Jan 13 2008
Bud Daho and the Grand Tulay Mosque in Sulu
For Sale Framed Photos of Tulay Mosque and Bud Daho in Sulu.
Jan 06 2008
Photo: Beauty Of Misamis Occidental In Southern Philippines
Ozamiz is a 2nd class city in the province of Misamis Occidental in southern Philippines. Its population, according to the 2000 census, is about 110,420 people.
The city of Ozamiz is named after José F. Ozámiz who served as governor, congressional representative, and later, the first (and to date, the only) senator from the province. Prior to this, the city was known as Misamis. Ozamiz is officially spelled with a «Z» in its last letter and NOT with an «S». This can be seen in its official city seal.
Some of the city’s notable attractions are the following:
* Cotta Fort and Cotta Shrine — The Cotta Fort was renovated and restored to its original design in 2006 through the effort of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.
It has become a major tourist attraction in the city. The feast of ‘Our Lady of Triumph’ at Cotta Shrine is celebrated every July 16 which is also the Charter City anniversary. The Cotta entertainment area has free live band concerts and other musical variety shows each weekend. Fireworks display’s are held at Cotta during Fiesta and holidays. It can be seen across Panguil bay as far as Lanao del Norte.
* Bukagan Hill — has a view of the city, Panguil bay, Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. Moreover, the ancient bells can be seen atop Bukagan hill. Bukagan hill will be developed into a tourist attraction due to its historical value and view of the city.
* Naomi’s Botanical Garden and Inn
* Mt. Malindang Golf and country Club — located in Bagakay.
* Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park — located in Libertad Bajo, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. * Pipe organ at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral — this is one of the few pipe organs in the country.
And Ozamis is noted for its many infrastructure projects, such as the:
* Panguil Bay bridge — this will connect Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte provinces. The bridge will cut short the travel time between the two provinces.
At present, The Daima shipping lines connect the two provinces using their Roll on Roll off vessels crossing Panguil Bay. This is one of the priority national projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for 2007. Target of completion is 2010.
* Ozamiz coastal road — Its construction has already started. The boulevard/coastal road will traverse four barangays from Malaubang to the city proper. * Ozamiz city public market — Construction has already started for a two storey modern public market.
* Ozamiz Airport — extension and expansion of the runway, construction of a passenger arrival building, perimeter fencing and drainage system to start on the last quarter of 2007.
* Misamis Occidental Special Economic Zone (MOSEZ) — A house bill creating MOSEZ will be filed at the House of Representatives by Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro in 2007. Target sites include Ozamiz and Tangub cities wherein each local government unit will set aside 100 hectares of land to be converted into industrial zones.
Factors that will make MOSEZ attainable include the newly expanded Ozamiz city airport, the P200 million expanded seaport, complete electrical and water facilities to be provided by Misamis Occidental Electric Cooperative Inc. (MOELCI-II) and Misamis Occidental Water District (MOWD) respectively, Ozamiz coastal road and reclamation area, manpower resources and the soon to be constructed Panguil Bay bridge.
While the photo below is taken in Oroquieta, also in Misamis Occidental and is the provincial capital. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 59,843 people in 12,417 households.
Oroquieta was briefly the war-time capital of the Philippines during World War II, though it was not yet classified as a city at the time. President Manuel L. Quezon, on his way to the United States via Australia, arrived in Oroquieta and set up the war-capital government before he was picked up by USAFFE and Commonwealth officials and departed by submarine to Australia.
Jan 05 2008
Photo: Silt Houses In Southern Philippines
Houses sit on silt off the southern Philippine island of Basilan. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jan 04 2008
Photo: Sky Over Zamboanga
Sun is partially covered by clouds over Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, Saturday, Jan. 05, 2008. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jan 03 2008
Photo: Philippine Army Headquarters
The Philippine Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio in Makati City. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jan 02 2008
Photo: Basilan Mosque
A fisherman paddles past a mosque in Isabela City in the southern Filipino island of Basilan. The island’s early settlers were the Orang Dampuans originating from the islands of Eastern Indonesia, said to be the ancestors of the Yakan (tribe). The Yakans, inhabited the Sulu Archipelago before the Muslims from Sumatra and Borneo gained control of the area in the 14th century. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jan 02 2008
Photo: Philippines’ Badjao
A group of Badjao children wait for ferry passengers to toss coins into the sea off Basilan island in the southern Philippines. Badjao is also known as the «sea gypsies» of the South. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jan 02 2008
Photo: Philippine Soldiers
Filipino soldiers run during an exercise inside a military base in Manila as a military police looks on. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Dec 28 2007
The Mindanao Examiner Photo: Famed Mexican Director Gustavo Loza
«Al Otro Lado» director Gustavo Loza poses for the Mindanao Examiner during a week-long workshop on film making attended by more than 40 directors, film makers and cinematographers in Manila. The workshop is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico and Mowelfund Film Institute (MFI) with support from the President’s Social Fund (PSF).
