The group counseling session proceeded in a somber pace. Under a tent, a male Sendong survivor narrated his tale of survival. He mentioned a word – kahoy – meaning tree. A fleeting reference; but enough to earn a reaction from across the makeshift group process laboratory.
While shooting images of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong in Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City in the early morning of Dec. 17, photojournalist Richel Umel was at first detached from the scene of muddied cadavers being hauled by army rescuers for identification. Several moments later, he could not move. His tears flowed uncontrollably at the sight of lines of drowned people and the throng of grieving flood survivors.
The province of Misamis Oriental have much to celebrate as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) conferred to the highly coveted “Seal of Good Housekeeping Award” in its distinction of “taking bold steps towards meaningful change in the arena of local governance.”
In 2006, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People listed the Badjaos as the poorest among the country’s nomadic tribes.
Even before I had passion for writing, Emilio introduced me first to the joys of reading. Emilio had a considerable collection of books. I remember the mini-library we had in the living room of our home in Villa Ernesto. They were sorted “biblically,” as Emilio used to call it; biblical because you have to seek before you could find a particular book.
Wanting to harness strength in unity, five predominantly Iranun towns in Maguindanao formed themselves into one community to govern concerns commonly affecting their respective localities in Maguindanao province.
Two years have passed since Moro rebels attacked this town of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte and its neighbor, Kauswagan, killing over a dozen people and burning down houses and a school in a span of days in the southern Philippines.
ASEAN talks of security but not people