Monthly Archives: September 2018

MARGINALIA: Mindanao studies: A proposed framework

[A modified transcript of a 15-minute presentation under the panel “Peoples and Faiths: A Mindanao Overview” at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU)-School of Social Sciences (SOS) – Mindanao Scholars’ Consultation-cum-Conversations on Mindanao Studies” September 12-13, 2018, Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines] Salamun ‘alaykum and good morning to all of you! Thank you, Sir […]

DURIAN SYMBOLIZES HOSPITALITY, LOVE, RESPECT & HONOR

Durian symbolizes hospitality, love, respect and honor

by ArRayyan Mawallil Tulawie

Alhamdu Lillaahi, thankfully, my homeland is truly blessed by Allaah with so many things, amongst them He allows durian to be grown in the Sulu Archipelago.
Photo credit to owner
A durian season is one of the most awaited periods by every Tausug in Sulu and elsewhere because lots of them love to eat this exotic, strongly flavored, and sharply aromatic fruit.

The durian is a fruit of a perfectly unique character. There is no other fruit you can compare it with. In fact, durian is one of the prides of the province of Sulu. Although, there are many exotic fruits can be seasonally found in my homeland, amongst them lanzones, mangosteen, marang, bauwnu’, etc.
Most people from rural areas of Sulu had a durian plantation in their huge, vast tracks of lands in which they annually harvested it and eventually sell it to market. This is one of the sources of Halal-living of many dwellers of countryside.
I remember when I was in Kandayok, Panamao, Sulu, I told my family that we will visit my cousin Hja Darwina Tulawie in Buntod, Talipao, Sulu and eat durian thereat. The smile on their faces was priceless as they were exhilarated to go. 

Alhamdu Lillaahi, we had a quality time together as we enjoyed eating durian for the first time this year. Well, all of us love to eat this fruit and we can consume even two pieces of it individually.
Notably, this season is a symbol of HOSPITALITY, LOVE, RESPECT and HONOR between and amongst Tausug wherever they are. Whenever they harvested durians, they cannot forget to share it also with their families and loved ones be it their neighbors or staying far away from them. It’s either they will send raw durians or durian jam or know to us in Sulu as “Mantakiliya”—which is also one of the best favorites of many Tausug durian lovers.
By the way, it’s difficult to prepare this jam. I have tried it before with my late grandmother. The smoke from the wood fire made my eyes sting, and although she let me push the durian flesh around the wok with the large wooden paddles, I couldn’t stay close to the fire for long without waving my hand in front of my face, drops of sweat and coughing. This is how durian jam is traditionally made, hand-stirred over a wood fire. Nevertheless, it was a noteworthy experienced.
However, for us who stay in another country, we can only have the durian jam because airline policy doesn’t allow raw durian onboard due to non-durian lovers don’t like it as they find the aroma overpowering with an unpleasant odor. Likewise it will cause headache and nausea to them. But, personally as a durian lover, I regard it as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance.
Photo credit to owner
Conceitedly, durian symbolizes HOSPITALITY, LOVE, RESPECT and HONOR between and amongst Tausug wherever they are. This has been affirmed that even if we are miles away from our family and loved ones, they still never missed to send us mantakiliya, Alhamdu Lillaahi.
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TRAVELING BY BOAT ACROSS THE SULU OCEAN

Traveling by boat across the Sulu Ocean
by ArRayyan Mawallil Tulawie

Aboard a small boat owned by my cousin Delmas Tulawie or known to our family as “Kah Ingkog”, on a pleasant-sunny Sunday morning after we had bid farewell to our family members in the island of Tung-Tung, municipality of Hji Panglima Tahil in the province of Sulu, we started our one in a half hour sail to Jolo wharf.

