WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Playing favorites

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 June) — It was almost noon and the heat inside the gym of the old Maguindanao capitol in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat was getting to be oppressive.… »


DUMAGUETE CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Thank God for soul sisters. They know when your heart is breaking. I’m here in Dumaguete, ostensibly to speak at a multidisciplinary interfaith forum in… »


Ay, Gregorio Pio A-Tapang A-Tao… DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff’s ill-timed, ill-advised declaration of all-out war against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »


MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 February) — “We regret the death of our brothers in the SAF, but we cannot do anything about that now. Search our hearts, and you will see… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — They were from Class Poseidon. They go down in Philippine military history as the only SCUBA Diving Course batch to ever be sent on a… »


LIPATA, Surigao City (MindaNews/20 January) — We were thirteen hours stuck in the Montenegro Shipping Lines port in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte on Sunday night with all hope of taking… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL Christmas break for the bagyo boys of New Bataan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 Dec) — Sweet Sevilla mounted a toy drive just before school went on Christmas break. She wanted the loot to be part of COPERS’ (Center of Psychological… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Two men, two days before Christmas  

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Dec) —  We did not have a car pass. The Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces elements doing sentry duty at the Simuay entrance to Camp… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Thanatourism at Barangay Salman

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 November) — “It’s not like how it was five years ago. I do travel at night now. I would not do that before,” confided Rene. We were… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) — Artoro Dagansan is a kagawad in Barangay Manurigao, a geographically isolated and depressed area in the farthest highlands of New Bataan. The village council had… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) — The weather was threatening to turn wild, but my plane managed to leave Iloilo on time last Wednesday. Ralph was waiting for me at the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: When peacekeepers come under attack

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — In his talk on peace movements and the UN during the 2014 International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference in Istanbul last month, Emeritus Research Fellow… »


ISTANBUL (MindaNews / 14 August) — Istanbul was a most appropriate meeting ground for the coming together of peace researchers and scholars from all over the globe on the occasion… »

Vehicular Accident

Rescue workers struggle to extract two pedestrians trapped under the wreckage during a vehicular accident along Cordillera St. in Central Park Subdivision in Bangkal, Davao City around 5 p.m. Tuesday,… »


DAVAO CITY (MIndaNews / 20 July) — It was exactly four years ago today and the debate was on about sex education – how to teach it when and where… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) — It was raining that late afternoon on March 4 eleven years ago when an improvised explosive device exploded at the waiting shed in front of… »


Learning to kayak off an at-sea cottage in Toril, Davao City on Sunday morning, May 25. It takes running the length of the span of anahaw walkway for a first… »


SINGAPORE (MindaNews / 8 May) – “Mama, please don’t tell me you brought my only black slacks to Singapore!” Liane’s plaintive wail came through by text just as I was… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 April) — I tried to beat the automatic sliding doors that let out deplaning passengers from the Davao International Airport. Unfortunately, maybe those doors are calibrated to… »

Renowned mental health expert to hold seminar in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — A world-renowned neuropsychologist will give a seminar on brain-based therapy in Davao City on April 11 and 12, the Center of Psychological Extension and Research… »

ADDU’s COPERS deploys psychologists to Zamboanga

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS) of the Ateneo de Davao University is sending out a nine-man team of psychologists… »


COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 March) — Much as I’d like to say that the President graced Tuesday’s thanksgiving mass held in honor of Mindanao’s first cardinal, his presence was a disgrace.… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The iron dragonflies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — Just past noon Wednesday, we crossed over Samal and flew on. When the choppers hung over Lupon, we made a turn for Mati. The mission… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Doing a Katniss Everdeen

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Dec) – To close the 7th Visayas-Mindanao Psychology Convention last 14 December 2013, the 600-strong crowd applauded when I said, “When dark times are upon… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Shoring up hardiness in the wake of Yolanda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Nov.) — The Ateneo de Davao University, through its Integrated Humanitarian Emergency Logistics Protocol (i-HELP), designates the Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services to deliver the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: My baby at sixteen

