Meet Abdel. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a Degree in Sociology. He then entered the UP College of Law from which he graduated last 2010. Abdel, who hails from Iligan City, is a lawyer by profession but a developmental and humanitarian worker at heart. "Ang mga tao kasi kapag nalalaman na Moro ako, mas proud pa sila sa akin. It’s just that I am just doing what I think I should be doing for this country, for myself, for my family. I don’t really consciously do it dahil Bangsamoro ako, trying to be excellent dahil Moro ako. Walang ganoon pag-iisip sa akin before eh. Pero ngayon kailangan nang maging conscious, kailangan na nating maging mas excellent. Goals ko? I really want public service, makatulong na hindi iniisip ang sarili. Sa atin kasing mga Bangsamoro, we measure success by our degree, by the house that we have, by the clothes that we wear, by the cars that we possess pero it’s not really that. I’ve learned that the wealth of a person is more of the intangible and the success of the individual is hinge not on how many he/she possess but on how he/she affects other. Sobrang madaling maging selfish, pero in this times mas kailangan nating magkaisa, kailangan nating mas maging magaling. Because that’s really for me is the most effective way of combating iyong mga stereotypes and discrimination. To show na we are excellent people that we are, that we can blend in at the same time stand out. There’s really nothing special about being a Bangsamoro, it's not just a religion, it’s who we are, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Just excel because we really need to live by example."
Stories of Bangsamoro
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
There is this mobile game that we just started playing. It makes us very preoccupied to the point that we forget our other vices. From morning until the evening, when there’s a chance, we get our . . . Read More
Kaya namin itinayo ang Madrasa para hindi maligaw ang landas ng aming mga anak. Madrasa is a school teaching Islamic Religion and Arabic Education. Itinayo namin ang Madrasa noong 1999. Noon, kung . . . Read More
I finished a degree on cooperatives but I found myself jumping from one career to another. I used to be a property custodian, a clerk, and now, I’m an auditor for a hotel business. I realized that . . . Read More
We are renting a house and this little area where we sell charcoal briquettes. I used to peddle trinkets and other dry goods for decades until the authorities prohibited street vending. We started . . . Read More
Every year I always do a pilgrimage for 40 days. This year I’m leading a team of ten people. We all have different jobs and backgrounds back home. We bring our own things, like an adventure but . . . Read More