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Mindanao, the third major island group in the Philippines, strikes most of us as a culturally diverse region—along with many Muslims and Christians, its population is also made up of many local ethnic groups. This cultural diversity, in as much as it accounts for Mindanao’s uniqueness, has also been the root of the ongoing war which is taking its toll mostly in the regions of Sulu, Jolo, and some parts of Cotabato.

Of Women and Wealth

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Three hundred and thirty three years of Hispanic rule have drastically transformed the Philippines from a society that used to offer equal opportunities for women to a strongly patriarchal one.  Before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines, women were pretty much allowed to do what traditional patriarchal societies have boxed up as “man’s work.”  In short, women could become heads of their families or villages, they could earn properties like land and cattle, and if they were born into a ruling a family, they didn’t need to get married to succeed their parents’ throne.