slicing into the green
Spending time in the Chinese Pier is an immersion of the Tawi-Tawi way of life. The sea is still their highway and the boats their cars. Business is to a significant degree transacted on the boats by Bajao fishermen bringing their catch of the day, Samal vendors displaying native delicacies like panggi, Tausug traders showing off bartered wares from Malaysia and even Christian farmers seeking exchanges for their vegetables. Aside from being the port of entry of most people, the port is laced by eateries, stores and the public market at the seaside level. Within the wider arc of Chinese Pier, there are the banks, stores, mosques, government offices and schools. In a broad but realistic sense, Bongao rose from this floating market.
an interisland boat arriving at the Chinese Pier, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines