In communities where life becomes harder and harder each day due to the existing conflicts and calamities- natural or human made, people get used to way of life far from what is called normal life. The various yet interrelated problems in the communities continuously hampered the endeavor of man towards his survival- poverty rooted from […]
Mindanao’s king of festivals, Kadayawan, is happening this August! The 2013 Kadayawan Festival in Davao City will once again showcase Davao’s rich and diverse culture and tradition, thanksgiving of oneness with the Earth and bountiful harvest. The Kadayawan Festival 2013 will also provide the opportunity for the various indigenous tribes such as the Ata Manobo, […]
|Sheikh Ahmad Javier (in black shirt) with the other
ulama during the symposium
|The venue was filled with participants eager to listen
to our lecturers
|Brothers and Sisters from MSA-Alumni|
@Mall of Asia
Popular Korean fashion brand Basic House has opened its first store in Mindanao – the Basic House Cagayan de Oro branch. This is Basic House’s fourth store in the Philippines. Basic House CDO is among the more than a hundred stores that offer fresh, classic and preppy ready-to-wear garments. Established in Korea in 1996, Basic […]
My film The Obscured Histories and Silent Longings of Daguluan’s Children marks its European…
As part of the Apo View Hotel Davao’s 65th year of operations and a first of its kind in Davao City, the Philippines’ second longest operating hotel has launched the unique Wine Quartet, whereby diners can savor a set of 4 carefully and thoughtfully selected wines to match their favorite dishes at Entree, Apo View […]
|the Island of Siasi with Bud Siasi on the background|
|The Siasi Rural health unit|
For one week, Alhamdulillah, I learned a lot of things that I never learned in the classroom. I was able to interact with the locals and learned directly from them what are the dominating concerns they have on their health. They were also eager to share what they know about diseases and medicine (especially traditional medicine) that I myself is fully unaware of. I visited the RHU everyday and see how the health workers do their job of serving the people. Through the FGDs (Focus-Group discussions) with the health workers and the community as well, I learned about the problems they face and how they try to solve and manage them. I was also fortunate to join one of the RHU and IPHO’s monthly community visits to Laminusa Island for the Malaria awareness program, where I observed and learned how hard it is to deliver health services in far-flung islands like Laminusa. Yes, the immersion lasted only for seven days, but what I learned in those seven days I spent in Siasi was worth more than a lifetime of my future career as a practicing physician someday: a doctor for the poor people in our community, for the Ummah, in shaa Allah!
“The most important thing in serving the community is finding yourself LOVING what you are doing, putting your HEART in everything that you plan and do; all for the benefit of not just one person but the many… And always keeping in mind the VIPs in your profession: your patients who need you most…”
|Me and my future boss: Dr. Imlan|
|Interviewing some locals|
|The Task force Laminusa: Siasi-RHU Team, IPHO-Malaria awareness team, some volunteers and me during the Community visit to Laminusa island.|
|On our way to Laminusa island, Siasi.|
|Listening to locals during the FGD with Community
on health behaviors and health-seeking pattern.
I am deeply thankful to our dean, Dr. Mejia, to my Adviser Dr. Abdullah, to the RPC and RSO family for properly preparing us before going out into the field, to my field preceptor Dr. Imlan, to Maam Nahla, To Maam Rose, to Hji. Satta Sampang for helping me in meeting the LGUs, to all of the Siasi-RHU Staff, to the Barangay kagawads and barangay health officers who helped me out, to my relatives in the community (hehe) and to all the locals in North Laud Siasi who welcomed me as a new member of their community (even just for a while) and for all the things that I learned in my one-week stay in Siasi.
@ Mau’bu’ Beach
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@ Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” –Surah Baqarah 2:183
A Suluk kid carries scavenged plastic bottles for him to sell it at the junk shop. What little money he can earn will be used for his family’s food, and not for his school supplies…Sad
Please help us raise the money to make Through The Deeps Shadows and help solve a 40-year-old mystery.
Laguindingan Airport CDO – A lot of you have been asking me all about the new Laguindingan Airport Misamis Oriental that’s set to open on June 15, 2013 via my Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus accounts (thank you for the trust!) and via this Laguindingan Airport article I wrote earlier. So I decided to pool all […]
@ Manila Bay(Papaprazi na naman)
“After more than 4 decades of bloodshed on both sides, 15 years of peacenegotiations, countless mothers burying their dead, fathers fighting with grief intheir hearts, at long last the land of Mindanao sighs in relief”, wrote the Filipinoscholar and community leader Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan from Mindanao in hispaper Religious Diversity: A Chance or a Threat […]
I return to the documentary tradition to get to the bottom of a subject that remains a 40-year-old mystery. Through the Deep Shadows is a documentary on the search for American journalist Frank Gould who mysteriously disappeared in Mindanao, Southern P…
Sunrise @ Jolo sea port, Jolo, SuluModel: Hafidz (my li’l bro
Ha lawm lima minit sumulat aku, In shaa Allah… sin unu-unu na in sumuwd pa lawm utuk ku, hisulat, hitayp mari… sari na madtu magkulang-maglabi.
@ Mau’bu’ Beach, Patikul, Sulu
June 11, 2013: The national highway connecting Cotabato City and Davao City particularly in Barangay Bulalo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao has been always experiencing floods that cause the road to have a heavy traffic congestion that irritates commuters…
By: Baisanie J. Macabuat June 11, 2013: Some 27 Maguindanao Peace Advocates (MPA) coalition members from different organizations operating in Central Mindanao participated in the 2-day Basic Accounting and Financial Management Training held at the Community Resource and Training Center of Kadtuntaya Foundation Incorporated (KFI), Doña Pilar St., Poblacion 4, Cotabato City last June 1-2,