Of course, to Kah Ingkog and his family who graciously hosted us during our short stay in Tung-Tung, Jazaakum Allaahu Khairan.
Photo credit to Munir Napii Arbison II

As we sailed across the Sulu Ocean, I enjoyed looking at several breathtaking views through the island of Hji Panglima Tahil. I truly believe that most of the islands of Sulu have more tourism potentials. Undeniably, numerous eco-cultural treasures in my beloved homeland should have just been discovered can be a wonderful source of pride not only for us Tausugs but likewise to the rest of Filipinos. However, peace and order must first and foremost prevail.

Moreover, Subhaana Allaah, the magnificent conspicuous outlook from distant of Sulu’s crying mountain and one of the grandest landmarks—Mt. Tumantangis (Bud Tumantangis), Grand Masjid Tulay, and Mt. Dahu truly amazed me. Indeed, there may be nothing more satisfying than finding a great view, staring at it and being truly in awe of the beauty found in it.


Furthermore, as we were lulled in the hammock of sea waves, some of us just quietly sat and fervently prayed that no untoward incident would happen to us and we can swiftly and safely arrive at our destination. I couldn’t also blame them for being pretty nervous since journey in a boat can be a little tricky as things might not be the same as it’s on land.


Apparently, my mother was just a bit worried for her granddaughter, my niece, Fatima Zainab, since she was the only toddler in the group. Perhaps what was on my mother’s mind was what if this boat will sink, may Allaah forbid. Honestly, we have encountered big waves along the way intermittently. Nevertheless, I was just relaxed and calmed and just enjoyed every moment of the trip. In fact, I was playing the brine with my hands outside the sailing boat. I also photographed views of the islands.

Alhamdu Lillaahi, during our journey, I didn’t feel any nervous and I don’t want to show them that I am, of course, I was not, maybe because I am already used to voyage by a small boat. Laudably, my nephew, Ben-Azziz Tulawie – who was the captain of the boat, then, (apart from Allaah) courageously and competently managed our affairs amidst our sailing. Plus his mother, kah Mussah, who also used to travel by boat every now and then, was likewise relaxed and calmed.


However, when we were about to reach our destination at Jolo wharf, the blue clear sky suddenly turns gloomy as if there was a strong storm about to come. As soon as we alighted from a boat and had a short rest at the porch, a sudden heavy downpours and gusty winds occurred. It damaged the electric wire from the nearby electric post. The wire sparked and went into the sea and roofs of some adjacent houses. Thus everyone from the porch and other side of the wharf’s bridge that have seen it yelled and dispersed because they were terrified to be electrified and a fire might occur.


This made everyone in the closely affected areas including myself flapped and followed by a complete mayhem because everyone rushed to the safe place. Alhamdu Lillaahi, accordingly, every household immediately shuts down their electric power. Although, it causes damage and power outages across that area.

On the other hand, while some had secured themselves from the possible dangers that might bring by a sudden heavy downpours and gusty winds, courageous fishermen, subhaana Allaah, amidst the severe bad weather then, rushed towards their fishing boats knotted at the wharf and placed it away from the wharf. Well, of course, gusty winds will harshly damage their hard-earned fishing boats once it will hit each other due to the strong waves.

Sadly, there was one fishing boat sinks. The owner along with his companions tried their best to saved it, but that was the decree of their boat. Alhamdu Lillaahi, no one got hurt, but the expensive paraphernalia of the boat like an engine, among others, got damaged. Hence, it will be a huge problem for the owner on how to produce it again from the start. Anyhow, while there is life there is hope.

For our part, we are forever grateful to Allaah that He saves us from that calamity and that He grants us a swift and safe voyage from Jolo to Tung-Tung island and vice versa. Should have been we were still on sailing or before we reach wharf that incident had happened, maybe out of flapping, our small boat might have sink or the sparkling electrical wire might have fallen on us.

