A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: What to expect in a Presidency – a comic turn

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 May)  — One more week and we will know who will be our next President of the Republic of the Philippines.  It can only be… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Men and Women for Others

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) — I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic, sentimental and  very much affirmed  as I sat throughout the 2016 Commencement Exercises of the Ateneo de… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Dissecting our country’s political culture

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /19 April) — In three weeks’ time, the Republic of the Philippines will elect a new President.  Who will she/he be?  Despite the figures of poll surveys… »

FILM REVIEW:  Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery)        

Directed by                     : Lav Diaz Produced by                   : Lav Diaz, Blanca… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 March) – Why do human beings suffer? This must be a question raised individually and collectively by human persons through the course of humanity’s history,… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The Revenant: More Than a Movie Review

NOW SHOWING in most cinemas across the country, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s film THE REVENANT starring Leonardo DiCaprio who has just won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor is could possibly… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: At the most acute crisis of our time, the poor can teach us what it means to hope

(Reaction of Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar, CSsR to the talk of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP on January 20 at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City). CEBU CITY (MindaNews /… »

FILM REVIEW – IISA (AS ONE) An Entry to the Quezon City International Film Festival 2015 (QCinema)

Director: Chuck Gutierrez Screenwriter: Arnel Mardoquio Director of Photography: Dexter Dela Peña Production Designer: Perry Dizon Editor: Chuck Gutierrez Art Director:   Buggy Amplayo Assistant Director:  Yam Palma Musical score:   Emerzon Texon Sound Design:  Alex Tomboc… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Affectionately remembering Bishop Federico Escaler, SJ

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) — Before going to bed in the evening of 28 November  2015, I stood at the veranda of the convent in the Nuing Mission… »

Across the ricefield

A young Lumad woman rides a horse across a ricefield in Molmol, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental. MindaNews photo by KARL GASPAR

SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The tragic reality of hunger in the Land of Promise

Hunger is a global reality that continues to haunt millions of people across the planet. “Hunger is a serious global issue that affects millions in developing countries, particularly Asia. According… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Peace and Development as Goals of Legal Education


A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Cinema in situ

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/20 September) — IN SITU,  the Latin phrase that literally means “in its (original) place or position” as well as “on site” or “in position”,  “locally”, “on the premises”… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: In praise of the Jesuits of our youth and those who came after

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — Early this morning as I sat still in our chapel waiting for our community’s  Morning Prayer session to begin, images of Jesuits I’ve met through… »


A wonderful show of contemporary Bayanihan spirit along the national highway of Davao Occidental, traversing Jose Abad Santos town on Friday, June 26. The van from Balangonan was bound for… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Hope arises in the uplands of Jose Abad Santos

MOLMOL, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/20 April) — In August 2014, the members of the Davao Redemptorist Mission Community took over the administration of the Nuing Mission Station (NMS)… »

BOOK REVIEW: POVERTY AND ECOLOGY AT THE CROSSROADS: Towards an Ecological Theology of Liberation in the Philippine Context by Fr. Reynaldo D. Raluto

Quezon City:  Ateneo  de Manila University Press, 2015, 280 pages. Karl M. Gaspar/MindaNews DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — The memories of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines continue to linger… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Knowing more about Nuing

NUING, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental — Nuing who?  And why the need to know more about Nuing? Nuing is a barangay in the municipality of Jose Abad Santos (JAS)… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Papa Francisco’s Ground Zero Experience in Tacloban 

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — “This looks like a war zone,” Fr. Sonny Umbac, CSsR, a confrere said as we walked the two-kilometer stretch from near the Iglesia ni Kristo… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Yearend blues

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/31 December) — I had planned a leisurely week after Christmas Day and before New Year’s Day 2015.  I refused to accept any invitation for a talk, a… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: My Nine Christmas Prayers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) — Despite having to wake up early in the morning, millions of Filipinos wake up at dawn beginning on 16 December to attend the Misa de… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Symbolic Violence

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Dec) — I am writing this piece in the morning of Sunday, 21 December. Four more days and it will be Christmas Day. With our… »


DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Disyembre 4) — Sukad mi nagsugod og pag-misyon sa mga lugar diin daghan ang mga Subanen, sa peninsula sa Zamboanga, natural ra namong madunggan ang mga istorya… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Quo Vadis, Mindanao Week of Peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 December) — These past so many years now, various groups throughout Mindanao-Sulu  – mainly local church organizations , non-governmental organizations, schools, media  agencies and  autonomous institutions, all… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Review of Anoy Catague’s tales of destruction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) — Last Sunday, the Christian world entered into the season of Advent, usually explained as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of… »