The film workshop tackled all the processes in creating a movie – from the origin of an idea, its transformation into a film script, its projection on the big screen and other processes involved when directing a film.
Considered as one of the exciting new directors in Mexico, Loza has several films to his credit. Loza’s latest film, “Al otro lado” (To The Other Side), is about the interspersed lives of three children – a Mexican, Moroccan and Cuban – whose fathers have left them to venture in other lands. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Dec 28 2007
The Mindanao Examiner Photo: The Cigar Vendor
An old cigar vendor sleeps on a roadside in Manila’s Quiapo District. Manila’s traffic is one of the worst in Asia, especially during the Christmas holiday. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Dec 26 2007
The Mindanao Examiner Photo: Child Abuse In Southern Philippines
A Filipino girl hits her brother after the child refuses to go with her to beg for alms in the busy streets of Basilan province on Wednesday, December 26, 2007.
Many beggars used children as front to beg for money and food in the Philippines and many have been exploited and become victims of abuses by their own family. The World Bank says child labor is one of the major concerns confronting many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
There are 36.3 million Filipinos who are 19 years old and below (NSO 2000). In excess of a million and a half children are estimated to live on the streets, begging for food and often engaging in criminal activity.
More than three and a half million children from 5 to 17 years old work under often-grueling conditions, in spite of legislation outlawing child labor.
A survey of the Department of Social Welfare and Development shows a sudden increase in their number of clients probably as a result of increased recognition and reporting in the community.
The children in this survey were victims of physical abuse, neglect, with majority reporting sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, reports say. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Dec 02 2007
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Aug 01 2007
Hunt For Moro Rebels Continue In Southern Philippines
Policemen hunt Moro rebels tagged as behind the beheading of ten of 14 Marines in the southern Filipino island of Basilan. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
BASILAN ISLAND, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 01 Aug) – Police searched on Wednesday for Moro rebels suspected of beheading ten of 14 marines in the southern Filipino island of Basilan.
The island’s police chief, Senior Superintendent Salik Macapantar, said they are monitoring possible hideouts of the rebels after failing to arrest them Tuesday.
Police filed murder charges against 130 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Abu Sayyaf militants tagged in the beheading of the soldiers.
Some 300 heavily armed policemen, backed by armored troop transport with mounted machine guns, searched in remote villages in Al-Barka town Tuesday to serve the arrest warrants against the rebels, but the suspects were gone along with all the residents.
«We are conducting intelligence operations. We will look for them in all corners of Basilan,» Macapantar said told the Mindanao Examiner.
He added that some of the suspects might have left Basilan while others were given sanctuary by their relatives.
The MILF, which is negotiating peace with the Arroyo government, denied beheading the soldiers and called for an international human rights group to investigate the incident.
The fighting erupted after some 100 soldiers entered an MILF territory in search for a kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi after military intelligence reports said the clergy was being held by rogue MILF rebels.
The reports turned out to be false because Bossi was freed by rebels July 19 in Lanao del Norte province in Mindanao island. The priest said he was never brought to Basilan, but stayed most of his captivity in the town called Karomatan.
Philippine military chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon has demanded the MILF to surrender those involved in the killing and return the weapons it seized, but the MILF was defiant and said it would not yield any of its fighters.
Mohagher Iqbal, chief MILF peace negotiator, said the fighting was a legitimate encounter and warned any attack on the rebel group could escalate and may hurt the seven year old peace talks.
Filipino acting Defense chief Norberto Gonzales has threatened to launch punitive actions against the MILF in Basilan if they do not surrender the rebels behind the murder.
