A young British – Mindanaon
Born and raised in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Migrated to the United Kingdom at seventeen.
Hence, I say British – Mindanaon.
The colonial and migration history of my homeland
Reflects the lineage of my family.
My maternal grandfather was Spanish – Black American
Whilst my paternal grandmother was mixed Chinese – Maranao – Iranun.
I was raised in a multicultural setting.
My ancestral house was situated in the middle
Of Bacolod, where majority of the residents were Muslims
And Magsaysay, a predominantly Catholic community.
I spent ten years of my life in a Catholic school
Where they utilised an American Curriculum
Whilst imparting Filipino values through Araling Panlipunan
And the emulation of Filipino heroes.
For the sake of convenience.
I am could be a Christian or a Muslim.
An unconquered Moro.
A reluctant Filipino.
But undoubtedly Mindanaon.
With so much love.
For the embattled country.
Colonised by Spain and America.