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From fighting to farming

By Teng L. Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief Sumisip, Basilan — Wiril Muril joined the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group when he was still 21 years old. A resident of Barangay Baywas in Sumisip, Basilan, Muril said he had to join the group to get the much needed support because his ...

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Armm helps fisherfolk back on their feet

By TENG L. DATU Cotabato City Bureau Chief . Maluso, Basilan — Abdulham Mohammad, 48, remembers the good old days of the fishing industry of Maluso town in Basilan. “Noon, pusit lang ang hinuhuli ko, kumikita ako ng P500-P5,000 kada araw,” he said, adding that most fishermen would not even ...

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Oro writers’ group holds writeshop for teachers

AS part of the 2018 National Arts Month and the Panaghugpong 10: Xavier Arts Festival , the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in partnership with the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro, organize the Ani ng Sining Workshop on ...

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Call for submissions for Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao

The Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao is now open for contributions to its fourth regular issue themed ‘Mental Disorders.’ Bulawan’s editors are looking for poems, short stories, flash fiction/nonfiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, screenplays, full-length play excerpts, novel chapters, critical essays, book reviews, and visual artworks that discuss psychiatric/psychological ...

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Call for entries on for 2nd Kagis writeshop

Writers group Bathalad-Sugbo, in partnership with the Libulan Queer Collective, a writers bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, is now accepting applications for the 2nd Kagis Creative Writers’ Workshop to be held from April 21 to 22 at Handuraw Pizza, White Gold Annex Building, ...

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Help in Marawi rehabilitation instead, group says

An environmental watchdog urged the public to help in the rehabilitation of Marawi City by not buying firecrackers this yuletide holidays. “We appeal to our fellow Filipinos to think twice before buying firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices or staging costly firework displays at a time when tens of thousands of residents ...

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Flash fiction by Raymond A. Ybanez I was heading home from work when, on the road, I chanced upon the strong downpour of rain. I pulled my old motorcycle over on the side of the overpass to wear my raincoat. As the flow of car traffic slowed down on the ...

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Post Marawi: A tale of two widows

ILIGAN City — Military operations in Marawi City have ended, but the anguish has not ebbed for widows Mary Jane Apao and Minhati Madrais who come from both sides of the war. It was a nightmare for Mary Jane Apao everytime she hears “Marawi.” She lost her husband, Sgt. Philip ...

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The heart that beats for Marawi

Like others who are working hard for their families and themselves, Aikel Sarip woke up feeling exhausted and heavy from yesterday’s work. He gazed at the ceiling trying to find a reason to go on, and there he saw a photo of people he cared about—their faces painted with smiles ...

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