Bangsa Moro, Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam

On February 12, 2000, my article on harems and polygamy in Islam was published at The Philippine Post. I wrote it for the Valentine season. The year after, I was informed that two of my articles Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam and Once Upon A Time: Sarangany Island were two of the 7… Continue reading Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam

Bangsa Moro, culture, political

Bangsa Moro Files

I made a new website to showcase my upcoming book, Blogging the Bangsa Moro. The site includes links to a number of my blogposts as well as to my eldest brother's last essay published at the Ateneo Law Journal, which I also blogged. But I don't want to post the website itself because I haven't… Continue reading Bangsa Moro Files

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