Category Archives: Culture

Changing Narratives: Federalism for All

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Read More Changing Narratives: Federalism for All

From ‘BecomingFilipino’ to ‘BecomingMoro’: Kulas visits ARMM villages’ expo:

COTABATO CITY (ARMM BPI, July 7, 2018) – ‘BecomingFilipino’ travel blogger Kyle Jennermann, better known on You Tube as ‘Kulas’, visited the mock cultural villages at the seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) here on Friday, July 6. With him were his fellow travel bloggers, Michael ‘Mike’ Corey – ‘Fearless and Far’ on You Tube – and Mark ‘Kumar’ Yañez. ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia welcomed and toured Kulas and his friends […]

Fifty indigenous families to be affected by Bukidnon airport project

Some 50 Indigenous People (IP) families will apparently be affected by the Bukidnon airport project. And in exchange for pulling them out of the area in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, where the airport will be, they will be given Php 5 Million. This would mean that each indigenous family will receive Php…

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The ARMM Cultural Village: Experience the richness of the Bangsamoro  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 June) — The ARMM Cultural Village has set the bar high for heritage and culture-based education, as it presents the Bangsamoro not merely as remnants of the past but as a living community composed of different ethnolinguistic groups that constantly evolve with the times. It allows the people, Bangsamoro and […]

Bukidnon’s Kaamulan Festival 2018 Ethnic Sports Competition

The Kaamulan Festival has truly evolved. From being a simple celebration whereby representatives from Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes would all gather in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon, the annual festival has now turned into quite a spectacle. Despite the many changes, however, I’m glad that there are still events…

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Beautiful Bukidnon tribal dance at the Kaamulan Festival 2018

As I am writing this, the yearly Kaamulan Festival is currently ongoing in the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines. The Kaamulan Festival 2018 celebration will last until March 24, 2018, on which day the main highlight, the Ethnic Street Dancing Competition, will be held in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon….

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Flafok

“Flalok,” the traditional art form of oral storytelling of the Blaan tribe is now related among tribal children in schools through a book which was launched on May 25 as members of different indigenous people’s group from South Cotabato and nearby Sarangani Province gathered in Polomolok, South Cotabato for the 1st Flalok Congress. The stories […]

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Giving Value to Traditional Art

(Privilege speech delivered by Anak Mindanao party list Representative Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman at the House of Representatives on January 23, 2017) Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi taala wabarakatuh. Madame Speaker, fellow members of the People’s House, I beg your indulgence as this representation, a daughter of the province of Basilan, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, bring […]

BANGSA MORO HISTORY and the (NON-MORO) FILIPINOS

Sometime in 1991 or earlier, Mr. Alfonso Felix, Jr. obtained copies of two historical documents from the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid  written in 1755. He promptly translated the two texts entitled “The Siege of Palumpong” and “The Battle of Iligan.” The Society of Jesus printed the original Spanish texts in 1755 in Manila. The English… Read More BANGSA MORO HISTORY and the (NON-MORO) FILIPINOS

LOOK: The iconic motorela of Cagayan de Oro Philippines

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Did you know that the motorela, the Cagayan de Oro version of the iconic Philippine tricycle, was first invented and subsequently registered in 1964? The CDO motorela was invented by Rafael D. Floirendo, Sr.,…

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Injustice to the Bangsa Moro

This is a CONTINUATION of Prof. Macapanton Yahya Abbas‘s “Is a Bangsa Moro State within a Federation the Solution?” ****************************************************************************** Injustice to the Moro Identity The national identity claims of the Bangsa Moro has been given acceptance by no less than the outgoing President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Bishop Orlando […]

PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AGREEMENTS and NEGOTIATIONS with BANGSA MORO GROUPS

This is a CONTINUATION of Prof. Macapanton Yahya Abbas‘s “Is a Bangsa Moro State within a Federation the Solution?” OIC RECOGNITION As mentioned earlier, this author was sent as a lawyer to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in February 1972 at the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers of the OIC.  He met with Secretary General Tengku Abdul […]

IS A BANGSA MORO STATE WITHIN A FEDERATION THE SOLUTION?

(Just before he passed away, Macapanton Rashid Yahya Abbas, Jr, wrote a rambling essay on the Bangsa Moro Conflict and was published in the Ateneo Law Journal  Vol. 48  Sept 2003.  Officially, he was designated as Secretary-General of several Moro groups like the Bangsa Moro Liberation Organization (BMLO), the National Coordinating Council for Islamic Affairs (NACCIA), […]

Good news – More Lumad schools established in Mindanao!

