Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mango Farming in Jolo

Yes you heard it right.People from Jolo actually do other things than kidnapping.

This is probably an attempt – sort of an anti-media attempt – to present Jolo as a place where real people live, who yearns for peace and order to come back so that they can exploit the rich natural resouces that Sulu has to offer.

There are a lot of reasons why people in Jolo should return to farming. But, there are also a lot of reasons why they do not or can not.

Sulu is part of chain of Islands that is volcanic in origin and as such, the soil is fertile for farming. Additionally, it is out of the tropical cyclones (typhoons) areas that usually hit the Philippines.

Farming and fishing are the main livelihood activities although fishing is predominant because the Sulu Sea is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country.

However, there are vast tract of lands that remain undeveloped to produce varieties of agricultural products due to several reasons. Many people are afraid of cultivating the land because of the peace and order situation. Many a times, successful individuals may receive ‘love letters’ – a sarcastic term that refers to the letters sent by gangs to solicit for money. Rejection of  such may lead to harassment and threats of kidnapping and even death. More often than not, military operations against rebels and bandits make it unsustainable for farmers to invest in new agricultural ventures. Mostly, farmers just harvest what is already planted like coconuts or invest in plants that requires shorter time to plant and harvest such as sweet potatoes and others.

So instead of cows and goats being herd by farmers to populate the agricultural land,  wild boars multiply and roam about which makes the armies stationed in those areas happy, as it would make for a less fat and exotic meal.

Further, people have less access to modern technologies in agricultural practice. In contrast to other places in ARMM, I cannot even find a contact number for the office of Department of Agriculture in the Island. There is a great deal of poverty of information and this prevents people from diversifying their produce. For instance, Abaca and coconut have been the main crop produce of the island but the rest of Mindanao have already diversified to other more lucrative produce such as palm oil, cacao and mango.

Years ago, when my father was still an OFW, he dreamt of a mango farm in his native place Bud Uwak, a hill located just within the boundaries of Jolo and Patikul. Thus he instructed relatives to plant mango seedlings in the few hectares of his land.

Thus here we are now, a few weeks time from the first harvest. God Willing.

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Crossing The Ocean

I was sitting in my boat with contentment. It was comfortable. It had all the material things that a person would dream about – material possessions, recognition, money, family, friends and a peaceful life. I saw a life in that boat just like how others taught me how life should be – full of wealth,…

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Reconnected with ASEAN astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor

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I’m too excited not to share this! Four years ago, I met Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a Malaysian and the first ever ASEAN astronaut. I met him through the former Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, and his lovely wife, Dato Zainab Kader. Apart from being the first ever ASEAN cosmonaut (he was selected from a whopping 11,435 candidates!), Dato Sheikh is also an orthopaedic surgeon, motivational speaker, model, endorser (yes, he is THAT amazing) and proud family man. (Yes, yes, I can hear the millions of hearts breaking right now haha) When I first met

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OXFAM delegation pays courtesy call to BTC

Cotabato City – On Wednesday, October 28, the Philippine-based Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), an international non-government organization paid courtesy call to the office of Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Cotabato City to seek, explore issues and concerns on the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to President Benigno Aquino III on […]

PhISO is now an accredited ISA Partner Organization

We are very happy to inform everyone that PhISO is now an accredited Partner Organization of the International Studies Association (ISA). They informed PhISO today (October 29, 2015) that:

“We are pleased to welcome the Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO) as a Partner Organization of ISA. As an ISA Partner Organization, you are part of a network of international studies

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LAPIS Para Sa Lumad

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I am always in awe of Filipino musicians who continue to write meaningful, socially relevant songs. Songs that some may consider “unpopular” but are the very ones that we all need to hear. Songs about human rights, just wages, land reform, proper governance, freedom of speech. Songs that remind us of our responsibilities as citizens. Songs that beseech justice and even anger. I was able to watch some of these talented Filipino musicians – all part of the League of Authors of Public Interest Songs (LAPIS) – as they performed in a show for the benefit of the Lumads (indigenous

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Churros at Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe CDO

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Ever since my most recent trip to Manila (where I tried the much-talked about churros at La Lola Churreria), I’ve been having these crazy cravings for churros. Churros are basically fried-dough pastries dusted in icing sugar and served with rich chocolate dips. These choux-based snacks are really delicious and filling, especially when served piping hot, fresh from the fryer. Best to pair it with your favorite hot beverage. In my case, I like pairing it with real good coffee. Anyway, I’ve been trying to look for churros and lo and behold, I actually had my fill at a craft store.

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15 Things Muslims Should Stop Doing On Social Media

Social media is a great tool to spread valuable and inspiring information. While there’s a part of me that has been shaped around its use, I noticed few things that are inappropriate due to people using it. While the growth of social media continues to expand, I hope that Muslims start using social media properly. I’m…

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PhISO Core Group: Mursidah Hadjinoor Panda

Mursidah Hadjinoor Panda is an MA student in Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines – Diliman under the care of Integrative Center for Alternative Development (ICAD) Foundation. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the Mindanao State University-Main Campus with academic recognition and awards. She had been entrusted to be a chief

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My VOTE for REAL CHANGE to HAPPEN in the Philippines: What is Yours?

My VOTE for REAL CHANGE to HAPPEN: What is Yours?Rody Duterte and Leni Robredo: My Dream Team for President and Vice PresidentTemogen Cocoy Tulawie: My #Governor of #SULUThe Hope of JUSTICE to REIGN in Sulu Province in shaa ALLAH!Mario Yanga …

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Warning against ANY abuse of NON-Muslims in an Islamic society

There is no compulsion in religion…” (Quran 2:256)
Warning against any abuse of non-Muslims in an Islamic society, the Prophet SAW stated:
“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)×689.jpg
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Age of Renaissance in Sulu c15th c. to 19th c.

The Age of #Sultanate of the Tau Sug #Civilization during the 15th century until the 19th century was #Sulu’s Age of #Renaissance.That was THE real #civilizationin this #archipelago with #Islam as its cultural foundation m…

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