Screenplay and Direction: Arnel Mardoquio Cinematography:  Arnel Barbarona Editor:  Chuck Gutierrez Sound Design:  Andrew Millallos Original Music:  Jesse Lucas Producer:  Quezon City Development Foundation in cooperation with – The Talent… »


DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Nobiembre 23) — “Dihang gipanganak ako ni Nanay, duna say natawo nga bitin. Duna koy kaluha nga bitin, Tir,” maoy mga pulong ni Belen samtang nagkokabildo uban… »

Victimizing the victims twice over (Part II)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – I was furious… as in really, really FURIOUS; I felt like a volcano ready the erupt anytime. The susunod na kabanata turned out to… »

Victimizing The Victims Twice Over

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /04 August) — Those from far-flung villages in the Davao-Cotabato region came to Davao City at dawn on Monday, the fourth of August and found their way… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Duyog Ramadhan among the Kagans

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — “As soon as we entered Purok 10, Barangay 9-A near San Rafael, Marfori in Davao City for our inter-faith dialogue with the people of this… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Remembering repression and courageous resistance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNew/11 July) — On 28 July 1985, 28 years ago, I was in Bacolod City. I had joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (CSsRs or the… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To dream the Mindanawon dream

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — For those who ascribe their identity as Mindanawon, the Finster Auditorium of the Ateneo de Davao University might have provided them a space where the… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To embrace the construct of a Father’s Day

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 June) —  I just checked my Facebook wall, and as I expected, there are a lot of postings wishing their Tatay, Papa, Dad –  Happy Father’s… »

Carved by Nature

A view of the Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. MindaNews photo by Bro. Karl Gaspar

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A Double Sur Treat

I was just checking out the latest postings on my Facebook wall, when I noticed an interesting article in Huffington Post about the “15 Places To Go Before They Get… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Across the Sea, Mindanao reaches out to Leyte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — For the 210 households who are currently living in the village of Sta. Cruz, a picturesque coastal village in Tanauan, Leyte, Davao del Norte was… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be instruments of peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – On Thursday, 27 March, one prays to the God of many names that a gentle wind blows across the thousand islands of our ancestral… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The precious gift of reading a book

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Is reading a book these days – which I have always thought was a rare precious gift – an endangered species in our… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: No toys for Christmas

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews / 21 Dec) – Early morning of 20 December, I woke up very early at 3:25 at dawn. I wanted to go back to sleep, but couldn’t. There have… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: In the mata (eye) of the beholder

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Dec) – Dimataling. It is one of the interior towns of the Baganian Peninsula of Zamboanga del Sur. Located along the coastal area between Zamboanga… »

A ringside view of “The Riddles of my Homecoming”

For the longest time, the award-winning Mindanawon filmmaker, Arnel Mardoquio, had been inviting me  to visit him and the members of his team while they were shooting a film.  I… »


Bohol, akong pinangga, akong hinigugma (my love). It is hard to find accurate statistics as to how many Mindanawons could claim Bohol as their place of birth or that of … »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The politics of statistics involving the Lumad

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Oct) – This coming Sunday, 13 October, the Roman Catholic Church throughout the Philippines will be celebrating the Indigenous Peoples Sunday. An activity conducted yearly by… »

SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be a great-grandfather

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – On 1 October 2013, I went to visit my mother’s grave at the Davao Memorial Park. She died of colon cancer on this… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: The birth of a cultural movement in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – Quietly – after the noise of the 2013 KADAYAWAN Festival had died down – a group of artists and cultural workers gathered at… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: On the verge of a great sea-change

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – It has been raining in Davao in the past week causing floods in some parts of the city. With memories of Pablo still… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Abrazos para Papa Francisco

When I woke up on Wednesday morning of 13 March, there were a number of texts waiting to be read in my cell phone. I learned immediately that while I… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Alber Husin: Go gently into the night, dear friend

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — As I write this, Alber Husin – a Tausog peace advocate, anthropologist, teacher, partner to Irene and father of two children – is on a… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Creativity and Sustainability

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 February) — If only for its logo – a radiant, multi-colored lotus flower  with a gentle  fire in its womb – the LIWANAG : WORLD FESTIVAL ON… »

COLORS AND MOODS: A Solo Exhibit of Elenita Dumlao

Walking across the space of the Bahaghari Gallery, contemplating on the more than seventy paintings of Elenita Dumlao, one is struck by the millions of dots – mostly whites – spread across the art works. There are the tiniest of dots but the dots expand to images of bubbles, eyes, the sun and the moon.

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