“There is only one Mindanao”.
We don’t have a Mindanao with two faces.
But the “one face” is scarred in some parts, ruined in another, healing in most parts, and mostly growing.”
I got into this reflection over the weekend when asked in an informal forum on whether there are two Mindanaos.
I said there is only one Mindanao. I compared it to the human anatomy.
Maybe the whole body is OK. But there are some parts that are injured –and the pain shows in the face of Mindanao, as others might see as the image of Mindanao.
Yes, we have to recognize that Mindanao has 27 provinces and 33 cities. Each province and city has distinct history, culture, plans, circumstances, and challenges.
But since these provinces and cities belong to one homeland or heart land, there are dynamics that occur in each locality that affects the others. The growth or pain in one, could be felt in another.
The way to heal the ailing part is not to cut it or to conceal it or just to forget about it.
There is not just one solution. There could be many ways to approach it. But it has to be cured using direct and indirect means. There has to be a constant search to find these means.