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Giving another chance to dropouts

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SOME of the beneficiaries of the BEAM-ARMM program at work  PHOTO FROM BEAM-ARMM

He dropped plans of going to college after graduating from high school in Datu Hoffer town in Maguindanao, one of the poorest provinces in the country, but Rasul Alon still found a way to improve his prospects.

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

A celebration in ARMM as new teachers hired

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A test message drove Madsaif Bandun, 50, from Tawi-Tawi, to tears. “I could not believe it. I cried because I was so happy,” Bandun said.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

A not-so-hidden treasure

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TREASURE Island draws its name from rumors that World War II-era treasures had been buried in it. The island is a tourism treasure in itself, according to officials. FRINSTON LIM

Along the Pan-Philippine Highway in the eastern side of Mindanao is an unspoiled gem of crystal-clear sea teeming with rich marine life on one side and mountains with lush forests pockmarked with numerous caves on the other, waiting to be explored.

Posted: May 4th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Badjao tribe losing home at sea

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SOLDIERS in full battle gear evoke a familiar scene as they patrol RT Lim Boulevard where members of the Badjao tribe are being evicted again to be moved far from the sea, where they make a living and which they have known to be home. PHOTO BY  JULIE S. ALIPALA

Presiana Abdusalam longs to go back to her village of Mariki in Zamboanga City. “I want to sleep to the sound of the sea,” the Badjao mother of three said.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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 »

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