House of Hope
For hundreds of years, serious political struggles have been transpiring between Muslim and Christian Filipinos. The Abbu Sayyaf, a Muslim terror organization, is fighting for an independent Muslim state in the Sulu area and on the Island of Mindanao. The marine area known as the Sulu region is one of the most dangerous bodies of waters in the world, with sporadic policing at best and an extremely high incidence of open piracy. I was not altogether comfortable about finding Sea Gypsies on my own in the Sulu region. Fortunately, I was able to make contact with The House of Hope and enlist their aid in my investigation. The House of Hope bought up a parcel situated by the seaside in Cagayan D’oro, on Mindanao, exclusively for purposes of helping the Bajau tribe, more specifically, for purpose of helping those people who wish to be part of the community. A crew of three volunteers runs the place. These individuals do not wish to appear in this film, nor do they wish to offer any comment. Regarded from the viewpoint of the Filipino Muslims, help from The House of Hope can be interpreted as a political maneuver specifically targeted against Islamisation. On the other hand, Christian Filipinos are skeptical about a Christian church offering assistance a Muslim tribe when there are plenty of poor Christian Filipinos who would be happy to be on the receiving end of such benevolence.