Ateneo de Davao University

Ateneo de Davao

Stories that #MPower: #Trybalismo

Published on , by Kristelle Rizardo.

The concept of MPower encapsulates more than just one identity—it is a cultural and personal creed. Whether one is Moro, Millennial or Mindanawon, we embrace them all. We wish to inspire young leaders to live up to their full potential, and, along the way, allow them to define what their “M” means. In empowering them towards service, we end up empowering an entire generation.

We brought that concept to our Generation MPower: Salaam Regional Workshops, and they were a blast! From meeting with old and new friends in our Muslim Student Associations, to engaging with the issues that Moro youth deemed important, we were able to learn from them and impart some of our own wisdom. We were able to witness how the Moro, Mindanaoan, and Millennial youth put their ideas to action. This lead them to creating their own social media campaigns that reflected their community’s needs and values.

Here’s a look at some of the social media campaigns that really wowed us:

Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatollah wa barakaatuh.

We can never eliminate the fact that we have been organized into different nations and tribes. However, this difference does not necessarily mean that we should also build walls between one another and be selective of whom we should develop connections with.


Allah has mentioned in Q49:13, “O mankind, indeed we have created you from male and female and made you nations and tribes that you may know one another.” This statement from the Creator of mankind encourages us all to maximize our links with people regardless of what nations and tribes they belong. Thus, let’s not make our respective tribes as a dispute to create unity among us.