B’Laan Rep in MILF Panel Asks IPs to Back Floundering Talks

Zamboanga City – THE LONE representative of indigenous peoples (IP) sitting in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel is appealing to ethnic groups to support the on-going Mindanao peace process. “We are appealing unto them to support the peace process. The IP’s support is equally crucial for the success in the negotiations,” said […]

Mujaheedins Loosing Hope in Kuala Lumpur Talks

Zamboanga City – DESPITE the difficulties hobbling the peace negotiation between the government and Moro rebels, a top leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has called on the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao to remain upbeat about the prospects of peace. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of MILF’s Central Committee, has pleaded with the […]


“True, my hometown Zamboanga, its peninsula, is an island of ethnic and rebellious strife and conflict: between the Christian and the Muslims, among the different tribes, and even among the Moros themselves.” (A talk given by the author at Philippine PEN 50th anniversary last December 8-9, 2007, held at the National Museum, Manila. PEN is […]

Rotarians Treat Young and Old With “Greatest Gift Of All”

LAST December 15, the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City – West in cooperation with Skycable conducted the Greatest Gift of All Year 14 at the Astoria Regency Convention Hall at Pasonanca, Zamboanga City. Over a thousand participants from 27 children’s government, nongovernment and SPED centers converged at the Regency to participate in the grand Christmas […]

Ray of Love Shines on Street Kids When Christmas Comes

Zamboanga City – “HERE comes Santa Claus! /Right down Santa Claus Lane! /He’s got a bag that is filled with toys/ For the boys and girls again. /Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, /What a beautiful sight.” These lines from the song “Here Comes Santa Claus” were heard almost everywhere last Christmas, especially in households […]

ZABIDA Evaluates, Sharpens Its Programs

Zamboanga City – FR. ANGEL C. Calvo, president of the Spain-funded Zamboanga City-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), has rallied the coalition’s partner organizations to step up their intervention in communities they serve to realize a vision to ultimately end poverty, conflict and social degradation. The call was made during the coalition’s three-day yearend and assessment […]

Sealed With A Kiss: Students Say It With Cards

Zamboanga City – CHOCOLATES are sweeter with cards.The sweet messages it contained could penetrate down to the deepest part of one’s heart and soul especially in times when you are down and feeling hopeless. Yet, it is free from any health risk of getting diabetes, which is why most people hate sweetened chocolates. So on […]

Research Consortium Launches Mindanao Devt. Guidebook in WMSU

Zamboanga City – THE book “Checkpoints and Chokepoints – Learning from Peace and Development Paradigms and Practices in Mindanao”, published by the Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation, Inc. (MSCFI), was launched at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) last Dec. 13. The book is a useful tool in analyzing how development projects are being planned and […]

Interfaith Advocates Cap a Busy 2007 With Thanksgiving

Zamboanga City – MEMBERS of an inter-religious group in the city committed themselves to strengthen their interfaith solidarity and cooperation, citing the many commonalities between different their faiths – Muslims, Catholics and evangelicals. At the yearend “Solidarity Thanksgiving” hosted by the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) last December 29, its convenors reiterated the importance […]