Sulu may have a tumultous past, that we cannot deny. But the world has to know that it also has a very, very promising future.
At that time, I have only one thing left to do in my Jolo daytrip checklist: to look for the stained glass window created by a man named Abdulmari Imao.
My friend and I were surprised to find out that our gracious guide at Jolo had something else planned for us. I thought that he was well aware of our itinerary that we proposed weeks before, but we welcomed the slight change of plans anyway because we obviously had no other choice that morning.
Despite the gloomy weather, I can still see Quezon Beach's unspoilt beauty - its fine powdery white sands, clear turquoise-like waters and wide beach front.
It is a reminder too that while one could google or read so many headlines about a place such as Sulu, tasting its local delicacies could actually nourish, enrich and surprise you in more ways than one.