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – Dearest Sagey at sixteen, every day that God made is a day I thank the Lord for you. You are that rare soul… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Building resistance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Nov) – Was it Nietzsche who said what won’t kill you will make you stronger? Ah, rats. Work – the one that allows me to… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Psychologists and disasters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Nov) — Two weekends back, my team and I delivered a workshop at the joint conference of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS) and the… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – Wars have been too long in between. This generation of power players forgot what war is really like. Or maybe they never had… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: A week in Indonesia

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (MindaNews/26 August) — It’s hard to conceive of weather turbulence when one’s days unfold to be the friendly kind of cloudy and the nights are balmy with just… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 August) — The Pikit-Aleosan boundary was home to Manobos until Maguindanaoan Muslims started to settle in the area around the 1950s. In the 1960s, Christian migrants from… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — At 7:40pm on 07 August 2012, a text message lit up my cellphone screen. It said: “Anong ginagawa mo sa warzone? Pinapa-rescue ka ni Gen.… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan revisited

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March)—Maundy Thursday was a good day to follow up on the post-disaster recovery of some of the communities that we served for emergency psychosocial support in the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL:Fact, fiction, and opinion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – An article written by Mahar Lagmay and company saw print in the inner pages of a national daily today. The report explains what happened to… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/25 Dec) — Kagawad Boy Polinar, his wife and I were surveying what used to be three blocks of houses in Purok 4, Barangay Poblacion, New Bataan in… »

In the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) — Getting a copy of the newest publication on our research into Mindanao disasters got my friend, an Army officer, to muse about the problems soldiers… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Soldier, farmer, peace builder

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 December)—Balay Mindanaw’s Belle Hernandez texted me three hours after her team had left Baganga yesterday. She must have been somewhere in Trento when she finally caught a… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Wanted: out-of-the-box thinking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — Problem: How do we speed up distribution of relief in order to save lives and prevent further human suffering? This is a human rights issue.… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Wanted: out-of-the-box thinking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — Problem: How do we speed up distribution of relief in order to save lives and prevent further human suffering? This is a human rights issue.… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Feed the hungry now

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 December) — Teachers know that the best instruction would not serve its intended purpose when the student’s stomach is grumbling. Mental health practitioners know that it would… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: No more air tours, please

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 9 December)–End of September, the US Embassy-Manila invited me to present before an audience of people from Mindanao that, over forty years, the US government had sent… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Nov) — On 1 January 2011, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) adopted the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) that seeks to transform the role… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Disaster Recovery and Resistance in the Grassroots

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) — The frequency of disasters occurring in the Philippines had started to decline since 2005. In 2011, however, the figures suddenly rose by more than half… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Reimagining 400 years

First off, I’d like to say that I am happy to have this occasion to be reunited with good friends and good friends I have yet to meet.
It was some time in July when our good friend Karl Gaspar emailed me to request for a review of this book.

Wayward and Fanciful: Foreboding

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 Aug) – Communities that lie in rebel transit areas put residents there at risk of violence and atrocities in the hands of lawless elements who might demand… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Helping children heal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – Mid-year 2012, Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel chair Marvic Leonen optimistically reported that after the 18 October 2011 incident in Al-Barka,… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Through community trauma, combat stress, and civilian oversight

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 July) — We had gotten off to a rocky start. In mid-2006 when the Philippine Army founded its 10th Infantry Division, I was reluctantly starting my doctoral… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Appear, Disappear, Collide

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 July) — When they would have been knee high to the grasshopper, re now in my classroom greeted each other that way – slapping palms front and… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Postcard pretty Prague

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (MindaNews/16 May) — I’d love to sit and write, but it’s just too damn cold, I’ve got to keep moving. The place is Prague and the time… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Crimes of fashion

DUMAGUETE CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — With a deft twist, the man took her right arm cleanly off her shoulder socket. He nonchalantly swung the limb over his shoulder, his face… »

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