marlena Skrobe)

Tungkalang

November 25, 2015. A Sama Dilaut woman works on the beginning process of a Baloy mat. Baloy refers to the colorful mats made of dyed pandan leaf strips. These mats are extremely useful for the Sama Dilaut home. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 29, 2015. Sama Dilaut mat makers hard at work in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. Elders in the village are worried that many young Sama Dilaut women have l0st interest in carrying the tradition, but in this particular family the skill of weaving remains strong. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 29, 2015. A proud Sama Dilaut father and his newborn daughter. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 28, 2015. Boat builders watch the sunset on November 28, 2015 in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 28, 2015. Sama Dilaut and Tausug kids relaxing on the afternoon of November 28, 2015 in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

Bud Bongao Protectors

November 28, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Long-tailed macaque waits patiently for a banana offering as visitors climb the sacred Bud Bongao mountain. Bud Bongao is Tawi-Tawi’s most famous mountain. It’s a pilgrimage site for both Christians and Muslims.

Batu-Batu Market

November 28, 2015. Sunrise in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines on the morning of November 28, 2015. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 28, 2015. Fish are hung to dry in the Batu-Batu market in Tawi,Tawi, Philippines. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 28, 2015. Batu-Batu, Philippines. A Sama Dilaut grandmother and grandson sell seaweed and other small fish in the Batu-Batu market in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 28, 2015. Batu-Batu, Tawi-Tawi. Men carry fish from a fishing vessel to the market in Batu-Batu, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 28, 2015. Batu-Batu, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Fishermen prepare their nets before departing on a short fishing trip. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 28, 2015. Batu-Batu, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Fishermen sell their catch in the market in Batu-Batu, Philippines. (Marlena Skrobe)

An afternoon in Sanga-Sanga and Tungkalang

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Sama Dilaut, Tausug, and Filipino boys stand at the edge of the Sanga-Sanga Bridge on the afternoon of November 26, 2015. The Sanga-Sanga Bridge is a favorite location of the community for enjoying their free time. Kalik (front) is a young Tausug in the Sanga-Sanga village. He said, "We love to swim. Every day after school we all meet here and jump off the bridge." (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Sama Dilaut, Tausug, and Filipino boys stand at the edge of the Sanga-Sanga Bridge on the afternoon of November 26, 2015. The Sanga-Sanga Bridge is a favorite location of the community for enjoying their free time. Kalik (front) is a young Tausug in the Sanga-Sanga village. He said, “We love to swim. Every day after school we all meet here and jump off the bridge.” (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A handmade fishing spear of a Sama Dilaut child. The Sama Dilaut, also known as Bajau or Badjao, are expect fishermen and fisherwomen who survive off the bounty of the ocean. Unfortunately, this bounty is not as plentiful and the Sama Dilaut are struggling to survive and to celebrate their traditional fishing practices. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A handmade fishing spear of a Sama Dilaut child. The Sama Dilaut, also known as Bajau or Badjao, are expert fishermen and fisherwomen who survive off the bounty of the ocean. Unfortunately, this bounty is not as plentiful and the Sama Dilaut are struggling to survive and to celebrate their traditional fishing practices. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The handmade swimming goggles of a young Sama Dilaut boy. The Sama Dilaut are expert swimmers and divers. The goggles are usually handmade and smaller than store goggles so that there is less pressure on the face of the swimmer. They rarely free dive with more than goggles and their spear. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The handmade swimming goggles of a young Sama Dilaut boy. The Sama Dilaut are expert swimmers and divers. The goggles are usually handmade and smaller than store goggles so that there is less pressure on the face of the swimmer. They rarely free dive with more than goggles and their spear. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Sama Dilaut boatbuilder waits for the cue to release the rope used to pull the new ships out to sea. Boatbuilding is a major part of Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The newly constructed ships can only be tugged out to sea during hightide during the full moon. The entire community watches the difficult task. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Sama Dilaut boatbuilder waits for the cue to release the rope used to pull the new ships out to sea. Boatbuilding is a major part of Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The newly constructed ships can only be tugged out to sea during hightide during the full moon. The entire community watches the difficult task. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2016. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Boatbuilders of Tungkalang take shade under one of the recently painted ships. The ships take up most of the shore in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The ships take approximately one year to complete and they last about four years. They are used for cargo transportation in the Sulu Archipelago and Malaysia. Once the skeletan is completed they are pulled out to sea during the high tide and the inside of the ship is finishd out to sea. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2016. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Boatbuilders of Tungkalang take shade under one of the recently painted ships. The ships take up most of the shoreline in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The ships take approximately one year to complete and they last about four years. They are used for cargo transportation in the Sulu Archipelago and Malaysia. Once the skeleton is completed they are pulled out to sea during the high tide and the inside of the ship is finished out to sea. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The boatbuilders of Tungkalang take a break before the second attempt at pulling the ship into the ocean for it's completion. The ships can only be pulled into the ocean during high tide during the full moon. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The boatbuilders of Tungkalang take a break before the second attempt at pulling the ship into the ocean for it’s completion. The ships can only be pulled into the ocean during high tide during the full moon. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Tausug boatbuilder pulls the tug-rope into the during the high tide in Tungkalang. Tungkalang is a major Sama Dilaut village, but in recent years it has also turned into a major ship building area. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Tausug boatbuilder pulls the tug-rope into the during the high tide in Tungkalang. Tungkalang is a major Sama Dilaut village, but in recent years it has also turned into a major ship building area. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Fishermen head out to sea on the evening of November 26, 2015. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Fishermen head out to sea on the evening of November 26, 2015. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A local from Tawi-Tawi speeds by the Sanga-Sanga Channel after the ship pulling ceremony is complete. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A local from Tawi-Tawi speeds by the Sanga-Sanga Channel after the ship pulling ceremony is complete. (Marlena Skrobe)

