Monthly Archives: September 2018

Explosives found in alleged camp of ISIS-inspired group

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 24 Sept) – Police operatives captured an alleged base of an Islamic State-inspired local terror group and recovered improvised explosives in an operation on Sunday in a remote village in Polomolok town in South Cotabato. Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco, regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said elements from the […]

Ammonia leak hits Dolefil; 35 hospitalized

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept) – An ammonia leak hit a facility of fruit giant Dole Philippines, Inc (Dolefil) in Polomolok, South Cotabato shortly before Monday morning, a company official said. Gwyn Ann Marie Ebol-Palima, Dolefil corporate communications manager, said at least 35 individuals were brought to the company’s Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital (HHMH) following the […]

Patikul update: families of 7 slain Tausugs OK exhumation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) — The families of the seven Tausugs allegedly massacred in Patikul, Sulu on September 14 but the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter, have given their consent for an exhumation of the bodies to determine cause of death and how they were killed. Lawyer Jacqueline […]


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

Photo credit to owner
A durian season is one of the most awaited periods by every Tausug in Sulu and elsewhere because lakhs 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 lakhs of 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.
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. -30-

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PEACETALK: Reflecting on multi-stakeholder participation and engagement over PCVE

(Commissioner Yusuf Morales of the Natonal Commission on Muslim Filipinos wrote this discussion paper which aims to lead towards a framework for stakeholders to engage and participate in PCVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) initiatives. Some case studies have been inserted for consideration and reflection. The article is a reflection over the recent FES workshop […]

Mindanawons find Enrile’s claim of no massacres under martial law “fiction,” “delusional” “:

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 September) —  Mindanao suffered so many massacres and other human rights violations in the run-up to and during martial law under Ferdinand Edralin Marcos but the 94-year old Defense Minister of the Marcos dictatorship — Juan Ponce Enrile — now claims no massacre ever happened, not even the Jabidah Massacre […]

Mayor Sara Duterte thanks supporters but hints at seeking reelection next year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) – Mayor Sara Duterte thanked her supporters for the trust and confidence as she maintained a high statistical ranking in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections but the presidential daughter reiterated she would like to seek reelection as the city’s chief executive in 2019. […]

DILG urges officials to get more people to attend Oct. 14 barangay assembly

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging officials in the country’s 42,044 barangays to use social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter to get more people to attend the October 14 Barangay Assembly. A press release from the DILG on Saturday quotedOIC Secretary Eduardo Año as […]

For Bangsamoro plebiscite

First time voter-registrants in Matanog town in Maguindanao province fill out forms on the bleachers of the municipal gymnasium on 22 September 2018 during the Special Registration for the plebiscite to ratify RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The plebiscite is scheduled on January 21, 2019. Contributed […]


Dilì.  Dilì na. Dilì na ko momartsa dinhà sa kadalanan o sa kabungtoran man. Dugay.  Dugay na. Dugay nang panahona ako dasig nga ningmartsa bitbit ang plakard ug bandera. Dugay.  Dugay na latas sa kabungtoran ako miduyog pagmartsa pas-an ang ripleng karaan. Daghan.  Daghan na ang nangapukang kauban sa hugtanon nga martsa pagbugtaw sa kagawasan. […]

Flying High

Alrey Codilla Toring, 13, flies high on his skateboard despite a prosthetic right leg during the Skate Para Kay San Miguel 2018 competition on Saturday (22 September 2018) at the I Love Poblacion Skatepark in Iligan City, one of the events of the Diyan…

How I Raised My Hourly Rate Four Times (As a VA & Web Designer)

I’m not totally new to this kind of job because I was already freelancing since I was 18. My skills were excellent enough for a self-taught and beginner but limited to WordPress and basic graphic design. I was designing simple blogs and logos as a side hustle in college. Instead of hourly, I charged by […]

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Primary suspect in GenSan blast arrested

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 21 Sept) – Police have arrested the primary suspect in the bomb attack in front of a lying-in clinic along the national highway here on Sunday that left eight people wounded. Senior Supt. Oliver Enmodias, deputy regional director for operations of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said in a press conference […]

Federalism to give regions more powers, says Cha-Cha committee member

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 21 sept) – The proposed federal charter will provide a better and equitable distribution of powers than the current 1987 Philippine Constitution, a member of the Consultative Committee on Charter Change said. ConCom member lawyer Antonio Arellano said in an interview on Thursday the proposed federal charter seeks to bring structural reforms […]

