Sidebar: Looking back on Jolo

“The status of Jolo today is far different from her past status. Centuries ago, Jolo was a city, the first city in the Philippine archipelago and one of the commercial centers of the Malaysian islands, but today it is only a town and its commercial horizon does not go beyond the Philippine archipelago. The Sulu’s life-and-death struggle against Western imperialism and colonialism for more than three centuries has resulted in nothing but the transformation of their rich and cherished city into a poor town.” – Clemencio Montecillo Bascar, in his 2003 book “Sultanate of Sulu: The Unconquered Kingdom” (page 29) quotes author Asiri J. Abubakar.


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