Weekends are usually resting days for most of us, but in the mornings in Zamboanga del Sur that is the time when one could easily notice groups of girls in hijab, sometimes with their mothers, walking not to frolic but to go school. The madrasah in Zamboanga del Sur is a not-for-profit learning center for anyone (yes, even for non-muslims) to learn arabic. Many of the children who study here are from farming families in nearby communities. Noticeable is that many of the students are girls.
Madrasah In Zamboanga
Harvest time in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur involves the family and relatives. They sell their harvest so they could buy rice and other necessities, they said.
A woman selling fruits along the highway in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
Woman drying fish to sell in the market at the beach in Zamboanga del Sur
This family of Samal ethnicity originated from Sulu. Because of the ongoing war in their native home, they transferred to Pagadian where they set up their home along the shore line of Moro Bay, only to be razed down by fire. Rumors say that it was to get rid of the squatters, who among them are Badjaos, to make way for the construction of a boulevard. Where fishing as their main source of livelihood, they found the beach side of Tukuran as their new home. 31 August 2015.
A young Dumagat mother with her children at a beach in Gen. Nakar, Quezon Province as her tribe gathered to celebrate an annual festival.
The weather did not permit us to go to a sacred cave where the ritual was supposed to be performed. So instead they set up a camp along the beach where they also cooked food and pitched tents to rest. I noticed this young mother carrying a baby while other small children, about 4 more, clinging to her dress. I asked to take their photograph. I asked how young she is and the ages of her children. She said she does not know or when exactly her baby and the rest of her children were born.
The concept of time seems to be very abstract to her. And I realised this when I went to Leyte and encountered the Badjaos. They also seem to have no concept of time beyond the present.