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RogueRoque has written 8 articles so far, you can find them below.

Thoughts on SONA 2017

I attended my second SONA as a guest. Let me share with you my experience. Let me tell you also about some of the best Mindanao-inspired outfits I saw but which you may not have seen in the news. That red carpet is intimidating. Last year, I was so afraid that I would stumble in […]

‘Mabilis’ na Kwentong Marawi

Salamat sa AFP sa pahintulot na mabisita ang ating tropa sa Marawi. Mabilis at kontrolado ang aming maigsing pagdalaw. Simpleng bagay lamang ang aming dinala para sa tropa – mga underwear at burgers – pero nagulat kami sa naging pagtanggap ng mga sundalo at pulis. Sa unang checkpoint pa lamang sa Brgy Emie Punud, nagulat […]

Yes, there’s at least one woman who mans the checkpoints going to Marawi

It is now 31 days since Marawi became a battleground. Checkpoints are a way of life – especially if you’re traveling from the Laguindinga  airport in Cagayan de Oro towards Marawi.  I remember the checkpoints in light of recent news reports that Gabriela, the women’s organization, has expressed alarm over reports that the military and […]

Our Schools as ‘Peace Zones’ near Marawi

If you drive too fast, you won’t see that many schools near Marawi carry signs indicating they are “peace zones.” I saw this first hand on a recent visit to the area. Many of the government schools in Misamis Oriental on the way to Iligan carry this “peace zone” sign outside the gate. Education Secretary […]

A Church Rescues its Flock from a Cross Fight in Marawi

In Tibanga, Iligan, I saw a community of “bakwits” that lives to tell the tale of how a church, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), saved them from the fighting in Marawi. I am not a member of the INC. I encountered this story when we were in Iligan to distribute blankets and mats to people […]

Ay, Bagan!

Binisita naming ang Bagan (Pagan), ang dating kapital ng Myanmar nang ito ay isa pang kaharian. Ito ay isang kagubatan na mahigit 600 kilometro ang layo mula sa kapital na Yangon. Dinadayo ang Bagan dahil ito ay kagubatan na puno ng mga magkakatabing templo at Pagoda. Libo-libo ang mga templo na itinayo lalo na noong […]

Why do the people of Myanmar generally like Pinoys?

Myanmar is a place where I felt genuinely well-liked because I come from the Philippines. The Burmese are a gentle, lovely and helpful people. It was a common experience, from the airport to the hotel and various tourist places, to get asked if we were from the Philippines. As soon as we say yes, we […]

Encounters: Alan Gabriola

Alan is one of our officers in the Philippine embassy in Yangon. When I met him, he has spent three years in Myanmar and is getting ready to be deployed to another ASEAN state. Meeting him gave me an insight into the life of our young foreign service officers. A native of Antique province, Alan […]