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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 […]

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 […]