President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pose for a selfie with personnel of Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on May 27, 2017. The President visited soldiers who were wounded in an ambush by the Abu Sayyaf Group on May 25, 2017 in Patikul, Su…
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President Rodrigo Duterte salutes a wounded soldier at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on October 31, 2016. Duterte visited eight soldiers wounded in recent clashes with the Abu Sayyaf and awarded each of them a Wounded …
ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 11 Aug) – That eerie and chilling sight and sound would not leave me for days. It kept running through my head like a sad song; waking my sleep like an unwanted replay of a nightmare. There he went reading that kill list. Was it tears of sorrow, anger, frustration or […]
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[This piece is a combination of chapters 19, 20 and 21 of “Bugs & Bytes in bigger print” published in 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr. editor of www.bugsnbytes.com. This piece… »
(This piece was first published in www.mindanews.com on 7 February 2004, the 30th anniversary of the burning of Jolo and reprinted in the February 2011 issue of OUR Mindanao newsmagazine.… »
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From an American-built lighthouse to a Tausug-built Masjid.
- I already know where to look for it (the wharf in Jolo);
- The people in that community are pretty friendly; and
- The Sulu National Museum gave me all the answers.
What I just did then is visit the place and confirm the site where it still stands now, talk with the people around, link the stories and tadaa! Mission accomplished!
The Sulu Parula (Parola) and the Block House
The actual parula, according to the locals, was a tall tower made of metals (imagine a smaller version of Eiffel tower) with that usual “bulb-like” light at the top. But this parula rusted in time and that light had long stopped functioning. And so, the Philippine Coast guards decided to destroy that parula and constructed a new lighthouse to replace it in 2011. Unfortunately, nothing remains of the “Eye-Fall Tower” that we were looking for. 🙁
Masjid Shariful Hashim
|Masjid Shariful Hashim in March 2009;
Photo by Neldy Jolo in his blog: Sulu Lens
Disclaimer: the use of the term “Eye-Fall Tower” was not coined by Anak Iluh (the author of this post) in this blog. It was first mentioned in the novel “Below the crying mountain” by Ms. Criselda Yabes and thus the author reserves the sole ownership of the term. (Don’t get me wrong guys, I know how it feels to get “robbed online” 🙂
The use of the term “Eye-Fall Tower” was not coined by Anak Iluh (the author of this post) in this blog. It was first mentioned in the novel “Below the crying mountain” by Ms. Criselda Yabes and thus the author reserves the sole ownership of the term. (Don’t get me wrong guys, I know how it feels to get “robbed online” 🙂
NeldyAzan or Bang, a call to prayer heard from Masjid Sultan Shariful Hashim near Jolo Port. I arrived with Murshed Salam, a brother from Bangladesh, boarded M/V Jocelyn. We chatted silently about the nightmares in Jolo being experience by th…