taken during our visit to New Manila

 Nelson Singson Dino, Founding Chair, Youth Innovative Leaders for Development (Y-I-LEAD)


It was a great pleasure to meet the great Bangsamoro Leaders and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Professor Dr. Nurullaji Pining Misuari in his house in New Manila, 6th Street, # 27, Quezon City, Philippines where he is put in house arrest transferred from Laguna after his medical treatment. he was granted a 3 day open house to allow people to visit him without seeking permit from the government for the celebration of Eidl Fitri Almubarak last October 23-25, 2006.  

It was my first time to see and talk to him in person for many years of his existence as leader of the Bangsamoro. For me he had already reached and achieved the status of being one of the great leaders of the world.

His statement struck me when he said ” by my detention all Bangsamoro are detained including those still in the womb of their mothers”. It gives me strength to work for peace. I also felt  and realized that I am included in the detention.

I am very optimistic that conflicts in  Mindanao will be solved, because according to him (Misuari) being optimistic is a praying- praying that war will end one of these days in Mindanao.

I am already tired of war in Mindanao, particularly in Sulu, as I usually called my self the “child of war sufferer”. After the 1974 burning of Jolo my parents migrated to Sabah to find sanctuary that they can live peacefully. Their experiences in war challenged me to finish my study. Because of war my father did not able to finish his schooling. If he happened to finish his study he will have a stable job to sustain my study and I might not suffer during my study in terms of expenses and other matters. So much for that I am still very thankful. My father was an MNLF combatant, his father said to him ” Mag-uno pa kaw mag iskul sin yari kita nagbabaugbug sin HULAH, BANGSA IBAN AGAMA” (for what you are going to school even we are here to defen our LAND, PEOPLE and RELIGION) by this statement my father joined MNLF and stop schooling.

Maas (Nur Misuari) started the revolution not because of his personal interest but for the interest of the people of today and tomorrow.He don’t want to let the people to feel the pain and suffer for a lifetime. He is thinking the children after him that might experience another suffering from colonization and aggression.

Maas said infront us ” I am willing to die anytime and anywhere for I had laid the ideas of national liberation, self determination and decolonization that the young generation after me may continue “.   

Despite of his experience in leading the war he is not encouraging the youth to make war as he said with a low tone voice ” I am a man of peace I don’t want anybody to experience the suffering of the/from past to be repeated”, “I don’t encourage you to go to war to experience the pain”. As it is understood he is promoting the non-violent act of protest.

This coming December 2-3, 2006, he will be attending meeting per invitation of OIC in Jeddah. Hopefully the government will allow him to go for the sake of lasting and sustainable peace in Mindanao. Inshallah!   


Neldy Jolo   



Hello world!


A Love StoryHe met her on a party. She was so
outstanding, many guys chasing after her, while he so normal,
nobody paid attention to him.

At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him,
she was surprised, but due to being polite, she promised. They sat in a
nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, she felt
she thought, please, let me go home…. suddenly he asked the waiter.
“would you
please give me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee.”

Everybody stared at him, so strange! His face turned red, but
still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it.

She asked him curiously; why you have this hobby?
He replied: “whenI was a little boy, I was living near the sea, I like
playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea, just like the
taste of the salty coffee.

Now every time I have the salty coffee, I always think of my childhood,
of my hometown, I miss my hometown so much, I miss my parents who are
still living there”. While saying that tears filled his eyes. She was

That’s his true feeling, from the bottom of his heart. A man who can
tell out
his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home,
has responsibility of home.

Then she also started to speak, spoke about her faraway hometown,
her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk, also a
beautiful beginning
of their story.

They continued to date. She found that actually he was a man who meets
all her
demands; he had tolerance, was kind hearted, warm, careful. He was such
a good
person but she almost missed him! Thanks to his salty coffee!

Then the story was just like every beautiful love story , the princess
to the prince, then they were living the happy life… And, every time
she made coffee for him, she put some salt in the coffee e, as she
knew that’s the way he liked it.

After 40 years, he passed away, left her a letter which said:

“My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life lie.
This was the only lie I said to you—the salty coffee.

Remember the first time we dated? I was so nervous at that time,
actually I wanted some sugar, but I said salt. It was hard for me to
so I just went ahead.I never thought that could be the start of our
communication! I tried to tell you the truth many times in my life,
but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you

Now I’m dying, I afraid of nothing so I tell you the truth:
I don’t like the salty coffee, what a strange bad taste..
But I have had the salty coffee for my whole life!

Since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you.
” Having you with me is my biggest happiness for my whole life. If
I can live for the second time, still want to know you and have you
for my whole life,even though I have to drink the salty coffee again”.

Her tears made the letter totally wet.Someday, someone asked her:
what’s the taste of salty coffee?
It’s sweet. She replied.

Love is not 2 forget but 2 forgive,
not 2 c but 2 understand,
not 2 hear but 2 listen,
not 2 let go but 2 HOLD ON !!!!

Don’t ever leave the one you love for the one you like,
because the one you like will leave you for the one they love.
Tonight your true love will realize how much they
love you between 1 and 4 in the morning.

Tomorrow the shock of your life will occur. If you break the chain you
will have bad luck for 10 yrs if you don’t pass this on to 15 people
in 15 mins including the one from whom you got this..

  For KYU:

Forget the things that make youu sad ….
Remember the things that make you Glad