Bangsa Moro, personal

Hadja Sitti Rahma Yahya Abbas

Sitti Rahma, my mother   My mother was born in Malita, Davao del Sur in 1918 to Sheikh Ismail Yahya, a Mranao Arab and Bai Rosa, a Buayanen/Maguindanaon princess and coconut plantation heiress. As my mother used to say, she was “born with a silver spoon in her mouth.” By the age of 12, my… Continue reading Hadja Sitti Rahma Yahya Abbas

Bangsa Moro, culture, Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Here is a newspaper article I wrote on the Torogan, the Mranao royal house. I had posted this before in my websites and in my blogs. I stopped maintaining my websites while some of my blogs just vanished for whatever reasons. This is a snapshot of my lost blog with its Torogan post: Now, it's… Continue reading Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Bangsa Moro, culture, History, socio-cultural

Mranaos and the Bicolanos

This is another of my lost blogposts which was saved by the Internet. Thanks to humans or Internet bots, I can put this back in the blogosphere. These free webhosts should at least warn their users that their closing shop. I maintained that particular blog for several years, including designing the site. I chose a… Continue reading Mranaos and the Bicolanos

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article

Basilan: almost became a French colony

Below is an old newspaper feature I did for the Philippine Post. I am re-posting it here as I have already abandoned my websites while my blog at Blogger.com, which contained this article, had been removed.  This is quite an interesting historical incident, unknown to most Filipinos. Today, industrialized countries are attracted to China for… Continue reading Basilan: almost became a French colony

Bangsa Moro, current events, History

Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Continue reading Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

Bangsa Moro, Mr. and Ms Magazine, Newspaper article

Ramadhan – A Time for Fasting and Praying

A few days ago, while I was browsing the web,  I found a tumblr blog that re-published my magazine article on Ramadhan. I had uploaded that article in one of my blogs. I tried looking for my blog that had that article but I couldn't find it. It was from my blogsome.com blog. Blogsome had… Continue reading Ramadhan – A Time for Fasting and Praying

Astrology, Bangsa Moro, History, New Age

Pluto in Capricorn : The Coming World Financial Collapse

    Remember, remember!  The fifth of November,   the Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason         should ever be forgot! -  English Folk Verse (c.1870)   The world entered a new epoch in 2008, one that is changing socio-political reality as we know it. Pluto, that… Continue reading Pluto in Capricorn : The Coming World Financial Collapse

Bangsa Moro

My Mother and The First “Modern” Moro Women

April 4 is the birthday of my late mother, Hadja Sitti Rahma Yahya - Abbas. Sometime ago, one of the news talk shows of ANC (ABSCBN News Channel) featured young Moros and labeled them as “Modern Muslims.” For some people, modern means young. Yet the young could be very old-fashioned, dogmatic and narrow-minded. There are… Continue reading My Mother and The First “Modern” Moro Women

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article

"BARAHAMAN, THE FORGOTTEN SULTAN OF MINDANAO

Since I have now abandoned all my websites, I am re-posting my articles in my blogs. Below is another of my full page articles published in The Philippine Post. This was written to commemorate the tercentennial anniversary of the death of Sultan Barahaman (Abdul Rahman) of Maguindanao. ©By Datu Jamal Ashley Abbas Grandson and heir… Continue reading "BARAHAMAN, THE FORGOTTEN SULTAN OF MINDANAO

Bangsa Moro, culture, Newspaper article

The Dragon in Lanao

This is an article I wrote for The Philippine Post (February 26, 2000). I posted this in my websites and in my blog, M-Reality: Body/Mind/Spirit. But in 2009, Blogger removed my blog, as well as numerous other blogs, due to alleged third-party malware. I am re-posting it here. It occupied one whole page in a… Continue reading The Dragon in Lanao