Kayak

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Conferencing

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Summer off

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Crowd control

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Pnoy’s War

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: On the border

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Pasaway

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: New Era of Soldiery

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Bob along

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 April) – Finding myself with a free afternoon in Iligan two weekends back, I texted Bob Timonera on the off chance that he would be home and… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Move the body, move that heart

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – The 2012 Summer Sports Program at the Ateneo Matina runs from April 9 to 28. This year, with former Philippines Sports Commissioner William I. Ramirez… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Applying the Phenomenological Approach in Researching Mindanao Issues

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March) – A phenomenological research report does not warrant a categorical conclusion or generalization. Instead, it usually ends with a short section on implications and specific recommendations on logical courses of action to adopt.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Applying the Phenomenological Approach in Researching Mindanao Issues – Parts 3 and 4 Gail Ilagan

Phenomenology is concerned with studying the experience of the individual and representing it from the point of view of the researcher. It is about “the researcher trying to make sense of the participant trying to make sense” of his experience (Smith, 2009). In so doing, the researcher gains insights into the complexity of the participant’s motivation and the behavior is put in its subjective context. By highlighting the peculiarities of this chosen case, the findings often put to question our normative assumptions about the social behavior under study.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Applying the Phenomenological Approach in Researching Mindanao Issues – Parts 1 and 2

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) – This is a five-part series, taken from the lecture I gave on March 10 at the CAP Auditorium on the occasion of the 2012 Research… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Crab mentality

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) — I skipped town to marry the love of my life on the sly when this boy was in the grades. Twenty years later, the boy… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Mugged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – Meong Cabarde dropped by yesterday to invite me to speak at the annual forum to commemorate Women’s Day. This year, the gender advocates at school… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Sage advice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 January) – At fourteen, Sage is still used to being able to channel a parent with just the action of her fingertip. She texts without preamble, like… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The edited version

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 January) – Last month, when I sent Fr. Dan McNamara’s article for Tambara guest editor Jojo Abinales to review, Jojo wanted to know why a physics paper… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The New Tambara

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Dec) – Regularity of release being among the criteria on which journal publications are assessed, the editorial board of the Tambara has made sure that volume 28… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: A Time To Give

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) — “Gail! You’re not writing for us any more?” asked University of Mindanao President Willy Torres. UM owns Mindanao Times, a local daily that carries my… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Blood sport…game over… reboot

DUMAGUETE CITY (MindaNews/06 December) — Forty days after coming off the bloody encounter in Al Barka, two or three of the soldiers are still finding it hard to control the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Below the surface of the war arena

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) — Basilan Vice Governor Al-Rasheed A. Sakkalahul was at the Ateneo de Davao University last 25 November 2011 to tell the story of Al Barka where… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Surviving Al Barka

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 October) — I was thirty minutes in the airport lounge in Zamboanga City at 2:15 pm last Friday when the shakes came on. I locked myself in… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Name a star for Brian

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Oct) — War Wounded came out middle of last year, a product of my doctoral thesis which I immediately converted  into a book that not only details… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Magis and the search to know more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) — One of the priceless pleasures we classroom instructors get is in seeing the student use what we teach as tools he would employ in order… »

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