He sings, plays the piano, and he's good with the guitar. When he's not mixing one chemical compound with another, he plays football with his friends.
But what he loves the most is spending time at the beach.
For this young man from Mindanao, nothing can beat the stunning translucent waters and powder-fine sand beaches in his hometown Basilan, a statement of fact badly overshadowed by the island's reputation of violence and terror.
Every now and then, Amin Hataman goes home to Basilan to reunite with his family. But this break from school would be incomplete without spending time at t ...
"Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind." — Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations.
During my 1st visit in the island province of Basilan wayback 2005, I was very afraid to roam around. With news about insurgents thriving in the province, I was just satiated by the thought that, at least, I was able to set my feet in one of the country's less traveled places.
Fastforward some 10 years after the 1st encounter: The thought of going back to Basilan and see the splendor it can offer came about after a friend invited me to go to Tawi-Tawi. We though ...
Fishing boats were docked in Isabela City's port. The slight drizzle made the ground muddy, prolonging the disembarkation of passengers from our ferry that just arrived from Zamboanga City.
I walked through the mud clutching my bag tightly to keep it dry. I was in Basilan, one of the southernmost island-provinces of the Philippines, a province infamous for being terrorist and insurgent hotspots for the past decades.
Being raised in Manila, I've only heard of negative news coming from Basilan. Ask any Filipino residing outside the province and its nearby areas, and you'll see fear in thei ...
Yakan Tribe,celebrates Lami Lamihan Festival in Basilan.
The first time I saw Bulingan Falls was online and I marvelled at its rock formations.
Many think twice of visiting Basilan because of the notorious Abu Sayyaf. Yes, they still exist, unfortunately but it doesn't mean that you should not visit. As what locals say, stay in city centers like Isabela City or Lamitan. Although its still possible to go to other parts, they would not advise it.
Lamitan has often been part of the Abu Sayyaf stories. Yes, there was a major encounter several years before but the city has become so busy with its own development with several many buildings being co ...
Nowadays it's almost impossible to find a place that's completely untouched by tourism. Locations once considered remote are now accessible by plane, boat, or car.
White Beach in Malamawi in Isabela City, Basilan, is a virgin island, blessed with pristine water and white sand.
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman wants the place to be a business and tourism hub.
Unknown to many, cities in Basilan like Lamitan and Isabela are generally peaceful and laid-back.
Hataman is supporting tourism and business in Basilan to create jobs for the locals. "I want local ...