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eMindanao is a partnership born of the need to link together universities in Hawaii and Mindanao to share resources in the pursuit of forging understanding and peace in the southern Philippines.  Envisioned to bridge the many cultures of the Philippines separated by geography, religion, and ideology, eMindanao strives to be a premier space of learning and conversation on Mindanao.  eMindanao also serves as a forum of exchange and dialogue on the conflict and attendant peace process featuring information on the history and contemporary events on the region revealed in digital resources, such as news, scholarly articles, books, images, and other materials on the internet. The consortium consists of five partner universities operating individually and jointly. Its base is located at the Center for Philippine Studies (CPS), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This much we do in the name of bridging cultures and promoting peace.

Photo Credits: Above – Three Maranao Datus (Sultan of Bayang, Sultan of Oato, and Datu of Oato – Camp Vicars , Library of Congress Archives, John J. Pershing  Collection);  Below –Manobo woman. Courtesy of Dave (www.thelongestwayhome.com).


Peace agreement at last!

HONOLULU: March 28, 2014. After 17 years of long, contentious peace talks, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have signed the Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro in Malacanang before officials and invited guests. Among those witnessing the historic event are Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, officials of the two panels Miriam Coronel Ferrer, OPAPP Ging Deles, Al Hadj Murad Ibrahim, Mohagher Iqbal, including Malaysian facilitator Ab Ghafar Mohamed, and Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, among others. Also present are foreign dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Germany, Turkey, the United Nations, and local officials.

This event is historic because President Aquino has accomplished what his mother and former Philippine president Cory Aquino had failed to do. In 1987 Cory sued for peace and brought back Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front, MILF’s rival, to the negotiating table but turned up nothing after months of futile discussion. Read post…