Meet Rasul, who hails from Marawi City, and has been in Manila for only three months. Together with his brother, he is studying Arabic and pursuing his dream to be a teacher. "Grade 7 na ako rito sa Madrasa. Wala ang Ustadz (Teacher) sa mga kinder dito kaya ako muna ang ginawang substitute. Pangalawang araw ko nang nagbabantay sa kanila. Noong una kinakabahan ako, pero ngayon nawawala na ang kaba. Makukulit kasi ang mga bata. Pangarap kong maging guro. Kapag nakatapos ako ng pag-aaral gusto kong maging totoong Ustadz."
I miss home. My family misses home. The fresh air, the slow-paced life, our relatives; we miss Bukidnon. But we can’t leave Palawan. I have a business here, and my children go to school here as . . . Read More
My mother once dreamed of becoming a teacher but she didn’t because of several reasons. She told me about her dream which inspired me to be a teacher, even though I initially wanted to be an . . . Read More
It is my desire to visit ridges down to the reefs but I’ll never forget that one trip when I thought my life is done. I swam towards the middle of the sea with only my swimming googles while the . . . Read More
I was in Marawi City last May 23, 2017. My task that day was to get some reports from the police station needed for my work. It was around 1:30 in the afternoon when we heard the gun shots. Actually, . . . Read More
I was born in a Muslim family during a war. It was dangerous times, so my parents gave me to another family far from home so I’ll be safe. The family who adopted me happened to be Christians; Roman . . . Read More
I used to play basketball every day, but now that I’m one of the patrol officers in our barangay I’ve had less time for basketball. Whenever I’m not patrolling, I train players in their . . . Read More