Posts by Karl M. Gaspar CSsR
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… »
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… »
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… »
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… »
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.
A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim” (Stars’ Journey into the Dark Night): A Film Review
There is no doubt that with his latest film – Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim – the Mindanawon independent filmmaker, Arnel M. Mardoquio, has now become one of the country’s best.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 November) – I was not able to attend the 31st National Book Awards event held on 17 November 2012 in the afternoon at the Old Senate Session… »
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 June) — I am very glad that the first film I watched on the first day of the First Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is Orvil Bantayan’s TAMBARA. As Davao City is this festival’s host, a film touching tangentially on the indigenous belief system of Davao’s original people – the Bagobo – is a must see!
Rivers run through Iligan City, which is why its name is Iligan. The city’s linguistic origin is from the word ilig, which according to the Iliganons means to flow. There are… »
CEBU CITY (MindaNews/18 October) — The first text came just before 10 a.m. on the 17th of October, 2011 with these words – Fr. fausto tentorio, italian priest basd in… »
DUBLIN, Ireland (MindaNews/4 August) – For a few summers now, the Columban Ecological Institute, headed by Fr. Sean McDonagh and based in their office at Dalgan Park, has conducted a… »
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) — Arnel Mardoquio, one of Mindanao’s rising indie filmmakers, strikes gold once again with his latest film – Crossfire! Perhaps Mardoquio is one of the very few Filipino filmmakers whose films have all been nominated for the Urian Best Picture award by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the most distinguished award-giving body for films in the country today. Mardoquio’s first three films – Hunghong sa Yuta, Hospital Boat and Sheika – all competed for Urian’s Best Picture
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) — In June of 1963, around a hundred of us freshmen began our undergraduate studies at what was then the Ateneo de Davao College (it would… »
ILIGAN CITY (23 May) — The average Filipinos on the street – referred to by the renowned Filipino filmmaker Lamberto V. Avellana during the first golden age of Filipino movies… »
There is always something very appealing about an art work which is a labor of love! This is especially so, if it happens to be the artist’s first major production. One can tell that such artists invest their soul into their first creative production. Consequently, the appreciative viewer responds favorably to the artists’ assertion of a soul seeking to express deep longings and aspirations even as they take the risk to be vilified and damned for over-estimating their gifts.
Usa ka semana na ang niagi sukad nahuman ang Semana sa Kalinaw sa Mindanao. Sa mga pundok nga aktibo sa pagpahigayon og mga kalihokan aning maong Week of Peace, karong… »
TANDAG, Surigao del Sur (December 8) — Are things really madayaw (good) in Surigao del Sur these days? Across the province, one sees all kinds of tarpaulin signs that include the word MADAYAW that one is tempted to conclude that everything is fine with the people in that province which is located in the eastern coastal area of Mindanao.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – Sheika, a film written and directed by Davao-born Arnel Mardoquio is competing at the 11th Asiatica Film Mediale Festival in Rome, Italy this week. The… »
In terms of numerology, the three tens placed side by side look quite impressive. 10 October 2010. That is what these three tens are all about: the second Sunday of October this year. For the Catholic Church in the Philippines, this is the celebration of the Indigenous Peoples or IP Sunday. On this day, priests are expected to give homilies and invited IPs provide commentaries on the sad plight of the IPs as well as encourage Christian lowlanders to express their solidarity with the IPs’ struggle for self-determination.
“The pen is mightier than the sword!” We are all familiar with this adage which goes back to 1939 when the playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton incorporated these words in his play, Richilieu. Today the words are a bit archaic given the changes in communications and weapons technology. Perhaps it can be updated to: “The camera is mightier than the nuclear torpedo!”
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/17 June) — As 30 June 2010 approaches – a red-letter day promising relief from the ravages suffered by the Filipino people under the most unpopular administration in… »
SEOUL, Korea (MindaNews/23 May) — If one views the flag of the Republic of Korea which is called the taegeukgi, one is immediately drawn to the yin and yang design in two colors… »
NEW YORK (MindaNews/26 September) — It is a good time to be in New York. Since I arrived here last week, the weather has been really nice: neither too hot nor too cold. It's like being in Baguio during sunny days this time of the year, too. The late summer flowers in the parks are still in bloom and the trees stand tall with thick foliage.
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QUEZON (MindaNews/03 Sept) — When I asked them how many they were in this samahan, he said that they speak in terms of balangays (clusters of families) and as of the moment, they have 71 balangays spread across the country with most of them being in Luzon. Most of those in Kinabuhian are members of their samahan; others live in various parts of the country.
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QUEZON (MindaNews/02 Sept) — As Mt. Banahaw is considered a place for healing, the local herbs are aplenty and are sold in the various small stores spread all over Sta. Lucia. One could see barks of trees, leaves, limestones being displayed and sold for their medicinal value. Some of these find their way to Quiapo and other outlets for herbal medicine and the like.
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QUEZON (MindaNews/01 Sept) — For students of Spirituality – as an academic discipline – interested in indigenous mystical practices of our ancestors, here in the samahan one is afforded a glimpse into what could be one model or lived experience of mysticism that goes a long way back to our pre-colonial era. While listening to Nanay Isabel, I was conscious of a deep desire: that there would be serious Filipino scholars who would pursue this type of research as it would be most helpful in rediscovering our very deep sense of the divine as well as the roots of our own indigenous spirituality.
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QUEZON (MindaNews/31 August) — There are also landmarks placed in strategic areas by the National Historical Commission. One informs the nationalist pilgrim that the hero Macario Sakay and his men retreated to this part of Mt. Banahaw during the height of their anti-colonial struggles. The confluence of these signs and symbols – political, cultural, religious – provides the unique character of Mt. Banahaw as it affirms the sojourner's citizenship, cultural identity and religiosity.
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QUEZON (MindaNews/30 Aug) — I had always wanted to go on a pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw, perhaps the country's premiere indigenously Filipino pilgrimage site. However, the visit to the holy mountain remained elusive through the past more than five decades of my life. This desire intensified in the past decade during and after my UP studies and especially as I became more and more interested in knowing more about Filipino indigenous spirituality.
QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — Thirty years since "a group of people," in the words of the American news reporter John Nance, "walked less than 20 miles from their home in a Philippine rain-forest and traveled through 50,000 years of cultural and technological time", the debate on whether the Tasaday were truly from the Stone Age or not continues to rage in the country's anthropological circle.
ROBBEN ISLAND, South Africa (MindaNews) — I first heard about Robben Island years ago, when I was a political prisoner in the Davao Metrodiscom stockade in downtown Davao City.
The world's most famous political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, who was to spend almost 30 years in prison before being released in the early 1990s, was incarcerated there.
SOUTH AFRICA (MindaNews) — On my fifth day in South Africa, I found myself in Phokeng, which is part of the Diocese of Rustenberg. The bishop of this diocese is a Redemptorist, Bishop Kevin Dowling. Rustenberg is about two hours ride from Pretoria, close to three hours ride from Johannesburg. I spent three days in Phokeng, living in a Redemptorist monastery which is within the compound of the bishop's residence.
STERKFONTEIN, South Africa (MindaNews) — I have told you that for my sabbatical, I want to go on a long pilgrimage, across some parts of the globe, wherever destiny would bring me as I refuse to get into a strategic planning scheme for this one-year break. Whatever happens will happen; what is not meant to take place, will not arise. (Down with rational purposive action! Long live communicative action!)