Who Is The First Hero in Davao?

Who Is The First Hero in Davao? Spanish influence was hardly felt in the Davao until 1848, when an expedition of 70 men and women led by Don Jose Cruz de Uyanguren, a native of Vergara, Guipuzcoa, Spain, came to establish a Christian settlement in an area of mangrove swamps that is now Bolton Riverside. Davao was then ruled by a chieftain, Datu Bago, was the first hero in Davao who held his settlement at the banks of Davao River (once called Tagloc River by the Bagobos). The chieftain was…

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Brief History of Davao City

Brief History of Davao City Local historians claim that the word davao came from the phonetic blending of the word of three Bagobo subgroups when referring to Davao River, an essential waterway which empties itself into Davao Gulf near the city. The aboriginal Obos who inhabit the hinterlands of the region called the river, Davoh; the Clatta or Guiangans called it Duhwow, or Davau, and the Tagabawa Bagobos, Dabu. To the Obos, the word davoh also means a place “beyond the high grounds”, alluding to the settlements located at the…

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Everything You Need To Know About Durian in Davao City?

Meet the durian The durian’s distinctive smell is reflected by an equally odd appearance. Durian are spiky green cannonballs; their barbs, duri in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, give the fruit its name. The largest weigh up to 3kg, as heavy as a bowling ball. And for many, a bowling ball sounds altogether easier to digest than this polarising fruit, often described with a euphemistic ‘it’s an acquired taste’. The prickly greenish skin encloses seeds wrapped in sticky yellow flesh. This edible pulp ranges from butter-soft and creamy to amber-coloured and stringy.…

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What is Homosexuality?

What is Homosexuality? Homosexuality is one of the 21st century’s hot topics. The issue of gay marriage is being debated around the world. Strangely however many people do not understand what the word homosexuality means nor do they understand what Islam says about the issue. In this article we will define the term, look at scientific evidences related to homosexuality, discuss the view of other religious groups and finally see just what Islam says about the issue. Homosexuality is the manifestation of sexual desire toward a member of one’s own sex or the…

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Women In Islam: Oppression or Liberation?

Women In Islam: Oppression or Liberation? For centuries, Muslim women in all corners of the world have been aware of the liberation that is achieved by adhering to the concept of hijab.  Current world events have once again brought the issue of women’s liberation in Islam to the forefront of people’s minds. Can a Woman Who Adheres to Hijab Be Liberated? Can a religion that considers morality to be a part of faith clearly define the equality of men and women and their rights and responsibilities?  The answer is a resounding…

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Let There Be No Compulsion In Religion

Let There Be No Compulsion In Religion One of the fundamental truths established by the sacred texts is that no one can be compelled to accept Islam.  It is the duty of Muslims to establish the proof of Islam to the people so that truth can be made clear from falsehood.  After that, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so and whoever wishes to continue upon unbelief may do so.  No one should be threatened or harmed in any way if he does not wish to accept Islam. Among…

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Why Muslim Women Wearing Veil?

Why Muslim Women Wearing Veil? In recent years, a small piece of cloth has managed to cause quite a stir.  The scarf or hijab that Muslim women wear on their heads is making headlines around the world.  Hijab is banned in French public schools and other European countries have adopted, or are drafting similar legislation.  In Australia, a radio presenter triggered both debate and outrage when he called for the face veil (niqab) to be banned from banks and post offices.  Even predominantly Muslim countries such as Turkey and Tunisia ban the hijab…

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Do All Muslim Represent Islam? (Part 2)

Do All Muslim Represent Islam? (Part 2) Trying to convince people that Muslims are not terrorists, or that Muslim women are not oppressed, or that not all Muslims represent Islam is becoming increasingly difficult.  A Muslim man with a bushy beard is presumed to be planning an attack – on something.  If a Muslim woman chooses to dress modestly it is taken for granted that she was forced to wear such clothing.  Although one can hardly pick up a newspaper or watch the news without hearing something about Islam or…

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Do All Muslims Represent Islam?

Do All Muslims Represent Islam? Islam and the followers of Islam, Muslims, are very prominent in the media nowadays.  Around the world debates rage about various Islamic topics or topics that invariably involve Muslims.  Almost continuous media exposure means that there is hardly a person left in the world that has not read or seen something about Islam or Muslims, or both.  In addition, most people have an opinion.  Many base their opinions on misconceptions or misunderstandings about Islam.  Many base their opinions on the actions or words of people…

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What Does Islam Say About Terrorism?

What Does Islam Say About Terrorism? Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism.  In the Quran, God has said: “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes.  God loves just dealers.” (Quran 60:8) The Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, used to prohibit soldiers from killing women and children, Saheeh Muslim, #1744, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #3015. and he would advise them: “…Do not…

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