Kitanglad Range

Mt. Kitanglad Range as seen from Barangay Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. Mt. Dulang-Dulang, the country’s second highest mountain at 2,938 masl, is one of the peaks of this prominent landmark in Northern Mindanao. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

STATEMENT: Commemoraring Marcos’ Martial Law while Mindanao continues to be under one

21 September 2018 Today marks the 46thyear since the deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. issued Proclamation 1081 which put the entire Philippines under Martial Law in 1972. It is telling that it is being marked while Mindanao is yet again under Martial Law. This time, no less than a President from Mindanao has said […]


When in my homeland, Sulu!
By ArRayyan Mawallil Tulawie (fb)

Photo Credit: Batah Sug Mamatta (fb)

Rural life is absolutely awesome because the tranquil and breathtaking surroundings and environment relaxes and enjoys me a lot.

The village is always quite and peaceful which is one of the best places to unwind and escape from rat-race and hustle and bustle of the urban life.

A place of peaceful mind and less crowded as there are only few cars and people. Moreover, the scenery in the village is beautiful as the beauty of nature is still well-conserved.

Notably, the environment in rural areas is less polluted, thus the air is fresh and clean as there are plenty of undeveloped areas and greenery.

Indeed, life in countryside is full of fun and enjoyable especially so when your family and loved-ones are with you.

On a summer meadow, you enjoy eating fresh food and also exotic fruits like durian, marang, lanzones, mangosteen, and drinking fresh coconut juice, among others.

Also during merienda time, it’s best to sip hot brewed coffee while eating delicious “bangbangSug” like bawlu, hantak, pasung, wadjit, daral, putli mandi, among others.

No need to spend a lot of money because life is simple and the cost of living is low. In fact, dwellers of rural and island areas doesn’t need to pay for water and electricity bills at the end of the month as they only rely on solar power and water from wells and spring.

Although, it’s funny to note that you don’t have choice but to limit the usage of your smartphone because it’s difficult to recharge once battery charge gets low.

Interestingly, some village folks only spend less for the reason that they can plant their own vegetables and rear own chickens and goat. When there are special occasions like wedding and eids, they slaughtered their rear own cows.

Also from the best things in rural life are listening to various sounds of nature.

Under the cold, solemn and night full of darkness, I love to listen to the evening crickets as I sat down on a bench along the balcony or lay-down on my sleeping mat.

At dawn just before Fajr time, the first sounds that I can hear were the crowing of the rooster and the lowing of cows, of course the adhan for Fajr in a nearby masjid.

When you go to tropical beach or coastline at sunset, Subhāna Allāh, the sound of waves crashing on the shore is one of the most relaxing sounds on earth.

Additionally, when it rains, the sound of rain pouring on the house roof, leaves and soils outside plus the thunderstorm and wind in the trees are indeed stress relieving and it will give you a restful sleep at nighttime.

Lastly, one of the best things also I truly missed when we were in the the island of Tung-Tung. There was an spacious veranda where we had fun and quality time with my family as we ate together with variety of seafoods such as steamed crabs, grilled fish, kinilaw, agal-agal, gamay, gulaman, siyanglag, tihi’-tuhi’, tayum, tiyuktuk mampallam, etc.

Thereat, we likewise spent the calm and solemn night in the porch looking up at the open sky with a beautiful moon and full of shining stars as the sea-breeze touches our skin and the sound-waves relaxes our minds.

Alhamdu Lillaahi, these are only few from enumerable favors of Allaah that He has given to humankind for them to enjoy the simple and satisfying life and above all to be always grateful to whatever huge and tiny things He always given on us.

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Bound for Manila

A farm worker carries a 50-kilo box of assorted vegetables to a truck for shipment in Barangay Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2018. The Department of Agriculture is shipping 20 tons of assorted vegetables to Manila to stabilize the rising prices after farms in Baguio City and Northern Luzon were inundated by super […]

Shipment of Bukidnon vegetables to Manila delayed due to bad weather

TALAKAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews / 20 Sept) — The shipment of 20 tons of vegetables to Manila supposedly on Thursday afternoon to augment its supply and help stabilize the prices of vegetables there following typhoon ‘Ompong,’  has been delayed due to bad weather in Northern Mindanao. Roxana Hojas, Assistant Director of the Department of Agriculture in […]