FRONTLINE/World reporter and Southeast Asia correspondent
for PRI World,
Orlando de Guzman was born in the Philippines and grew up in
a tribal community near the northern tip of the island of Luzon.
FRONTLINE/World sent de Guzman to the southern Philippines to report on the growing insurgency there. His journey begins in the town of Jolo, part of a chain of small islands in the southern region of Mindanao. Jolo
today is 98 percent Muslim, and, as elsewhere in Mindanao, has a long
history of separatist movements fighting for autonomy from the
central (and mostly Roman Catholic) government in Manila. In
this diary, de Guzman writes about battles as spectacle,
cell-phone text messages from guerrillas and life under fire.