Monthly Archives: March 2019

“A Current of Narratives” – Now Published!

After seven months of photo shooting (http://mlimba.com/photoshoots-for-a-book-project) and writing, and countless copy-editing in between, the coffee table book is NOW out!  

“Muslim Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago: A Current of Narratives” presents a panoramic tableau of the rich culture of the Southern Philippines as shaped by the customs and traditions of its people. It leads us through an exploration of the life-giving waterways that abound in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago; waterways that, for centuries, have connected the peoples of the region, borne witness to their struggles and hardships, and enriched their narratives and dreams.

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Gambar’s New Revolution in the Offing?

MAKATI CITY (21 March) – “Baka pupunta si Chief Minister sa Gambar barangay assembly (Perhaps the Chief Minister will attend the barangay assembly in Gambar),” my Roommate excitedly told me last Tuesday night after receiving a text message.

“Okay, it will be a historic visit,” I replied.

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Video – What is Palendag?

What is palendag? What does it literally mean? What is the secret behind its melancholic sound?

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Jawi Script in Mindanao Speech

What is Jawi? What is the status of Jawi documents in Mindanao through the years? What is their significance in shaping national Muslim narrative?

Watch this partial video footage of my 20-minute presentation of the paper “Jawi Documents in Mindanao: Their Significance in Shaping National Muslim Narrative” at the 2016 Philippine National Historical Society’s National Conference, Almont Resort Hotel, Butuan City, October 20, 2016.

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Kabuntalan Granny’s Bayuk

Seated at the middle: Bai Baubang Mauyag, a centennial Maguindnaaon ‘pababayuk’ (poet), with her forefather Sultan Namil’s graveyard at the background.

A prominent example of Maguindanaon folk speech is the bayuk, or alternatively, bayok (lyric poetry). Bayuk also refers to a Maguindanaon chant which is syllabic and tetrachordal. As the Maguindanao language is metaphorical, whenever extra care is needed to express a feeling, it is done through bayuk.

Nowadays, there has been a diminishing number of Maguindanaon ‘pababayuk’ (bayuk-reciters) who could spontaneously compose bayuk or know them by heart. One of these remaining ‘pababayuk’ is Bai Baubang Mauyag of Barangay Bagumbayan, Municipality of Kabuntalan, Province of Maguindanao. According to her estimate when I interviewed her in May 2018, she is almost a hundred years old, and a descendant of Sultan Namil of the Rajah Buayan whose graveyard is also near her house.

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Welcome to My Youtube Channel!

In 2015, I opened my Facebook account and also started blogging and maintaining 2 websites (mlimba.com and muslimandmoney.com).

The following year I ventured into ebook publishing and published more ebooks the succeeding years (www.amazon.com/author/mansoorlimba).

Last year I also entered the world of virtual assistance (as KAICIID KIFP Reg’l Coordinator for South & Southeast Asia).

Before the end of 2018, I asked myself, how about Video blogging in 2019?

Well, my answer is YES!

Welcome to my Youtube channel – Wayfaring with Mansoor

Let’s go!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPCApkk0vSh0VYHE4M-QW-Q

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Four Enduring Challenges to Revolutionary-to-Ruler Transition (Part 2 of 2)

Freedom Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. (c) mlimba.com

MAKATI CITY (13 March) – In addition to (1) simplicity or simple living, there are three other enduring challenges, among others, facing Islamic Republic of Iran’s revolutionary-to-ruler transition: (2) openness to criticism, (3) loyalty vs. competence, and (4) blaming the enemy. 

2. Openness to criticism. Undeniably, for a person to feel bad with criticism is a natural tendency as he tends to see himself, his attitude, and his intellect as perfect and flawless. In Sa‘di’s poetry, “Everyone thinks his own wisdom perfect and his child beautiful… If wisdom were to cease throughout the world, no one would suspect himself of ignorance.” (Golestan-e Sa‘di, chap. 7 (Rules for Conduct in Life), tale 30, p. 357)

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