The Tausug People

Curious about what the Tausugs of this generation? is there a Tausug Gagandilan left in this generation?

Tausug is amongst the bravest specimen in the history of humanity along with the Spartans, Vietnamese and Gurkhas.

Tausug is one of the 13th tribes that composes Bangsamoro or Moro Nation. I’m curious about the Tausug since we have different language and detached from mainland Mindanao. I always dream of traveling in Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi and nearby islands. As much as i want to learn about the history of the Moro people you can’t take out the Tausugs. Read More

House under the Crescent Moon (2000)

Teng just join youtube bandwagon and uploaded his first film House under the Crescent Moon (2000), Best Video Documentary winner at the 15th Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video.

House under the Crescent Moon‘ is Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s prizewinning first film. It won Best Documentary at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Prize for Independent Film and Video in 2001.

I hope he will upload more of his work.

Famous speech of Sultan Kudarat

The speech below is famous amongst us Moro people. This speech that awakens the prides of the Moro people that after this speech the moros fights under the leadership of Sultan Kudarat, a significant history that unites the Moro people to fight against the spaniards. A moment in the history of the Bangsamoro that proves we Moros are united in our struggle for self-determination and freedom.

The speech of Magindanaw Sultan Muhammad Di-Pertuan Qudarat was translated in the Spanish language by the famous Jesuit Father Francisco Combes who served as ambassador of the Spanish government to the court of the Magindanaw Sultan in Simway between the years 1645 to 1657. The speech was written in the book of Combes titled Historia de Mindanao y Jolo (Madrid, 1667 (Prologo of Wenceslao E. Retana dated March 19, 1897) Obra publicada en Madrid en 1667, y que ahora con la colaboracion del P. Pablo Pastells de la misma Compania, Saca Nuevamente A Luz W. E. Retana. Madrid: Viuda de M. Minuesa de los Rios, 1897, (Retana edition), p.164). The speech runs as follows: Read More

AFP Harassments in Sulu

I recieved an email from Adzfar Usman, MNLF Youth relayed to Samira Gutoc thru our YMPN yahoogroups. Heres the content:

Military ops still ongoing in the province(s) of Sulu, of course, in Basilan too. The worst thing is, instead of giving space to the civilians to harvest their fruits produce (now is harvest season), and despite of the appeal from the CSO’s and other government line agencies, thru the Peace Working Group of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, the ops is being intensified. and there were accusations from the civilians allegedly the military in the area were harvesting their fruits and stealing their livestock particularly chickens. This is in the upper part of Bato-bato in Indanan municipality. and this is maybe true also in some other parts of Sulu.

I hope through our little efforts, we can find ways how to stop this impunity against our people.

There always this kind of harrassments during wars. During the previous all-out wars of years 2000 and 2003 in Mindanao particularly in Lanao provinces, the military steals the spoils of war. The spoils – livestocks and belongings left by the residents fleeing to evacuation site or away from military operation. When the resident goes back to their respected houses their livestocks and important things in their houses were gone. Read More

Moroism and Morology

moroism.jpgThis is the first time i encounter this word – Moroism. Maybe this refers to a Moro + Heroism? I’m not a hero or something but i can’t deny my identity as being a Moro. Theres still many Filipinos who doesn’t know about Moro or Bangsamoro and if this Moro people do exist in Mindanao. This is one the reason why i blog and create Moro-related websites so to inform that we exists. Read More