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  • Moro Artist Uses Paintbrush To Advocate Peace

    Tausug painter Rameer Amilasan Tawasil is using the canvass to bat for peace, drawing inspiration from his dark childhood marred by bloodshed and the chaos of the Moro rebellion.

    For his masterpieces, Tawasil uses critical thinking to promote a common understanding of Mindanao, using the Moro people's rich cultural heritage.

    "I was once asked why I always paint peace-related themes since Zamboanga City is fairly peaceful. I tried to explain to them that it is like living inside a peaceful house and yet the surrounding neighborhood is always in trouble. One way or another, it will affect ...

  • Caring For Learners Means Caring For Teachers Too!

    Ayang (woman in white, far right), is the teacher to indigenous Bajau mothers who attend the Adult Capability Building Program sessions in Zamboanga, Philippines. She is indigenous Bajau herself, having been raised in the same community as that of her learners. As they remain a traditional seafaring people, Ayang takes pride in her capacity to dive deep and swim far--in the ocean, and in life!

    She struggled to remain in school as a young girl. Her father encouraged her to keep on, even when their family's challenges seemed overwhelming. Ayang is grateful for the reading, writing, and counti ...

  • Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Pushes Organic Farming

    Gov. Wilter Palma has issued an executive order creating the Zamboanga Sibugay Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture (ZSTCOA) to increase the local agricultural production through organic farming.

    Palma pointed out in Executive Order No. 1011-09-05-16-009 that the dependency of the farmers on imported hazardous fertilizers and pesticides will be lessened through organic farming.

    "This (farming method) will make the local agricultural products free from toxic substances," Palma told the Philippines News Agency on Wednesday.

    The E.O. sets a policy for sustainable development of the ...

  • Badjaos Start Normal Lives In New Houses In Zambo

    Couple Nonie and Annang Jaji wept as they were handed the key to their new house on stilts at Valle Vista Subdivision in Kasanyangan village here on Wednesday.

    They were among thousands of families displaced when the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members went into rampage here from Sept. 9-28, 2013.

    The couple had been staying at the Masepla Transitory Site in Mampang village with their seven children for more than three years before they were given a new house.

    "This is happiness, we can start living normally like everyone and this place is nearer to where our children go to ...

  • A Perspective On Tausug Bravery

    Let me begin this by saying that I grew up in a Tausug household and Tausug communities in Zamboanga City and practically across the Sulu archipelago.

    I speak the language and I proudly embraced the culture of my people. It is like my second skin. When I was young, my first self-identification was that I am a Muslim. Next was that I am a Tausug -- by blood and aspirations.

    The word "ethno-centrism" came into my vocabulary only in college -- with my interaction with classmates. I became friends with both Muslims and non-Muslims from various ethnolinguistic groups and learned to be in harm ...

  • Zamboanga City Yakan Weaving Village In Asias Latin City

    Zamboanga is a highly urbanized city dubbed by some as "Asia's Latin City" because of the obvious Spanish influences, not the least of which is the wide use of Chabacano, a bastardized form of Spanish. While there are lots of fun things and educational to do in Zamboanga City itself, for a truly unique travel experience and a rare glimpse of an indigenous people, you should make a point of going to the Yakan Weaving Village, situated in Upper Calarian, about 7 km west of the city itself.

    The Yakan People

    The Yakans are actually indigenous to Basilan Island, not Zamboanga, and they are on ...