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A total of thirty nine (39) schools for our indigenous peoples (IP) or Lumad brothers and sisters have been established in key parts in Northern Mindanao, Philippines and I have never been so happy! I think it’s high time that we give importance to our Lumad brothers and sisters. Enough of taking advantage of them and abusing the sanctity of their culture. Enough of using them as “props” during certain festivals that are, in fact, just purely commercial in nature. Enough, please! Twenty three of the schools will be established in Malaybalay City (at Nasuli, Bangcud, to be exact), Valencia City

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Try This When In Iligan: Delicious Roti de Iligan

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After spending a few hours at Timoga Spring Pool, my friends and I then proceeded to the city proper. We were a bit hungry but weren’t in the mood to eat neither at a fastfood outlet nor at a fancy restaurant. We just needed a quick bite. So Vic of WowCDO led us to a small, unassuming little cart along Lluch Street (behind St. Michael’s College) that sold roti for only Php 25. It was amazing to see several people patiently queuing. There was good reason, though – the delicious roti de Iligan was served piping hot, had a generous filling and

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A call to probe the burning of a Lumad camp in Davao City

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My heart is breaking. Despite the increasing awareness of the attacks against the Lumad (indigenous peoples) communities in Mindanao, there are STILL cases of harassment, threats, killings and, just recently, the burning of an evacuation center in Davao City that hosted hundreds of displaced Lumads. KANUS-A MAN GYUD NI TAWON MOUNDANG?!?! Initial reports showed that five lumads, including two children, were hurt during the fire that broke out in Haran Center, which shelters Manobos from Davao del Norte and Bukidnon who sought safe refuge in the church-run dormitory. Who in his right mind won’t be angry? Our Lumad brothers and

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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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Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities

The King of Festivals is here once again! Kadayawan Festival 2015 or the 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw will be held in Davao City from August 17 to 23, 2015. Kadayawan Festival is Davao City’s grandest and most colorful celebration that highlights Davao tribes’ culture, tradition and everyday lives. Kadayawan is also where we all thank the good Lord for bountiful harvests! Here’s the Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities (please feel free to SHARE!): It’s also a special non-working holiday in Davao City on August 24, 2015 so plan your trip well! Happy Kadayawan Festival! See you in the streets!

Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival 2015 schedule of activities

The Kaamulan Festival 2015 schedule of activities is finally out. Kaamulan Festival, a yearly festival that aims to gather Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes, is usually held every March but in 2014, the Kaamulan Festival was held in August so that it would coincide with the Bukidnon Centennial Celebration. This 2015, the Bukidnon government decided to move it to October. The Kaamulan 2015 festival schedule of activities can be found below but please do “like” the Kaamulan Festival Facebook Page to be constantly updated. Need a place to stay in Bukidnon? BOOK YOUR BUKIDNON HOTEL ROOM HERE OCTOBER 1 – GRAND

Filipino Crab Mentality – The Institutionalization of Mediocracy

My blog Reflections on the Bangsa Moro was lost in 2011 when the bloghost BLOGSOME.COM folded. I never thought blogsome would close down. It seemed like a small but solid enterprise in Ireland. They must have sent warnings to its clients but I must have been too busy then doing other things so I wasn’t able […]

Mranaos and their ” Maratabat “

It is quite unfortunate that the bloghost BLOGSOME.COM closed shop a couple of years ago and my blog for so many years – Reflections on the Bangsa Moro – got lost forever. Fortunately, while surfing the web, I saw one of my popular posts in that blog archived here. Thank God, somebody had the foresight […]

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Insadong Seoul

Insadong was one of my favorite places during our Seoul, South Korea trip. Also known as Seoul’s culture street, Insadong has so many shops selling traditional Korean goods, teas, candies, street food, wooden cooking utensils, crafts, staple food like bottled kimchi and roasted nori sheets (yum!) and souvenirs such as …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Breathtaking Gyeongbukgung Palace Seoul

Built in 1395, the Gyeongbukgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea used to be the seat of power. Also known as Gyeongbok Palace, this palace was made during the Joseon Dynasty and is perhaps the most popular among the 5 palaces in Seoul. Just like what happened when we visited Changdeokgung …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, a 600-year old UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the very first palace we visited in Seoul, South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the Joseon Dynasty kings. Located at Jongno-gu district, this is a beautiful palace complex to roam around in and …

PHOTOS: Giant Philippine Eagle along BuDa (Bukidnon-Davao border)

Traversing the Bukidnon – Davao (BuDa) highway? If you’re entering or leaving Davao City via Bukidnon, you might want to watch out for really cool sculptures at Barangay Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao. This huge Philippine Eagle sculpture, crafted by Cotabato-born, fellow Mindanaoan Kublai Millan, is a sight to behold. Just …