Finally, just a reminder that whenever you set off for travel like island hopping, or in countryside, it’s best to have a company who are well experienced on sailing or in the wilderness. Believe me; apart from Allaah, it will boost your self-confidence and wipe out your fear, especially if you are not really accustomed to what you are indulging.
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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Financial and economic sustainability of the Bangsamoro

Last of a four-part series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — This is the final article in my series on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. I reserve the most important issue for the last. In the end, the Bangsamoro will rise or fall on whether it is able to make itself sustainable financially […]

Council wants inclusion of cacao development in K to 12 program

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The Philippine National Cacao Industry Council is pushing for the inclusion of cacao development in the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) in senior high school to encourage students to pursue farming amid the dwindling population of farmers in the country. “We start them young,” Department of Trade […]

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: The princess feels the pea

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has dismissed speculations she’s planning to run for the Senate seat in next year’s midterm elections. Her body language, however, in the past few months suggested that President Rodrigo Duterte’s political heir apparent is cooking up something other than running for reelection (as city mayor). […]

TURNING POINT: Hooked in the Mouth

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — Television is a global communication medium, where what you say, how, when and where you say it is heard and is witnessed by a multitude worldwide. Not only that, the event can be recorded and may be repeatedly shown to many more anytime and may be used […]

Kidapawan water district sues IP rep for alleged encroachment on Mt Apo’s watershed

KIDAPAWAN CITY(MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The Metro Kidapawan Water District (MKWD) has filed charges against an Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) from Kidapawan City who led a group of tribal people that allegedly encroached on a watershed area at Mt. Apo. MKWD general manager Stella Gonzales said that two weeks ago, IPMR and ex-officio […]

Moro, Christian leaders commit to work for ratification of Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 September) — Moro and Christian religious leaders and leaders of Moro revolutionary fronts who gathered here for a historic peace dialogue from Thursday morning to Friday noon, signed a manifesto committing not only to work for the ratification of RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region […]

Patikul update: RHRC asks 3 military officials in Sulu to answer claims 7 killed were not Abu Sayyaf members

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has asked three military officials in Sulu to answer allegations in the affidavits of families and witnesses that the seven persons slain in Patikul town on September 14 were civilians harvesting fruits and not Abu […]

Patikul update: awarding (wrong) medals amid probes on alleged massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 September) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s awarding of medals to 14 of 17 soldiers wounded in Patikul, Sulu drew criticisms as it happened amid ongoing investigations  on the alleged massacre of seven persons the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter on September 14 but whose families said […]

SAILING BY BOAT ACROSS SULU OCEAN

Sailing by boat across Sulu Ocean

by ArRayyan Mawallil Tulawie
 
 Photo credit to Munir Napii Arbison II
 

Aboard by a small boat owned by my cousin Delmas Tulawie or know to us in family as “kah Ingkog”, on a pleasant-sunny morning of Sunday after we had bid farewell from our family members in the island of Tung-Tung, municipality of Panglima Tahil in the province of Sulu, who hospitably hosted us during our short stay thereat, we had started our one in a half hour sail to Jolo wharf.

 

As we sailed across the Sulu ocean, I enjoyed looking at several breathtaking views through the islands. Subhaana Allaah, the magnificent conspicuous outlook from distant of Sulu’s crying mountain and one of the grandest landmarks—Mt. Tumantangis (Bud Tumantangis), Grand Masjid Tulay, and Mt. Dahu truly amazed me. Indeed, there may be nothing more satisfying than finding a great view, staring at it and being truly in awe of the beauty found in it.

