About Gail Ilagan

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Say it ain’t so, Bato!

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Say it ain’t so, Bato!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 July) -- Some months back, during a meeting of the Multistakeholder Advisory and Action Group (MSAAG) of the 10th Infantry “Agila” Division, I heard MSAAG Chair Ednar Dayanghi ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Missing Mothers Day and Philippine elections

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Missing Mothers Day and Philippine elections

SKIEN, Norway (MindaNews/09 May) -- It was 2am at a cozy cabin in Fossingfjord on the sunny side of Norway when my phone started beeping with incoming messages. I had forgotten to put it on silent mod ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Borrowed time

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Borrowed time

LISBON, Portugal (MindaNews/01 May) -- In the pre-dawn light, the imposing white marble monument on the Marques de Pombal plaza in downtown Lisbon made for a leisurely examination all on my lonesome. ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Western Mindanao Wardaddy?

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Western Mindanao Wardaddy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) -- In my sporadic camp sojourns in childhood, I knew foot soldiers as friendly just-adults who fashioned slingshots for me and taught me how to use them. Sometimes they ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: An EDSA moment

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: An EDSA moment

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) -- “Turn around,” I said. “Let’s give it another pass. I want to take a picture.” It was the sight of big guns out there roped off on the road at the entrance of a ...

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In search of gold

In search of gold

Work on the Cateel-Compostela road cut through the side of a mountain in Barangay Bango in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, exposing the holes drilled by small scale miners in search of go ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Border regulations

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Border regulations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) -- Half-naked, the young man obligingly paused for my camera balancing a 50-kilo sack of copra on his head. He summoned a smile as I shot him. He was poised to get ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Go East

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Go East

CATEEL, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/31 December) -- Light rain turned the road misty and gray up ahead. We had entered the municipality of Baganga in Davao Oriental. “It’s been three years to the day si ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: It ends

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: It ends

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 November) -- Eager to escape the nightmare of travel and security restrictions for the holding of the APEC summit at the Philippine capital, my mother-in-law left early for ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: My Teachers Day Monday

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: My Teachers Day Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – Monday was weird. I started the day talking about sex for a Teachers’ Day lecture at the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus. Many hours later, I s ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Recovering Tacloban

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Recovering Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/18 September) -- Almost midnight, from six floors up in a corner suite of a downtown hotel, the sparse streetlights cast their lambent glow on a lonely figure treading the des ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Terminal Stage

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Terminal Stage

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) -- It had been almost two hours since Iglesia ni Cristo members started gathering on the sidewalk outside the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal on Sunday night. A ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Rome if you want to

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Rome if you want to

ROME, Italy (MindaNews/20 July) -- The phone rang at 3:30 in the morning, the LED blinking an unknown Italian number, but there was nobody on the line. Three messages had come in while I was asleep. A ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Eye candy

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Eye candy

FLORENCE, Italy (MindaNews/15 July) -- Beige and browns, stone and bronze, marble in ash and bone, and ancient bells that constantly peal the passing time. Florence is easy on the eye. It is a tourist ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Abandon all cares

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Abandon all cares

FLORENCE, Italy (MindaNews/12 July) -- Firenze slumbered on as I slunk about its Old Town Center. Hunched in my gray hoodie, I imagined Ezio Auditore tracking my movements up there on the roofs, jumpi ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Playing favorites

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. With the progra ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Hawk

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Hawk

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 Silliman ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Catapang’s War

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Catapang’s War

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 Islami ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: In Mamasapano

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: In Mamasapano

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 that that is how we fe ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Eerie

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Eerie

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 test mission – and not for th ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Brave

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Brave

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 the 10:00pm boa ...

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

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 Extension and Research ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Two men, two days before Christmas   

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 Darapanan were polite, bu ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Thanatourism at Barangay Salman

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 a kilometer off the Isulan roun ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Death at dawn

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Death at dawn

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 b ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Fearless women

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Fearless women

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 arrival area to whisk me off ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: When peacekeepers come under attack

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 Fe ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Turkish delight

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Turkish delight

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 of the 50th year an ...

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Vehicular Accident

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, ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Young and gone

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Young and gone

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 and by whom. It all seems so trivial now. No respite. ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Child of Violence

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Child of Violence

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 the old airport in Sasa. T ...

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Kayak

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 timer to get the hang of kayaking in tande ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Conferencing

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 about to enter the departure loung ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Summer off

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 t ...

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Renowned mental health expert to hold seminar in Davao

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 Ser ...

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ADDU’s COPERS deploys psychologists to Zamboanga

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 to Zamboanga ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Crowd control

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. We first ha ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The iron dragonflies

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 was to load rice, sardines, an ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Doing a Katniss Everdeen

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 the land, we do a ...

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

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 Resear ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: My baby at sixteen

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 that fits in everyone’s heart – mine, most undeniably. You ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Building resistance

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 earn my bread – has kept me busy all day. It's past m ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Psychologists and disasters

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 Psychological Asso ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Pnoy’s War

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 a memory of it. They remember with envy ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: A week in Indonesia

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 a touch of gentle ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: On the border

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 Ilo ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Pasaway

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. Segovia.” At that time, I wa ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan revisited

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 three mont ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL:Fact, fiction, and opinion

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 Barangay Andap in New B ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan

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 Compostela Valley that drizzly ...

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