The MILF is the country’s largest Muslim rebel group fighting the past three decades for a separate homeland in the restive southern region of Mindanao. (Mark Navales)
Jul 25 2007
Photo: A Man Peddles Exotic Durian In Zamboanga City
An unidentified man peddles his durian along R.T. Lim Blvd. in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. This larger-than-life fruit of the Malaysian tree can weigh up to 10 pounds, has a brownish-green, semi-hard shell covered with thick spikes, and is slightly larger than a football. To all but its Southeast Asian fans, the durian has a nauseating smell, a truth attested to by the fact that it’s been outlawed by many airlines ans hotels. The creamy, slightly sweet flesh, however, has an exquisitely rich, custard-like texture. Fresh durian can also be frozen, canned and preserved. It is considered as an aphrodisiac in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jul 08 2007
Photo: When Protagonists Work Together For Peace…
Members of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front Coordinationg Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities and the Malaysia-led International Monitoring Team donate school bags and supplies to students of the Rangeban Elementary School in Midsayap town in North Cotabato province on Saturday, July 7, 2007. Shown in the photo are MILF Secretariat Rashid Ladiasan, GRP-CCCH chief Brigadier General Edgardo Gurrea and the coordinator of Mindanao Peace Program of Malaysia, Isheia Abubakar and Maj. Gen. Dato Md Ismael Bin Ahmad Khan, head of the IMT. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service/Mark Navales)
Jul 02 2007
Photo: Two Filipino Boys Swim In Dirty Flood Water In Jolo Island
Two Filipino boys swim in dirty flooded street in Jolo island in the southern Philippines. New Sulu Governor Sakur Tan vows to fight poverty and promote security and peace on the island-province, one of five that comprises the Muslim autonomous region. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jun 27 2007
Photo: Scenes At The Zamboanga International Airport
A Filipino policeman stands guard as two boys look Thursday, June 28, 2007 at photographs of wanted leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group and Indonesian terror network Jemaah Islamiya and a poster of an IED, wired to a cellular phone to trigger detonation, to inform the public of what a probable homemade bomb looks like outside the Zamboanga International Airport. The Philippine military is to launch fresh offensive against the Abu Sayyaf, now headed by a news chieftain Yasser Igasan, and Jemaah Islamiya in Jolo island, where two Indonesian bombers — Dulmatin and Umar Patek — are believed to be hiding. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Jun 16 2007
Photo: Pinoy Showbiz Scandal
A copy of a purported photo of two Filipino showbiz personalities, divorced John Estrada, a native of Basilan island, and a married commercial model Gretchen Baretto, proliferating in the Internet. The photo is allegedly taken from the man’s cellphone during the birthday party of actress Ruffa Mae Quinto in Manila. (Photo enhanced, edited by the Mindanao Examiner)
Jun 04 2007
Photo: Philippine Troop In Jolo Island
A Philippine soldier holds his machine gun as he rests under a house in the island of Jolo in the Sulu Archipelago, where security forces are pursuing members of the terror group Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya militants. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
May 29 2007
Photo: Mangrove Used As Firewood
A village store in Jolo island sells mangrove. Illegal cutting of mangrove in the southern Philippine island of Jolo (top photo) in Sulu Archipelago and Zamboanga City in Mindanao continues unabatedly and authorities do nothing to stop the locals from destroying the marine habitat of many animals and fishers. The wood is used as firewood and sells five pesos ($0.10) a bundle. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
May 26 2007
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May 12 2007
Photo: Philippine Navy Officer Antonio Trillanes IV
A picture of a detained coup leader, navy officer, Antonio Trillanes IVis displayed inside a tightly guarded Philippine Air Force base in Zamboanga City. Trillanes is running for senator in May 14 elections with politicians opposed to President Gloria Arroyo’s rule. Trillanes is one of many military officers accused of trying to oust Arroyo during the so-called Oakwood mutiny on July 27, 2003. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
May 02 2007
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May 01 2007
Photo: Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighter
A Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel guards an outpost in the southern Philippines. The Philippines is currently negotiating peace with the MILF, now the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. The MILF is fighting for a separate Islamic state in the restive, but mineral-rich Mindanao region. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Apr 26 2007
Photo: U.S. Troops In Southern Philippines
A US soldier mans his machine gun as his unit returns to a Philippine Army base Thursday 26 Apr 2007 in the southern Jolo island, where Filipino troops are battling Moro National Liberation Front rebels and Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya militants tied to al-Qaeda terror network. Washington is helping the Philippine military fight terrorism. Hundreds of US soldiers are deployed in the troubled southern region. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Apr 10 2007
Photo: Dangerous Jobs
Two men — one sitting on a reserved wheel of a passenger jeep and the other standing on the rear of a delivery truck — make their living out of these dangerous jobs in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
Mar 22 2007
Photo: At The Zamboanga International Airport
More and more readers are switching to the Mindanao Examiner. Even these passengers at the Zamboanga International Airport read the Mindanao Examiner while waiting for their flight. (Photos by Mark Tia)
Mar 22 2007
A Bio-Documentary Film on the Sultan of Sulu
Trailers of the documentary film «Sultan»…A Mindanao Examiner Production…A film by Monad Studios…Five months in the making across the southern Philippines…
Mar 03 2007
Photo: Sulu Provincial Capitol Building
The beautiful architecture of the Sulu Provincial Capitol Building is an awe to many visitors in the exotic Jolo island in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)