Luuk Banca

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A young Sama Dilaut woman relaxes in front of her home on November 26, 2015 in Bajau Village, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bajau Village is one of the largest Sama Dilaut (Bajau) settlements in the area. The modern Sama Dilaut families live in stilt houses on the coast rather in the tradiational "lepa" (boat). (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A young Sama Dilaut woman relaxes in front of her home on November 26, 2015 in Bajau Village, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bajau Village is one of the largest Sama Dilaut (Bajau) settlements in the area. The modern Sama Dilaut families live in stilt houses on the coast rather in the tradiational “lepa” (boat). (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Two young Sama Dilaut boys walk along wooden planks in Luuk Banca Bajau Village. The Sama Dilaut used to live on boats, but now most live in stilt houses on the coasts for easy access to the ocean. Most garbage is deposited directly below the houses and during high tide is carried out to sea. There is no infrustructure set up in Tawi-Tawi to help with recyclables. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Two young Sama Dilaut boys walk along wooden planks in Luuk Banca Bajau Village. The Sama Dilaut used to live on boats, but now most live in stilt houses on the coasts for easy access to the ocean. Most garbage is deposited directly below the houses and during high tide is carried out to sea. There is no infrustructure set up in Tawi-Tawi to help with recyclables. (Marlena Skrobe)

Capitol Hill, Bongao

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Josie Jumah of the Philippines National Police stands guard at Capitol Hill, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque and can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It's a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Josie Jumah of the Philippines National Police stands guard at Capitol Hill, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque that can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It’s a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Minaret of the mosque at Capitol Hill, Bongao. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque and can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It's a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. A Minaret is a slim tower rising from a mosque. They vary in style and height, but they are used as a high point for prayer(adhan).(Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Minaret of the mosque at Capitol Hill, Bongao. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque and can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It’s a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. A Minaret is a slim tower rising from a mosque. They vary in style and height, but they are used as a high point for prayer(adhan).(Marlena Skrobe)