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John Ryan Mendoza

A registered nurse, Rye hails from Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao (where, no, it isn’t always as “bloody”, as the mainstream media claims it to be, he noted). He first moved to Metro Manila in 2010 (supposedly just to finish a health social science degree), but fell in love not necessarily with the (err, smoggy) place, but it’s hustle and bustle. He now divides his time in Mindanao (where he still serves under-represented indigenous peoples), and elsewhere (Metro Manila included) to help push for equal rights for all (including LGBT Filipinos). He helps manage the running of the mag (and he attends all the events needed to be covered, too). And, yes, he parties, too (See, activists need not be boring! – Ed). Chat him up at Rye.Mendoza@outragemag.com.

The Mindanao group of islands in southern Philippines has long been called as the country's "Promised Land" - albeit this is often said as a yet-fulfilled potential, instead of highlighting what the place now has to offer. We don't only believe it's wrong; we also strongly believe time to correct this and highlight everything about this place that is, indeed, a land full of promise. So here's... Mindanaw Magazine!

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