Life along the borders: The Indonesian Sangirs on Balut Island

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by Mick Jethro Basa, Panglantaw Mindanao   BALUT ISLAND, Philippines – “If the waters are calm, we could reach Indonesia in three hours or so,” Alfrede Lahabir points his lips toward the window of his nipa hut, where the Celebes sea can be seen.   “We go to Indonesia at least once a month,” he says in a mixture of Manado

Bakwit

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  by Keith Kristoffer Bacongco, Panglantaw Mindanao   An undetermined number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from different parts of Mindanao – referred to colloquially as ‘bakwit’, from the verb ‘evacuate’ – have not returned to their homes years after they sought refuge from the war. Local officials say at least 8,000 families of IDPs

Bangsamoro Martial Arts

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  by Ruby Thursday More, Panglantaw Mindanao   Unknown to most Mindanawons, the martial arts Kuntao Silat used to be commonly practiced by Muslims in Mindanao. During the martial law years however, its followers had to train behind closed doors to evade suspicion. Restoring the practice of Kuntao Silat is the life mission of Abdulnasser

Kaamulan Rodeo, Bukidnon

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  by Alex Baluyut, Panglantaw Mindanao   Bukidnon is the home of the so-called Filipino cowboys. Clad in denim pants, leather boots and trademark high-crowned wide-brimmed hat, they maintain the appearance of the archetypal United States cowboy. This similarity is more than skin-deep as it was the Americans who established ranching in Mindanao during the

Sulagad

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  by Alex Baluyut, Panglantaw Mindanao   The Teduray-Lambangian, an indigenous peoples group in Mindanao, practices a sustainable farming system that they call “sulagad.” However, the popularity of synthetic fertilizers and its threat to their land’s fertility has prompted them to acquire new knowledge — how to make their own organic fertilizer — by partnering

Tricyboat

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  by Bernard Julian Patiño, Panglantaw Mindanao   A tricyboat is a mode of transportation that’s popular in Davao City and other parts of Mindanao. It is a public utility vehicle that is basically configured like a tricycle except that its engine is the motor of a pump boat, thus the name. Practically all of

Full Moon Vigil

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  by Alex Baluyut, Panglantaw Mindanao   Along the mountainous boundary between Bukidnon province and Cagayan de Oro City, a Higaonon community in Sitio Tigahon holds a vigil months after typhoon “Sendong” brought heavy rains in the area. The deluge sent river waters breaching its banks, rampaging into the port cities of Cagayan de Oro

Solar Solution

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  by Bernard Julian Patiño, Panglantaw Mindanao   A women farmers association in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur this year facilitated the installation of simple solar systems in ten of its household members in Barangay Begong for their electricity needs. Each system is capable of powering a couple of light bulbs, a radio and cell phone

Lagarao made in Davao: Nearing a blunt end?

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  by Pamela Chua and Jose Aurelio Lozano, Panglantaw Mindanao   Mindanao is a land of migrants like Rony Saban, a blacksmith running a shop in Bugac, Maa, Davao City. Rony was a teenager when his family moved there from Cebu. His father set up the shop and taught Rony and his brothers the craft

Applications for 2014 certificate courses now open

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Applications for ACFJ’s 2014 Certificate Courses are now being accepted. The application deadline for the first course, Visual Storytelling, is on 15 August 2014. Classes begin on August 30 and end October 30.