This blog tells the story of living in the Southern part of the Philippines, specifically here in Sox, short for SoCCSKSarGen Region, with me–Ayel–as the storyteller. The purpose is simply to show what the mainstream media isn’t telling outsiders. For many years, we have been living in the shadows of the names, “Mindanao” and “Cotabato,” which almost automatically stimulates the fear hormones of the ignorant. Not that we want to veer away from our Mindanao and Cotabato identity, it’s just that the media wouldn’t grow up from making generalized and sensationalized reports and the just refuse to learn geography.

My stories are just tiny glimpses of what life really looks like here in the South. With stories from other bloggers like me, we can put together a wholesome, truthful, and unadulterated narrative of our region.