Who is Princess Maleiha Bajunaid Candao?
She is a focused writer who advocates for justice, peace and interfaith unity in the midst of the decaying moral and cultural fibers of many people owing to political vindictiveness, power struggle and hypocritical pro-poor concerns masking vested interest and self- promotion.
She used to edit and publish her own community paper, The New Mindanao Kris, which she used at the height of the Mindanao war to express her disgust against the national government for declaring an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leaving hundreds of innocent people killed and properties destroyed.
Known to be feisty in her writings, she is also very straightforward in person. She says what is on her mind without fear nor favor.
She also produced Sangkultura, a television magazine program whose main theme was peace in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Bai Maleiha B. Candao believes that services given to the masses need no recognition or applause for it is necessary for every person who has the means to help those in need and to take part in any social and cultural transformation.
However, she is thankful to those organizations who recognized her contribution to the government in whatever small way she had contributed to making an impact on the lives of those she touched.
Bai Maleiha does not expose herself unnecessarily not unless it is of extreme importance for her and her family. She is always in sync and comfortable with true people who relate with sincerity. She will always appreciate her time with people who are humble and kindhearted.
She hates elitism. She said:
“A true blooded princess can work on her own. No need for recognition. But it is the sincerity that counts in delivering fairness and unbiased services for all people regardless of faith and race”.
She does not fear powerful personalities but she obliges herself to respond positively to humble actions. She is just an ordinary lady with simple dreams but she knows where she stands and how to fight for her rights.”
What is her complete ancestry?
She is a pure Princess by blood, both of her parental ancestries come from noble clans.
A. Grandmother- Hadja Bai Mariam Kapal Macmod Bajunaid
Hadja Bai Mariam Kapal Macmod Bajunaid was the daughter of Bai Maputi Kapal, the niece of Datu sa Sapakan or Datu Utto of Sapakan.
Datu Matiman, the father of Bai Maputi Kapal, was the younger brother of Datu sa Sapakan.
B. Grandfather- Sheikh Abdillah Bajunaid
He was a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad.
The Bajunaid family brought Islam to Cotabato City through Sheikh Hadji Omar Bajunaid who built the first Madrasah.
2. Paternal side:
A. GRANDFATHER- Datu Liwa Candao, grandson of Sultan Kibad Sahriyal, the 16th Sultan of Maguindanao. A direct descendant of Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan, father of THE MAGUINDANAO SULTANATE.
Datu Liwa Candao was mayor of Parang in the province of Maguindanao in 1948. After then, he was elected as first Cotabato City Vice Mayor in 1962.
Bai Maleiha’s paternal grandmother was Bai Satria Z. Candao–the second cousin of her maternal grandmother, both from noble clans.
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