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Balobok Cave

This is part of the Balobok Cave in Barangay Lakit-Lakit in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, which offers a beautiful view of the sea in this photograph taken Tuesday (27 September 2023). The cave is being pushed as a heritage site for its beauty and for its historic significance as it reportedly hosts one of the earliest human settlements in Southeast Asia. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABRERA

Festival Queen

A girl arranges the balloon skirt of a festival queen during the street dancing contest of Iligan City’s Diyandi Festival on Wednesday (27 September 2023). It is one of the major events in the run-up to the city fiesta on Friday honoring St. Michael the Archangel, Iligan’s patron saint. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA

Meager Pay

Workers wade through a sewage system to install reinforcement bars in a canal improvement project in Barangay 31D in Davao City on Tuesday, 26 September 2023. According to the workers, laborers are paid P375 per day while skilled workers get P500. MindaNews Photo

Mindanao Art Fair 2023

Spectators take a look at different artworks on display at the Mindanao Art Fair 2023 in SM Lanang, Davao City on Monday, 25 September 2023. The Mindanao Art Fair, the biggest art event in the region, is participated by at least 500 artists belonging to 32 art groups and galleries. The event will run until 1 October 2023. MindaNews Photo

Exposing Them Young

Children ride carts near the art installations outside SM Lanang grounds in Davao City on Monday, 25 September 2023. The art installations are part of the ongoing Mindanao Art Fair 2023. This year’s event is participated by at least 500 artists coming from 32 art groups and galleries. MindaNews Photo

Glowing Houseboats

Colorful lights illuminate the boats that participated in the Lepa Festival on Sunday, 24 September 2023, at the Bongao Port. “Lepa” means houseboat. The Lepa Festival is part of the celebration of the 50th Kamahardikaan Festival of Tawi-Tawi province. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH CABRERA