Defenders of Mangima Canyon

This coming month of May will be the 80th Anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Northern Mindanao and subsequent surrender on May 10, 1942 of the United States Army Forces Far East Mindanao Force in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

It is sad how eight decades later, little is remembered of the sacrifice of the Filipino and American soldiers who gave the Imperial Japanese Army a good fight despite the enormous odds stacked against them.… Continue reading... “Defenders of Mangima Canyon”

A Kingdom for a Pearl: The Tale of the Lost Nautilus Pearl of Sulu

Natural pearls have been prized for their beauty and rarity for over four millennia.

Oriental Pearls (also called Bahraini or Genuine Pearls), are the world’s most precious gem and continue to break world record prices in both the Middle-east and in the west.

Natural gulf pearls are among the finest in the world and are still found today in the many countries that surround the gulf such as the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. … Continue reading... “A Kingdom for a Pearl: The Tale of the Lost Nautilus Pearl of Sulu”

There and back again: How the Sultan of Sulu saved Borneo’s elephants from extinction

While the Philippines does not have an endemic breed of elephant today, the ones now existing in the Indonesia portion of Borneo apparently owe their survival to some elephants earlier gifted to the Sultan of Sulu but which he later sent to North Borneo (Sabah) which it as still under the dominion of the Sultanate.… Continue reading... “There and back again: How the Sultan of Sulu saved Borneo’s elephants from extinction”