Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann on travel warning to Mindanao: Why generalize?

Image from Kyle Jennermann's Facebook account
  • Canadian travel blogger questioned home country’s travel warning to Mindanao
  • He said advisory made it sound like entire island was dangerous and unsafe
  • He will continue pushing for realism and reveal the score on the ground

MANILA, Philippines – Why generalize?

This was the question posed by Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann as he lamented his home country’s sweeping generalization of the security situation in Mindanao.

In an interview with Karen Davila, the Canadian travel blogger — well-known for his escapades in the country and love for Filipino culture — said he was saddened by a recent travel advisory from the Canadian government warning its citizens to stay away from Mindanao.

“If I’ve never been there and I saw an advisory that said ‘If you have the chance to leave and you think it’s safe to do so, do it,’ it’s like saying you’re in the middle of a war,” he said.

While agreeing that travel advisories are necessary, Jennermann said they should not generalize an entire area — especially an island as big and diverse as Mindanao.

“I completely agree that travel advisories should exist. I completely agree that people should be aware of what’s happening, but why are they generalizing massive areas?” he asked. “Imagine, Mindanao has 24 million people in 27 provinces and you’re telling me that every single person there is a horrible person and I should never go there? That’s what it means.”

Despite the warning, Jennermann said he will continue his travels to showcase that Mindanao — despite the warnings — is a generally safe place for foreigners.

“I’m passionate because I just want realism, I just want people to be realistic,” he said.

In its website, the Canadian government warned citizens against traveling to Mindanao amid the threat posed by insurgents and terror groups.

“Avoid all travel. There is an extreme risk to your personal safety and security. You should not travel to this country, territory or region. If you are already in the country, territory or region, you should consider leaving if it is safe to do so,” it said.