Lanao del Sur. Three months after the siege, there’s an overpowering sense of gloom and frustration as paper and plastic cover the windows inside the teacher’s lounge of a small elementary school. Its occupants are Marawi siege survivors who want to keep the light out. They don’t feel well and spend the entire day on […]
Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. I’d never guess that thin and big-eyed Bobong, father of three, achieved an extraordinary feat. He went from having no goals in life and binge drinking to saving a mountain. In one year. Bobong is surrounded in a semi-circle by all twenty Creating Sinag Within volunteers. We sit around him, pen and […]
Why is it some are calm and speak carefully while others can’t stay still and speak without thinking? Why is it some can be so emotional while others have a hard time connecting emotionally with others? Human beings, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, are like the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. These elements have […]
Nabunturan, Compostella Valley. A huge truck that looks like a sleeping giant under a saris-a tree waits for the thirty of us. How can we all possibly fit? The owners of the jeans and leggings, baseball caps and hijabs who are gathered in a circle beside the truck don’t seem to be bothered at all. […]
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“I wish I could take medicine that can erase all my memories of the siege,” says one of the survivors. There are many, many more like her who experienced the horrors of evacuating amidst bombings and bullets and are now living in uncertainty. They do not have a home, clothing, food, and work that we […]
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Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur. Dance music blasts from a loudspeaker in the evacuation center at the edge of Marawi City. Children between five and 15 years old sing and move along to the beat. Nobody among them smiles; they look like robots with blank faces and stiff movements. On stage, a woman speaks into a […]
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Kidapawan to Lanao. It is still dark outside the community health center. Two shiny vans are parked nearby, their drivers chatting to kill time. Inside the vans are bags, herbal medicines, hand towels and cloths, thermoses, a stove, and donated organic food from farmer-friends. These are the meager resources which Creating Sinag Within will bring […]