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Yes, Flores de Mayo lives on
Written by Thea Septann S. Padua/MindaNews   
Saturday, 17 May 2008 06:11
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) -- Young children sprinkle petals on the isle while walking all the way to the altar not to litter but to honor Mama Mary.

It is the month of flowers once again and children are in the chapels for the traditional Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), a month-long Catholic festival introduced by the Spaniards as a tribute to the Virgin Mary.

Marawi celebrates 28th year as chartered city
Written by Samira A. Gutoc/MIndaNews   
Thursday, 17 April 2008 18:24
MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/17 April) - Sultans, swords , streamers. Where East meets West, visiting Marawi City in central Mindanao is like having a blast in the past. Women walk the streets in their colorful malongs. Kids singing hiphop converge in karaoke bars.

Moro women, second to none
Written by by the Moro Times   
Sunday, 30 March 2008 03:56
(This was originally published in the March 28, 2008 issue of the Moro Times, a monthly supplement of The Manila Times. MindaNews was given permission by Moro Times editor in chief Amina Rasul to disseminate this).

As we celebrate Women’s Month, we honor the struggle of Moro women to right wrongs, fight poverty, injustice and discrimination, and find peace and development for their homeland.  Here are the stories of outstanding Moro women who have broken the glass ceiling in their respective fields.   Second to none, veiled or not, these Muslim women have gained the respect and following of their people proving that In Islam, men and women are equal not only in rights but also in shouldering  responsibility to the ummah.  They are mothers and daughters, peace advocate and mujahideen, educator and politician, aleema and labor leader, journalist and community worker.  Above and beyond, they are exemplars of the Muslimah, proof that Islam supports the leadership of women, not subjugate them.
FEATURE: Epiphanies on the road to 'Someplace Else': Journeys into the Thailand-Burma border
Written by Charina Sanz Zarate/MindaNews   
Monday, 10 March 2008 05:03

"I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over - a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any here."
               - John Steinbeck in "The Urge to be Someplace Else"

And so it was that I found myself one cold December morning riding at the back of an open pickup truck, the wind on my face, up through the misty mountain trails of Mae Hong Son at the Thai-Burmese border. There we were all seated on a mat spread across the floor of the truck, shivering at every burst of moist wind that got chillier as we climbed our way up the slopes. To shield my face from the cold, I draped it with a shawl that I kept holding on tightly lest it gets blown about by the wind. Yet, after a while, I decided to let go of it gladly, no matter how biting the cold was, and let myself be swept in by the wind and sunshine, and the stirring beauty of mist and green.

The "little paper with a big cause" is 60 years old
Written by Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato   
Sunday, 10 February 2008 04:36
COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 February) -- It was the brainchild of two great missionaries- Fr. Gerard Mongeau, OMI and Fr. Cuthbert Billman, OMI. Fr. Mongeau fathered it and Fr. Billman named it, "The Mindanao Cross, a little paper with a big cause." This motto has described the paper ever since it emerged from a donated printing press and began to hit the streets 60 years ago on February 6, 1948.
Cuartel de Tacurong on the eastern end of the plaza
Written by Resty Aguilar   
Sunday, 10 February 2008 04:34
As one enters the City of Tacurong, one can see the simplicity of life in a striving community of about 100,000 souls. Rising from the stereotype portrayed by national and foreign media for many years that it is a very risky place to stay in, visit or do business due to the past reported bombings and other acts of criminality and terrorism, its people are not only resilient but truly resisted the idea of relocating to other “safer” places as an act of defiance to these conscienceless and soulless monsters.

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