About Karl M. Gaspar CSsR

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Davao down memory lane

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Davao down memory lane

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) -- I stood at the corner of Claro Recto (formerly Claveria) and Palma Gil Streets as I watched the 12 entries of the Kadayawan Indak-Indak passed me by on Saturday, 20 ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Defend Life! Not Destroy It!  A Plea To End Extrajudicial Summary Killings

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Defend Life! Not Destroy It! A Plea To End Extrajudicial Summary Killings

(Opening Talk at the forum at Pakighinabi Session at the Mateo Ricci Dialogue Center, 3/F Community Center of the First Companions at the Ateneo de Davao University on 18 August 2016. The topic of the ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

Three “wise” men at the top of the political power structure of the Republic of the Philippines: will it truly make a difference for the Mindanawons who have been pushed to the margins in the life of ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Advancing the Mindanao Arts and Culture Agenda

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Advancing the Mindanao Arts and Culture Agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July) - In the run up to the inauguration of President Rody Duterte, a number of civil society groups had their own summit to bring to the attention of the new administratio ...

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

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 among the five presidential candidates who slugged ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Men and Women for Others

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 Davao University for ...

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

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 that show the standing o ...

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

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

Directed by                     : Lav Diaz Produced by                   : Lav Diaz, Blanca Balbuena, Paul Soriano Written and Edited by  :  Lav Diaz Music by                          : Ely Buendia, D ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: BEYOND PAIN AND SUFFERING: A 2016 Holy Week Reflection

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: BEYOND PAIN AND SUFFERING: A 2016 Holy Week Reflection

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, ever since an ex ...

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

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 win the Os ...

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

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 / 21 January) – ...

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

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 Dire ...

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

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 Station somewhere in Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occi ...

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Across the ricefield

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 ...

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

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 t ...

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

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

SPEECH DELIVERED TO PARTICIPANTS OF THE FORUM ON MINDANAO LAW FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SPONSORED BY THE PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF LAW SCHOOLS, held at ADDU, 27 September 2015. _____________________ ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Cinema in situ

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 t ...

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

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 the years  –  includi ...

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Bayanihan

Bayanihan

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 the town of ...

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

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) ...

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

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 lin ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Knowing more about Nuing

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)  in the newly created province of ...

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

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 church in Sto. Niňo ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Yearend blues

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 meeting or a full seminar, t ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: My Nine Christmas Prayers

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 Gallo, a remnant of the Spani ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Symbolic Violence

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 parish/church/seminary located along J.P. Laurel ...

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PANAW-LANTAW: Pamikpik

PANAW-LANTAW: Pamikpik

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 bahin sa p ...

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

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  agenc ...

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

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 the Na ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Film Review: ALIENASYON

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Film Review: ALIENASYON

Screenplay and Direction: Arnel Mardoquio Cinematography:  Arnel Barbarona Editor:  Chuck Gutierrez Sound Design:  Andrew Millallos Original Music:  Jesse Lucas Producer:  Quezon City Development Foun ...

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PANAW-LANTAW: Kaluha

PANAW-LANTAW: Kaluha

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 ni Sister ...

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Victimizing the victims twice over (Part II)

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 be – literally –nakakasuka. As I unde ...

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Victimizing The Victims Twice Over

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 to the Almendras Gym as e ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Duyog Ramadhan among the Kagans

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 community, I felt fear in my ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Remembering repression and courageous resistance

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 Redemptorists) after I was released from pr ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To dream the Mindanawon dream

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 Mindanawon Dre ...

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

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 Day. Despite a tendency towards cyn ...

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Carved by Nature

Carved by Nature

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

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A Double Sur Treat

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 Famous”. Accessing the data, I read ...

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

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 of no particular im ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be instruments of peace

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 territory in this part of the planet ...

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

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 day and post-modern age? There are days - especially ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: No toys for Christmas

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 been so much raw emotions to process tha ...

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

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 City to the west and Cotab ...

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A ringside view of “The Riddles of my Homecoming”

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 had long wanted to res ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Bohol Mon Amour

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Bohol Mon Amour

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  their parents and ancestors.  ...

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

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 b ...

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SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be a great-grandfather

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 date in 1998. That year – 15 years ago – Luningning, ...

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

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 the Ponce Suites at the heart of Davao Ci ...

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

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 fresh in people’s minds and with news stories of ...

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