Understanding ancestral domain
The so-called “Ancestral Domain” is indeed misleading for Neo-Filipinos. Our ancestors were people of the same genetic origin … a Melenesian/Polynesian-Malayan breed. Chaos started when religious imports; e.g. Islam and Christianity … started to dominate those peace-loving ancestors. It divided those indigenous islanders … brain-washed with imported ambiguous religious dogmas fitted with classical and rigorous religious anathema.
The naked reality is … without the above factor … people from Batanes down to Tawi Tawi have the equal rights for ”Ancestral Domain” of the entire island chain.
Going back to the most forgotten and neglected past of Southern Philippines, Mindanao historical facts should be rehabilitated and brought forward to the attention of our generation and to clip the reality to the proper sphere on understanding.
The supposed indigenous inhabitants of the second largest island of the nation were most likely the sea fearing Melanesians and Polynesians roaming in several Pacific islands and settled down for good as they saw the opportunities of living in an unrestricted atmosphere.
Indeed, they should have originated in different island tribes as shown on their cultural heritage up to the present days. The most prevailing historical records were Malays who had done the island hopping from the Indies mainland. It took awhile for those people to established their hunting grounds and live in peace as time goes by.
Civilization progresses in conjunction with time and space worldwide. Cults evolved into different religious sects. Dominant religions tried to allied themselves to dominant powers and vice versa. Colonial domains were common factors to extend their influence and control.
Sometimes in the 12th centuries and onwards, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam engaged in religious intramurals into the Pacific areas. Colonial instinct of dominant powers uses religion as front for colonization, converting inhabitants into the mainstream of religious anathema. Missionaries where then the most prestigious careers
Islam missionaries engaged in island hopping in the lace of islands of now Sulu archipelago The known words-thru-mouth history from Muslims of Mindanao, was that the first Islamic missionaries landed in the coastal undulating terrains of now Sarangani Province and from there, crept inland with their religion and influence. Informal trades were established via this island chain towards the Indies mainland.
Time progressed and Spanish exploration reached the central part of the archipelago. Again, the missionaries were the forerunner of converting the inhabitants into the mainstream of religious anathema. Christianity was propagated and the Kingdom of Spain started the colonization. (Chances were, if the Islam missionaries started from the central part of the archipelago with their full warriors and Spaniards started in the south, today's situation are different, most likely similar to that of Indonesia and country's name shall be different too).
Be it known, that the entire archipelago was annexed to Spain as territory and colony. Those were the days of mapping the globe where nationhood were not yet essential. The entire archipelago bordering the Indies was christened; Philippine Islands and proclaimed as Spanish domain.
Soon came the Americans and Philippine Islands was ceded to the new colonizer. A more democratic governance was designed and implemented. Agriculture was one of the business interest of the new comer. Traditional hunting grounds were reduced to farmlands and allocated to the entire citizenry were accelerated after WWII when the Philippines obtained nationhood.
Homesteads were the famous "pilot project" for landless citizens. Mindanao was projected as the Land of Promise for idle lands abound and opportunities for landless Filipinos shall create momentum for developments.
Now due to the unrestricted population growth rate of the country, the most viable approach is to conduct people–land inventory and allocate remaining government lands. A land-buy-back mechanism can also be applied to some selected areas and reallocate to the most reasonable recipients. Since the dominant issue of Mindanao is more of cultural origin, social Interaction should be design for traditional intervention.
Indeed all Filipinos are genetically of Polynesian origin and only through the influence of religion separated their bloodline. If only it can look back on the historical heritage and dissect separated their bloodline. If only it can look back the historical heritage and dissect thoroughly the time before the coming of religion to this archipelago thus brought this generation to chaos, peace shall reign again and homogenous culture is not difficult to attain.
A Non-sectarian Social Action could be design to tackle the issue of traditional separation.
First and foremost, take-out religious dominance and bring back the pre-religious genetic history and ultimate social understanding can be achieve.