How far can your 6,209 pesos go?
Gen San Kiamba, SarangganiMaitum, Saranggani Gen San Koronadal Surallah Lake Sebu Surallah Lake Holon in T’boli Surallah Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat Cotabato City Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao Dato Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Cotabato City Dato Odin Sinuat, Maguindanao Marawi Iligan Cagayan De Oro. All in eight and a half days!
Today we conclude our travel around the land of promise Mindanao. Traversing through the regions of SOX, ARMM and some cities in Northern Mindanao.
When we hear about Mindanao most of the things that are commonly attached to it are the words ‘dangerous’ and ‘war stricten’ as portrayed by the media. But all through out our 8 day adventure we have experienced the exact opposite. We found the hidden gems of Mindanao and were at awe by its beauty and at the same time felt sad that a lot of people are missing out on what SOX and ARMM has to offer just because of the notion that Mindanao is ‘unsafe’.
We also felt the warm hospitality of the people of Mindanao, who welcomed us to their respective communities in each place that we went and even helped us in our times of need.
We also experienced the rich culture and diversity of this part of our country where Bisayas, ilocanos, illonggos, Meranaos and Maguindanaons live side by side day after day in peace. I truly appreciated my stay in Maguindanao and Marawi where I had the chance to be with our Muslim brothers and further enrich my understanding and knowledge about Islam and their culture.
I entitled this post as foreigners in our own country because we Filipinos are such. We are becoming foreigners in our own country because we tend to single out some of the places of our country which had difficult pasts and to the fact that we tend to live in that past. Yes, things did happen here in Mindanao but do you think the people here wanted it to happen? People here are peace loving, warm, kind and they are trying to move on from the trials that has long plagued their place. But how can they move on if we continually associate Mindanao with it’s past.
If we continue to be afraid we will never truly experience what Mindanao is. The land of promise.
I’d like to thank Sec. Nelly Nita Dillera of DOT-Region 12 for connecting me with Maam Jellybee Madres Baay who helped me with my itinerary in SOX. Sec. Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilangalen of DOT-ARMM and her staff Sahara K. Ali for accomodating me Shukran maam! Especially to maam Marie Cris Batuampar 🤗, Sir Halid 🤗 and Dindo 😁 for being our guides and buddies in Maguindanao 😉. To Sir Co J Tamano for welcoming us in Marawi.
To everyone we met along the way, Pastor Louie of Maasim, Maam Jane of Kiamba thank you for your hospitality.
To Reggie Ondong, Joel Ikan and Lolo Sinam Muan for being our family in Lake Holon.
To Sir Anthony of the Sultan Kudarat tourism office for touring us around Isulan, to maam Emelie Jamorabon of the Tacurong tourism office for touring us around Tacurong and Sir Rey for welcoming us in Baras bird Sanctuary.
To Maam Leah Tarhata Mehila for being our camping buddy in Mt. Minandar 😊
To maam Juhaira Musa Juanday and Sir Shybenn Racman for conversing with us during our commutes 😁
Special thanks to Bj Bj, Jawwad Usman Djamla Devon Tomato Toni Le Gresley Jose Espenido for answering my questions about the area prior to my visit. To Sir Hajar Kabalu for welcoming us in Cotabato city 😀
Madamo gid salamat! Shukran! Magsukol! Daghang Salamat! Maraming Salamat po sa inyong lahat 🤗😍😙😊😉
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