When I was in third year high school, I braved to swim in the open sea, confident that I would survive it with my limited swimming skills. Unfortunately, I ran out of breath. I was lucky that there was a fisherman nearby who helped me get out of the water. I never dared to swim further from the shore after that incident. Every time we go on a beach trip, my friends would enjoy while I just stay there looking at them. I’m from Zamboanga and it’s so frustrating that there are amazing beaches there, a jeepney ride away and I can’t even swim. My parents are always worried that I won’t make it again. Last year, I decided that I should take swimming lessons. The timing was always a big challenge though because I’m still a student. But finally, here we are in the pool and I’m on my last day of the swimming class. I’ve learned a lot and during weekdays I sneak in some practice. These lessons helped me have a little bit more confidence and overcome my fear in the water.
My favorite memory in high school are all the times I’ve spent with my barkada. We’ve been friends for six years now. Our parents are also close friends so even if we live away from one another, . . . Read More
I’d like to think of myself as a princess. I was only 18 when a patron of my mother’s sari-sari store invited us to come with them in Lanao. I thought it was another country I begged my mother . . . Read More
In 2016, the Abu Sayaff came to Bohol and the perception towards us changed. Discrimination became common. My classmates always ask me about being a terrorist and it is annoying. They always ask . . . Read More
Ang pinakamahirap sa pagbabalik-Islam ko ay yung anak ko. Only child sya at seven years old na sya ngayon.Anak ko sya nung hindi pa ako Muslim.Yung sa parents ko tanggap ko na yun na hindi sila . . . Read More
Of the many collections I have in our home, these medals are my favorite. These medals represent the achievements of my children in Math, English, and Madrasa while they were in elementary. They may . . . Read More
Meet Jehan, the woman behind the Datu’s Brew Coffee Shop---one of the must visit and to try places in Cotabato. Hear her inspiration and purpose in keeping up this one of its kind Moro . . . Read More