An exceptional read.
Mindanao, despite what media makes it to look like, is far from it. Therese Ty especially identifies that this.
Reading this, if you are Filipino, though not from Mindanao, you may understand something similar from your own perspective since we are also a nation of diversity.
We should be proud of our heritage, our diversity but more importantly, of each other. Mindanaoans are no exception.
I too recall quite laughable the reactions of people to whom I’ve told that I grew up in Zamboanga City. This is an exceptional read indeed. Thanks for this, Therese Ty. Good luck!
By Anne Therese Ty, Essay writing finalist
This is the question I always get from my acquaintances here in Manila whenever I tell them that I come from Mindanao. Some people ask this question in an offensive tone, others, in a genuinely curious tone. My reaction depends on the tone used by people to ask me the question, but one thing is constant, and that is, I see to it to keep my cool when answering the question. That, is the first step, to showing that Mindanao is not the conflict-ridden place that the headlines seem it to be.
Answering that question aggressively, even when it is asked to you in a merely curious manner, would just defeat the purpose of proving that Mindanao is not what the headlines make it to be. It is understandable for us Mindanaons, to feel frustration whenever that question is posed to us. Wanting…
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