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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Unity of the Sultanate of Maguuindanao

The Sultanate of Maguindanao was established by Shariff Kabunsuan to awaken the leadership in the hearts of the Maguindanao people. Stewardship could be the possible motivation behind the birth of the Sultanate.

However, as time progressed, the concept of leadership in Maguindanao stayed stagnant, looking at it as a personal property that should not be transferred to anyone outside the family.

This is the very reason that I am passionate about giving a second look at the concept of 'DATUISM' --not to enforce authority on the non-royalties, but to use royalty as the means to improve the condition of the poor.

I must admit, that being a part of the Sultanate is not fame or privilege but more on the responsibility to the poor.

NO, I am not talking about feeding the poor, nor sustaining the dole-out mentality, but to serve as a conduit to assist and help them feed themselves.

If I could see the entire Sultanate of Maguindanao, with ALL the royal families coming together as one to lobby for the indigent, then I think I have served my part.

This is my commitment as a descendant of Apo Sultan Kudarat.♥

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Sultans of Maguindanao (1515 to present)

The Sultans of Maguindanao from 1515 to the present.

Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan was the father of the Maguindanao Sultanate.

He was the great great grandfather of Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat.

Sultan Kudarat was my paternal roots.

Maguindanao is a poor province, found in Mindanao, covered by the

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the Philippines.

Here is the complete list of the Maguindanao Sultanate.

1.Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan ( 1515)

2. Shariff Makaalang (1543)

3. Datu Bangkaya (1574)

4. Datu Dimasangkay Adil (1579-1584)

5. Datu Gogo Sarikula (1585-1597)

6. Kapitan Laut Buisan (1597-1619)

7. Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat I(1619-1671)

8. Sultan Mohamad Dundang Tidulay (1671-1672)

9. Sultan Muhammad Baranaman (1672-1699)

10.Sultan Jamalal Alam Kuda (1699-1702)

11. Sultan Bayanol Anuar (1702)

12. Sultan Jadar Sedik Manamin (1733)

13. Sultan Tahirudin Malinog (1736)

14. Sultan Pakir Maulana Kairodin Kamsa (1749)

15. Sultan Pakarudin Almanza (1755)

16. Sultan Asmodin Kibad Saharival ( 1780-1805)

17. Sultan Kawasa Anwar (1805-1830)

18. Sultan Jamolal Alam Untong (1830-1854)

19. Sultan Makakua ( 1854-1884)

20. Sultan Jalalodin Pablo (1884-1895)

21. Sultan Manginggra (1896-1906)

22. Sultan Hijaban Mastura Kudarat III (1907-1927)

23. Sultan Tato Esmael (1938-1991)

24. Sultan Abdulaziz Guiwan Mastura Kudarat IV( 1993)

25. Sultan Salem Mastura Kudarat V( 2011 to present)

Monday, April 9, 2012

The war evacuess in Mindanao

A photo captured sometime in 2003 in Pikit, North Cotabato showing the sad situation of the war evacuees in that place. Together with some concerned allies for peace, we went to the place to check on their condition.

Then and now, Mindanao's war zones have been the site of violence launched by previous administrations of this country after the peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front failed in the past.

The 2016 President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has vowed to bring peace to Mindanao. In Sha Allah.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The TRue WorTh of a MaN..

✎ "He is rich or poor according to what HE IS and not according to what HE HAS."--Beecher

If you think that a poor man is someone whose pocket is empty, then think again.

A poor man is someone whose soul is lost and whose sense of compassion has diminished.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

War in Mindanao is anti-women

The war in Mindanao is anti-women for it is anti-development.

As an advocate of woman empowerment, it is my personal opinion that wars in my home province stifle the chance of many Bangsamoro women to develop themselves personally, professionally and culturally.

To be tied with the culture of war, there is no hope for my fellow Muslim women to achieve a well-balanced life. 

They do not deserve to live and die for war. They have the basic rights to live in a decent, peaceful and supportive environment.

War is not an option for me. Exhausting all means for peace is the best solution to solving the conflict in Mindanao. 

Development will be a mere lip service if war pushes through.
The efforts of the present government to ink peace with the MILF should be a welcomed development. 

If met with a repressive culture of common bias against the Muslims, the peace talks will never prosper. 

The point is, working for peace is not the job of the Office of the President alone but the responsibility of all sectors.

Who wants the peace talks between the government and the MILF to succeed? Is it only the Office of the President? 

How about the other sectors in the government? These are important questions.

If you think that you have no place in this peace talks just because you are not directly affected, then you are WRONG. Everyone has a stake in this. We are all connected by history and race.

The government budget is consumed by sustaining the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Mindanao because of the unending war. 

It is disheartening to watch fellow Filipinos fighting each other when in fact there are foreign enemies lurking above our heads. 

The government needs to ink a peace agreement with the MILF to stop the infighting so that both sectors can move on to another high-level task---to develop Mindanao.

If the government fails to ink peace agreement with the present members of the MILF core group, then they will be wasting time and previous efforts. 

People aged and soon nature will take its course. If the core members will not be physically capable of pursuing the talks owing to their aging bodies and minds, then a NEW GENERATION OF FIGHTERS will come in.
Youth spells passion and bloody activism. Let us pray they have the peaceful inclination to continue what their predecessors have left behind.

Although I could not help it but feel impatient with the unresolved peace talks between the government and the MILF, since the time I have been covering it as a community editor and now as a blogger, it is still best to welcome the talks with optimism even if certain developments say otherwise.

The Almighty Allah (SWT) will always help all efforts for peace.

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