From Me To You: Get FREE Php 939 Airbnb credit

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Traveling but don’t want to spend too much on hotels? Want to stay in condos, hostels, inns or even rooms for rent? Want to experience first-hand hospitality from homeowners themselves? Airbnb can address that! Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190+ countries. And, yes, there are numerous listings in the Philippines! In fact, I found interesting listings – from a cabin in the woods to a fully furnished studio right in the middle of a bustling city to a family-friendly place complete with pool! Are

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5 Ways To Avoid Being A Victim Of “Laglag Bala” “Tanim Bala” Scam

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The horror that is the “tanim bala” (bullet planting) or “laglag bala” scam. If you’re a frequent traveler like I am, I’m sure you are either worried or angry – or even both! This airport scam in the Philippines surely is a controversial one. “Laglag bala” or “tanim bala” is where innocent travelers fall prey to members of alleged syndicates who “drop” live ammunition in luggage and as a result, either miss their flights or get extorted for huge amounts of money. Take the case of the 60 year old engineer who flew from Manila to Davao. He was found

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Minimalist Tuesday: Modern Aesthetic Home

The 3-story home offers a unique modern aesthetic for the urban dweller. The property has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath and an office. It is standing on a lot size of 1750 square feet. And the living space is 650 square feet. The mixture of white walls and…

CBCS Attends Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights

October 23, 2015 – The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Inc (CBCS) represented by Sammy Maulana, Noraisa Sally and Lolita Uka attended the Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights at Sardonyx Plaza, Cotabato City. The forum provides venue to discuss and share information for additional inputs and case updates mentioned on the Philippine Government’s […]

we’re three years old.

It’s that time of year once again. 

SalaMindanaw International Film Festival is on its third year. It will be organized from November 18 to December 2, 2015 in the cities of General Santos and Cotabato, Southern Philippines.
The Festival will open with an exhibit at SM City Gensan on November 18 called Fluid Boundaries – Bridging Central Mindanao and Southeast Asia Through Cinema which shall feature a photo exhibit of films made in Central Mindanao in the last ten years as well as in neighboring Southeast Asian countries that share common images and issues forming a unique film iconography and discourse. The exhibit is co-presented by the Department of Tourism XII.
Six films will vie in the Festival’s Asian full-length competition. These are Chasing Waves (Charliebebs Gohetia, Philippines), Under Construction (Rubaiyat Hossain, Bangladesh), Jalanan (Daniel Ziv, Indonesia), Snakeskin (Daniel Hui, Singapore), River of Exploding Durians (Edmund Yeo, Malaysia) and Crescent Moon (Ismail Basbeth, Indonesia).
Meanwhile, seven films will compete in the Asian short film section. These are Elegy (Yousef Kargar, Iran), When The Boats Come In (Khin Maung Kyaw, Myanmar), Man in The Cinema House (Bernard Jay Mercado, Philippines), The Cat and The Orange Seeds (Nguyen Le Hoang Viet, Vietnam),  November (Shane Lim, Singapore), Following Diana (Kamila Andini, Indonesia) and The Young Man Who Came From The Chee River (Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand).
With the exception of Bangladesh and Iran, all films in the line up are from Southeast Asia.
On our third year, the Festival’s programming is closer the vision of SalaMindanaw, which is to make the Festival a platform for Southeast Asian cinema.
This year (2015) marks the start of ASEAN Integration. General Santos and Cotabato are strategic locations for regional cinemas across the east ASEAN region due to its proximity to other regional film hubs such as Davao and Zamboanga in the Philippines, and Palu and Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Cotabato is also the seat of the regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Cinema can bridge Southeast Asia and bring its people closer.
SalaMindanaw is also organizing the inaugural Mindanao Screen Lab this year. In partnership with forumZFD, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Mindanao State University Gensan – Graduate School, the Screen Lab is designed as an intensive learning program that provides emerging Mindanao filmmakers hands on training as well as project development sessions that will transform ideas into films. Aside from skills development, the Screen Lab is also aimed at developing young filmmakers who can serve as ambassadors of peace and cultural diversity by instilling a critical appreciation of the issues and challenges to peace in Mindanao. Mentors include award winning Filipino filmmakers John Torres and Sherad Anthony Sanchez and Singaporean auteur Kan Lume.
SalaMindanaw is the first and only international film festival in Mindanao. It is organized by the Mindanao Center for the Cinematographic Arts (Mindanao Cinematografica).

MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

By Patricio P. Diaz on August 20 2015 6:39 pm [Author’s Note: Mind da News, the alternate of COMMENT in MindaNews, is a comment on current news. The author may be contacted at] GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The leaders of the Congress, the Palace and the President, especially, must heed […] shortlisted in 2015 Globe Media Excellence Awards

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A total of 58 entries were shortlisted for various categories of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the most anticipated premier award-giving body that gives recognition to excellence in journalism in Mindanao. The premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao, the awards gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Awards night for the GMEA Mindanao leg will be held on November 17. “The number of entries that we received this year is a testament to the commitment of media practitioners

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Google remembers George Boole’s 200th birthday via Doodle

It has been Google’s practice to offer honors to known personalities in history, such as historians, mathematicians, politicians, and even international and local events that are being observed across the globe. The Internet giant does so by featuring …

Longing for Autumn…

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I’ve been longing for autumn ever since I was little. I live in a tropical country where we only have rainy and sunny season so I never experienced autumn in my whole life. Ever. Seeing autumn from movies and photographs is just surreal, it makes me want to book a ticket and fly to USA or UK in the midst of September or end of October to celebrate Halloween. I want to experience it all! The crisp breeze of cold air rushing in my cheek. Colorful leaves falling from the trees. Walking on crunchy leaves at the park. Sweaters and blazers, scarf on my neck, socks on my toes and boots to warm me up. Cuddling under the blanket on a comfy bed. Smores and bonfires. Hot chocolate or coffee while reading a good book. Lovely candles. Smell of cinnamon. Pumpkin pie and carvings on pumpkin and trick or treats during Halloween.
Oh yes, I’ve been longing for Autumn, my favorite season of all time. Hoping that it won’t be just a dream, but a reality. Someday… Someday…

Colorful Monday: Contemporary Apartment in New York

This contemporary condominium unit with 930 square feet of living space is the perfect abode for anybody who loves the pop of yellow. High ceilings. Incredible amount of sunlight. Large picture windows.What more do you want? It is the picturesque …

Russian plane crash in Egypt: 224 people aboard dead

All of the 224 people aboard the Russian passenger plane – 214 Russian and 3 Ukrainian, including 38 women, 62 men and 17 children died, according to International news reports.

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The Russian charter plane, a Metrojet Airbus A321 crashed Saturday in a remote area of Sinai Peninsula.

The plane took off from Sharm el-Sheikh bound for St. Petersburg.

The clear cause of the crash has not yet been identified, although there is a disputed claim from an Islamic State-allied group, which said it brought down the jet in retaliation for Russia’s air strikes against fighters trying to topple down Syrian President Bashar Assad.

According to Egypt’s civilian aviation ministry, the plane had an altitude between 31,000 and 40,000 feet, and that some said it is beyond the range of smaller surface-to-air weapons.

The flight and voice data recorder of the plane have been recovered and are now in the hands of Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry.

“There was nothing abnormal before the plane crash.. It suddenly disappeared from the radar.”, Minister Hossam Kamel said.

The bodies recovered from the crash site were sent to the morgues in the Egyptian capital.

Source: CNN, LA Times

POEM: By Allah’s Mercy, On Earth He’s My Only Husband

In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulMashaAllahwww.onislam.netYes, by God’s Will, he’ll be my only spouse -He’s my husband – far or near, here or not.To remarry – myself I won’t allow.I’m his gift from Allah, while he’s my trust.Many …

Mango Farming in Jolo

Yes you heard it right.People from Jolo actually do other things than kidnapping.

This is probably an attempt – sort of an anti-media attempt – to present Jolo as a place where real people live, who yearns for peace and order to come back so that they can exploit the rich natural resouces that Sulu has to offer.

There are a lot of reasons why people in Jolo should return to farming. But, there are also a lot of reasons why they do not or can not.

