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Sierra Madre clashes hurting Agta tribesmen

Daraitan River, 25 February 2007, during the course of a three-day trek across the Sierra Madre mountain range east of Manila. A booming economy is spurring interest among Filipinos in extreme sports and adventure tourism including river trekking, scuba diving, caving, and mountaineering. AFP PHOTO/Cecil MORELLA

Renewed fighting between government forces and New People’s Army rebels in Sierra Madre in northern Quezon province has taken as casualty the livelihood of members of the Agta tribe, who call the mountain range home.

Posted: August 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

‘Pride of Badjaos’

RAYMOND Amil, a 23-year-old Badjao teacher, outside his family’s shack at the Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, which is home to thousands of evacuees  JULIE S. ALIPALA

  ZAMBOANGA CITY–The odds are stacked against Raymond Amil when he started to pursue his dream of becoming a licensed teacher.   His father, Johnson, is a fisherman who barely earns enough to feed the family. His mother, Minda, stays at home. Both are illiterate.   When Raymond took the licensure exams for aspiring teachers, [...]

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Lumad evacuees ready to return to Davao del Norte home


Over 1,000 lumad evacuees from Talaingod in Davao del Norte have agreed to return home after top military officers agreed to move out government troops from barangay (village) halls and civilian facilities in 11 sitios (sub-village) of the town’s Barangay Palma Gil for the villagers’ peaceful return.

Posted: May 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pride in native roots shines in graduation


Ecru Filipiniana for women and Barong Tagalog for men worn with the sablay are the usual attire combinations for University of the Philippines (UP) graduates.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Badjao tribe losing home at sea

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 »