“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.
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.
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.
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.
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)