Sulu is part of chain of Islands that is volcanic in origin and as such, the soil is fertile for farming. Additionally, it is out of the tropical cyclones (typhoons) areas that usually hit the Philippines.

Farming and fishing are the main livelihood activities although fishing is predominant because the Sulu Sea is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country.

However, there are vast tract of lands that remain undeveloped to produce varieties of agricultural products due to several reasons. Many people are afraid of cultivating the land because of the peace and order situation. Many a times, successful individuals may receive ‘love letters’ – a sarcastic term that refers to the letters sent by gangs to solicit for money. Rejection of  such may lead to harassment and threats of kidnapping and even death. More often than not, military operations against rebels and bandits make it unsustainable for farmers to invest in new agricultural ventures. Mostly, farmers just harvest what is already planted like coconuts or invest in plants that requires shorter time to plant and harvest such as sweet potatoes and others.

So instead of cows and goats being herd by farmers to populate the agricultural land,  wild boars multiply and roam about which makes the armies stationed in those areas happy, as it would make for a less fat and exotic meal.

Further, people have less access to modern technologies in agricultural practice. In contrast to other places in ARMM, I cannot even find a contact number for the office of Department of Agriculture in the Island. There is a great deal of poverty of information and this prevents people from diversifying their produce. For instance, Abaca and coconut have been the main crop produce of the island but the rest of Mindanao have already diversified to other more lucrative produce such as palm oil, cacao and mango.

Years ago, when my father was still an OFW, he dreamt of a mango farm in his native place Bud Uwak, a hill located just within the boundaries of Jolo and Patikul. Thus he instructed relatives to plant mango seedlings in the few hectares of his land.

Thus here we are now, a few weeks time from the first harvest. God Willing.

Crossing The Ocean

I was sitting in my boat with contentment. It was comfortable. It had all the material things that a person would dream about – material possessions, recognition, money, family, friends and a peaceful life. I saw a life in that boat just like how others taught me how life should be – full of wealth,…

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Reconnected with ASEAN astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor

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I’m too excited not to share this! Four years ago, I met Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a Malaysian and the first ever ASEAN astronaut. I met him through the former Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, and his lovely wife, Dato Zainab Kader. Apart from being the first ever ASEAN cosmonaut (he was selected from a whopping 11,435 candidates!), Dato Sheikh is also an orthopaedic surgeon, motivational speaker, model, endorser (yes, he is THAT amazing) and proud family man. (Yes, yes, I can hear the millions of hearts breaking right now haha) When I first met

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Three Things Every Restaurant Owner Needs to Stand Out

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Few experiences can be as rewarding as a nice meal. Restaurant owners employ a number of tactics to provide a unique and deli…

Pacquiao greeted by NCAA fans with chant ‘wag iboto’

Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao was greeted by NCAA crowd with chant “wag iboto (Do not vote)”; It happened after the game announced Pacman’s presence to watch the game.In the 12 seconds video uploaded on Youtube yesterday, October 29, basketball …

OXFAM delegation pays courtesy call to BTC

Cotabato City – On Wednesday, October 28, the Philippine-based Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), an international non-government organization paid courtesy call to the office of Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Cotabato City to seek, explore issues and concerns on the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to President Benigno Aquino III on […]

PhISO is now an accredited ISA Partner Organization

We are very happy to inform everyone that PhISO is now an accredited Partner Organization of the International Studies Association (ISA). They informed PhISO today (October 29, 2015) that:

“We are pleased to welcome the Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO) as a Partner Organization of ISA. As an ISA Partner Organization, you are part of a network of international studies

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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Churros at Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe CDO

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Ever since my most recent trip to Manila (where I tried the much-talked about churros at La Lola Churreria), I’ve been having these crazy cravings for churros. Churros are basically fried-dough pastries dusted in icing sugar and served with rich chocolate dips. These choux-based snacks are really delicious and filling, especially when served piping hot, fresh from the fryer. Best to pair it with your favorite hot beverage. In my case, I like pairing it with real good coffee. Anyway, I’ve been trying to look for churros and lo and behold, I actually had my fill at a craft store.

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