Basilan's nature beauty is pristine and unspoiled. From the quaint cities, towns and countryside to the majesty of waterfalls and the serenity of seashores, from the historical relics of the past to the living heritage of the present, it's all in Basilan.

Investing in Basilan tourism offers an opportunity as yet untapped for its rich potential and promise. Some noatble tourist sites are; Taguime Shrine, Sumagdang Beach, Kumalrang Falls, Plam Beach, Caves, White Beach, Rubber Block Plantations, Bulingan Falls, historical landmarks, museum and the other rich-culture of Yakan.

On the other hand, every June, Lamitan celebrates its "Lami-Lamihan Festival" highlighting the preservation of Yakan Cultural Heritage, historical customs, traditions, and showcasing the unique colorful Yakan cloth and cultural presentations. This is in close coordination and networking of LGU, Line agencies, Private Sector, Foreign Entities, NGOs, CSOs and the Department of Tourism.

There are various attractions. Architectural landmarks include the Santa Isabel Cathedral, the Calvario Peak, on which the Chapel of Peace stands, and the Kaum Purnah Mosque. Natural attractions include the lake in the Panigayan fishing village, Sumagdang Beach and the waterfalls of the Kumalarang River. Various cultures can be visited, such as the Badjao, the Yakan, and the Muslim communities.

About Basilan

The ancient name of Basilan Island was Tagime, named after a Datu who once ruled a big part of the island before the Spaniards came to Basilan. In the long past, Basilan had other names. It used to be named Uleyan, derived from a mountain located at the heart of the island. Later, it was changed to Matangal, also named after Mt. Matangal in Tuburan. Other names given were Puh Gulangan (island of forest); Umus Tambun (fertile land); Kumalarang, named after a river; Baunuh Peggesan; and later it was changed to Basih Balan.

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