Although, some of my companions at that moment like my mother, father, auntie, sister, wife and sister-in-law just quietly sat on a boat as they fervently prayed that our journey will be safe and sound, no untoward incidents will happen to us and we can swiftly and safely arrive at our destination. I couldn’t also blame them for being pretty nervous since life on a boat can be a little tricky as things might not be the same as it’s on the land.
Well, my mother was just a bit worried for her granddaughter, my niece, Fatima Zainab, since she was the only toddler in the group. Maybe what was in my mother’s mind was what if this boat will sink, may Allaah’s forbids, because intermittently, we have encountered big waves along the way. Nevertheless, personally, I was just relaxed and calmed and just enjoyed every moment of the journey. In fact, I was playing the brine with my hands outside the sailing boat. I also photographed views of the Islands.
Alhamdu Lillaahi, during our journey, I didn’t feel any nervous and I don’t want to show them that I am, of course, I was not, maybe because I am already used to voyage by small boat. Laudably, my nephew, Ben-Azziz Tulawie – who was the captain of the boat, then, (apart from Allaah) courageously and competently managed our affairs amidst our sailing. Plus his mother, kah Mussah, who also used to travel by boat every now and then, was likewise relaxed and calmed.
However, when we were about to reach our destination at Jolo wharf, the blue clear sky suddenly turns gloomy as if there was a strong storm about to come. As soon as we alighted from the boat and had a short rest at the porch, a sudden heavy downpours and gusty winds occurred and it damaged the electric wire from the nearby electric post. The wire sparked and went into the sea and roofs of some adjacent houses. Thus everyone from the porch and other side of the wharf bridge that have seen it, yelled and dispersed because they were terrified to be electrified and a fire might occur.
This made everyone in the closely affected areas including myself flapped and there was complete mayhem because everyone rushed to the safe place. Nonetheless, Alhamdu Lillaahi, accordingly, every household immediately shuts down their electric power. Although, it causes damage and power outages across that area.

On the other hand, while some had secure themselves from possible dangers that might bring by a sudden heavy downpours and gusty winds, fishermen, subhaana Allaah, amidst the severe bad weather then, courageously rushed towards their fishing boats knotted at the wharf and placed it away from the wharf. Well, of course, gusty winds will harshly damage their hard-earned fishing boats because it will hit each other due to the strong waves.
Sadly, there was one fishing boat sinks. The owner along with his companions tried their best to save it, but that was the decree of their boat. Alhamdu Lillaahi, no one got hurt, but the expensive paraphernalia of the boat like an engine, among others, got damaged. Hence, it will be a huge problem for the owner on how to produce it again from the start. Anyhow, while there is life there is hope.
For our part, we are forever grateful to Allaah that He saves us from that calamity and that He grants us a swift and safe voyage from Jolo to Tung-Tung island and vice versa. Should have been we were still on sailing or before we reach wharf that incident had happened, maybe out of flapping, our small boat might have sink or the sparkling electrical wire might have fallen on us.
Well, noteworthy to mention that whenever you set off for travel like island hopping, or in countryside, it’s best if you have a company who are well experienced on sailing or in the wilderness. Believe me; apart from Allaah, it will boost your self-confidence and wipe out your fear, especially if you are not really accustomed to what you are indulging.
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Martial Law 9/23/72: METROCOM, Big Brother & Me

What happened on Sept 21, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I was in high school then. On that day, I went to school, as usual. What happened on Sept 22, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I went to school,… Read More Martial Law 9/23/72: METROCOM, Big Brother & Me

Ban on Plastics

A young boy looks at the art works being displayed at the boot of SEA Movement, an environmental NGO in General Luna, Siargao Island on Thursday (September 28, 2018). For the first time, visitors are disallowed to bring plastic items to Cloud Nine area where the National Surfing tilt (Sept. 23-27) and Siargao International Surfing […]

Wow Siargao

Eight contingents from different towns in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte join the Sajaw Siargao 2018 on Thursday (September 28, 2018) held in General Luna town, the province’s foremost tourist destination and the country’s surfing capital. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO

Koronadal goes after ‘illegal’ small town lottery stations

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/ 27 Sept) – The city government has launched a crackdown against the “illegal” operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-backed Small Town Lottery (STL) stations here due to the lack of local permits. City Mayor Peter Miguel said Thursday he ordered the dismantling and seizure of STL booths or boxes that […]

Military: CPP-NPA in Mindanao hatching ‘Red October’ ouster plot vs Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 Sept) – The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army and groups in Mindanao that are identified with it are planning to carry out the so-called “Red October” ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte, the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command on Wednesday said. But a human rights group dismissed such statement as […]