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2nd Quarter 2000

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Paths, artwork by Angel Cabigao
This issue brings you forceful poetry for the soul from Mindanao writers.

Mindanao is Bleeding
Statements of Peace

Unleashing the Dogs of War
by Said Sadain, Jr.

The Abuja Islamic Education Trust
Islam Through E-Mail

What is Shariah?

written by
Raul Moldez
Rene Bernales


written by
Fr. Eliseo Mercado, Jr.
Mehol Sadain
Said Sadain, Jr.

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Growth Mindanao
The other faces of Mindanao

Manila Moods Online
Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, a Saudi-American journalist goes online with his Arab News column on everything Filipino

Virtual Bugs
Explore the world of bugs, the ones that actually bite

Innovative Ideas Design
Angel's artworks grace this issue. Visit her site too.

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The vanity of life
by Rene Bernales

Out of the brightness his mind expresses,
The darkness within him, his soul caresses,
Refusing to heed the call, he hides
In between sin and guilt , in time he bides.

Saying, tomorrow, renew I will,
Shall leave this old and rotten prison cell,
Decayed by years of utter lie
And pains of life, of days gone by.

Tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
It does not stop, it does not pause,
When He who gave will sound the call,
What have to say this hapless soul?

Wrapped in linen the wayfarer,
Beneath the earth in deep slumber,
Riches and fame are all up here,
Not for the one who sleeps down there.

So listen now to the wisdom I'll say,
And take heed of lessons these lines convey,
The vanity of life, of riches and fame,
When God isn't there, they end up in shame.


More poetry by Rene Bernales in this issue

Of love & remembrance

A revolutionary recounts the errored past


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