Wars, weddings and horse fights in Mindanao November 15th 2008 "Don't go to Mindanao. It's not safe" - Almost every Filipino we asked about the place before we went.
"Of course it's safe! The extremists only kidnap people if they're worth kidnapping, like foreign journalists diplomats." - Bruno, French restaurant owner in Coron Town, Busuanga island, Calamian group.
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Asia » Philippines » Mindanao The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected President and was ta... ... read more
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