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Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro

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THE “WALIYAN” (main ritualist) is the man garbed in an all-white outfit with headgear. PHOTO COURTESY OF INITIATIVES FOR INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUES

Before sunrise on Wednesday, the “waliyan,” priests of the Erumanen Manuvu indigenous communities in Bukidnon province and Carmen town, North Cotabato province, held a synchronized ritual to implore the gods that their appeal to President Aquino for respect of their rights will finally be heard in the Bangsamoro governance setup.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Enchanted in Hinatuan

THERE’S no quick explanation for the color of the water in the Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province

Hidden behind towering rocky mountains near the Pacific Ocean in this sleepy town, a mystical river continues to enchant residents and tourists.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Women empowerment brings light to remote community

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BABY Mindalano, who barely went to school, has learned Tagalog mainly from listening to radio programs. NASH MAULANA

In a village where there is neither school nor electricity, a women’s literacy program is empowering their community.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

As peace dawns, ‘lumad’ seek answers

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ARUMANEN Datu Roldan Babelon and Timuay Santos Unsad of the Tedurays talk about their prospects in the Bangsamoro. GERMELINA LACORTE

Timuay Santos Unsad, a Teduray leader, knew Camp Omar ibn al-Khattab by heart, not as a camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but as a site of a sacred stone that the Tedurays call “batew,” a brown stone as big as a hill that never stops growing.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

77-yr-old Davao City looks forward

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PEOPLE gather outside Davao City Hall as the city celebrates its 77th foundation day. INQUIRER MINDANAO

Along J.P. Laurel Highway, the loud throbbing of a diesel-fired power plant drowns out the noise of traffic, as the frenzy for the upcoming Araw ng Dabaw, celebrating the birth of the city 77 years ago, reaches fever pitch.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Davao finds place on cocoa world map

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ASKINOSIE’S website showing Davao “tableya” GERMELINA LACORTE

On its website, Missouri-based Askinosie Chocolates features an enticing picture of Davao-made “tableya.” In 2009, it was a photo of a Philippine dark chocolate bar, 77-percent made from Davao cocoa.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

UN agency warns of Zamboanga ‘time bomb’

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THE DON Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (grandstand) where evacuees continue to stay to this day. INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO/JULIE S. ALIPALA

The rationing of water and continuing power outages in the city were like a “time bomb” that could explode in the form of a health epidemic and rising criminality in at least nine shelters for residents displaced by the terror attack by followers of Moro leader Nur Misuari and the government siege to flush the terrorists out, according to a United Nations agency monitoring the situation in the shelters.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

The expanding kingdom of God’s ‘son’

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MEMBERS of the Bagobo-Klata tribe prepare to fence off their land. GERMELINA LACORTE

Looking out of the window in a hut half-hidden from the road by thick banana leaves, Adelina Awog Guillego, 57, recounted how more than 40 men, armed with rifles and bolos, arrived in her village in Barangay (village) Manuel Guianga here almost a month ago, telling the people to leave.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Enchanting town copes with disasters

BARANGAY San Juan health worker Elenette Nalam wades through a road swallowed by seawater in the mangrove forest in her village. The mangroves, according to villagers, protected them from waves generated by Typhoon “Pablo.” KARLOS MANLUPIG/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Snuggled behind rocky mountains and directly facing the picturesque but treacherous Pacific Ocean, the sleepy fishing town of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur province offers lessons on ways to adapt to the alarming changes in the environment.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

New state school worries students

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THE FIGHT against rising tuition and the perennial lack of subsidy to state colleges and universities are the main rallying cries of students in their protests, like this group that held a rally in the Commission on Higher Education office in Quezon City. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Thirty-two-year-old Gladdys Noreen Tabios is looking forward to getting her education degree from an affiliate of Bukidnon State University (BSU) in the next two years. But she is worried this might not happen at all following the order of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to shut down BSU’s external campuses (ECs) located outside northern Mindanao.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Magbabaya’ a green god for tribe

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MEMBERS of the Higaonon tribe lead a communal rite seeking permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other terrestrial resources that are considered  priceless gifts. PHOTO FROM MinDaNow!

Colors burst along the banks of Lake Danao as villagers clad in crimson traditional garb gather for a communal rite that traces its roots to ancient traditions and is performed to seek permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other resources.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Province opens window on its soul

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FIGURES representing the mixed population of Davao Oriental—“lumad,” Christians and Muslims—greet visitors at the entrance of the province’s newly opened museum. NICO ALCONABA

The skeletal remains of Davor, the 53-foot sperm whale that was found dead on the shores of Governor Generoso town in 2011, greet visitors of the Subangan, the newly opened museum in the province of Davao Oriental.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

3 gay students make difference in Zamboanga City standoff

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THREE gay friends—(from left) Peter Jupiter Galvez, Ram Mahusay and Momar Javier—overcome fear and trauma at the height of the crisis. They challenged death to save more than a hundred hostages  during Zamboanga crisis. JULIE S. ALIPALA

Momar Javier already accepted his fate that he was “going to die” while being held hostage by Moro National Liberation Front MNLF) forces in Zamboanga City in early September.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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