Sunday, June 03, 2007


"What distinguishes a Mindanaoan blogger from other Filipino bloggers?"

The question came from newfound blogging buddy Migs as some of us local bloggers met at Karl's Koffee Korner in SM City Davao this afternoon. So there we were, six of us -- Blogie, Migs, Marc, Andrew, and Ria, and me -- milking that little corner of Karl's for all the overpriced coffee was worth. We were bouncing around ideas about blogging culture.

And that's when Migs threw the ball at us.

(Thanks to Marc for the photo.)

For some reason, the answer came easily enough.

Mindanaoans -- whether from Davao, Cotabato, Zamboanga, Bukidnon, Agusan, or elsewhere -- have some sense of identity of being Mindanaoan. We recognize that we come from our own little towns and cities, and we have our loyalties there. But we also recognize that we are part of a bigger idea, never mind the occasional agreement in direction. That idea is Mindanao.

In contrast, this idea is practically nonexistent among Visayans and Luzonians.

I have never heard anyone from the Visayas say that he was Visayan, except perhaps in relation to the language that he speaks. One is Cebuano, Boholano, DumagueteƱo, Ilonggo, or Waray. But not Visayan.

Much less have I heard of people from Luzon refer to themselves as Luzonians. (I was not even sure that such a word was correct.)

And people from Metro Manila? Well, ManileƱos think that the Philippines is Manila and vice versa. 'Nuff said.

Agree? Disagree? Why or why not?

No analysis for now, just an observation I thought I'd note lest I forget. Certainly a topic ripe for exploration.