For quite some years, until he croaked, my father lived on
in the Philippines with my lovely stepmother. After some to-ing and fro-ing between Cebu and Cebu Island
visiting my father, a cousin of mine married a lovely Filipina friend of a
friend of who knows who. Australia
Cuz is not the mail-order bride type, and he and his wife now live in NE Vic where they seem more than happy.
Wifey is from Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost of the more than 7,000 islands that make up the
At the Philippines north west corner of Mindanao is the . Zamboanga Peninsula
At the southern tip of the
somewhat small island called Basilan. At the top of this island is Zamboanga
Peninsula . Isabella City
Mindanao is very close to
[itself now a Muslim country]. Malaysia Mindanao and
Basilan play host to regular kidnappings, bombings, murders and other jihadist
For example, in December 2011 an Australian resident was kidnapped in Zamboanga by Abu Sayyaf, a group with a history of using kidnappings to raise funds and known to have received support from al-Qaida. The Australian, Rodwell, was released a few weeks ago after his family negotiated a ransom of $94,000.
It should be no surprise that JJ, the Catholic adult daughter of wifey of cuz, would prefer to live in
Australia than in the Basilan district just outside of Isabela City.