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.

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.

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Davao authors make a splash at the National Book Awards event

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… »

TAMBARA: A film that debunks the myths of modernity and helps us to revisit our past

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!

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Like water from one’s hand

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) — “How is one to know what people are like?  Perhaps no one can ever know; perhaps people are uncapturable, and slip away like water from… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: One more Independence Day

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 June)  — Here comes the bride, all dressed in white.  This sentence – usually sung – figures prominently this month as June supposedly has been the preferred… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: A Tale of Two Events

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – In 1859 – a hundred and fifty-three three years ago – Charles Dicken’s classic novel, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, enthralled the reading public with… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: From logging to mining

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – In the afternoon of Monday, 26 March 2012, I was seated at the back row inside the Cathedral of San Isidro Labrador, Malaybalay City waiting… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The Democratization of Art

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) — Of the estimated 1,500,000  inhabitants who  now reside in the various buildings, houses,  shacks and streets  of Davao City, I wonder what percentage of this… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A tragic tale of a city and a river

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… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A friendship with Pops across 34 years

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… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A brief summer sojourn in Ireland

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… »

FILM REVIEW: Crossfire

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

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: In the shadow of the Temple of Mammon

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… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: A nascent Mindanawon film industry

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… »

REVIEW: The Seductive Power of Buzzwords

(Review of “The Politics of Anti-Politics: What does the buzzword ‘community-driven development’ do? The case of Mindanao Peace and Development” by Nikki Philline C. de la Rosa, published in Mindanao… »

ARTS AND CULTURE: The endangered indigenous healer

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.

THAT WE MAY REMEMBER Free again but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) — I was released from prison in March 1985 after 22 months of detention. But long before I regained my freedom, I had made a decision… »

Mindanao's romance with Christmas lights

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/24 December) — I have been traveling these past weeks and I am amazed at how, across Mindanao, Christmas lights have created magical places, filling children with wonder… »

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