Category: A SOJOURNERS’ VIEW. By Karl M. Gaspar

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

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 journ ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Creativity and Sustainability

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 CREATIVITY AN ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: One more Independence Day

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 prefe ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: From logging to mining

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 ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The Democratization of Art

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 p ...

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

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 many ...

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

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 much la ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: A nascent Mindanawon film industry

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 as ...

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Mindanao's romance with Christmas lights

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 childr ...

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PANAW LANTAW: Nabahaw na ba ang Semana sa Kalinaw sa Mindanao? by  Karl M. Gaspar CSsR

PANAW LANTAW: Nabahaw na ba ang Semana sa Kalinaw sa Mindanao? by Karl M. Gaspar CSsR

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 mga adlawa ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Madayaw Sur Surigao?

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Madayaw Sur Surigao?

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 ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Sheika: A Film Review. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Sheika: A Film Review. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

"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, Ri ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Tampakan or Tamakan? By Karl M. Gaspar

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Tampakan or Tamakan? By Karl M. Gaspar

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 admini ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Tranquility in the midst of a threat of war. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: Tranquility in the midst of a threat of war. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

SEOUL, Republic of Korea (MindaNews/31 May)-- Moon is the Oldest Clock. This is the title of an art exhibit ongoing at the National Museum of Art in Deoksugung, Seoul, located at ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: The bystander. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: The bystander. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/04 April) -- The title of the piece rhymes with The Reader.  As devoted cineastes know, The Reader is the film that recently gave Kate Winslet her firs ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEWS: Lupang Hinarang: must watch. By Karl M. Gaspar

A SOJOURNER'S VIEWS: Lupang Hinarang: must watch. By Karl M. Gaspar

QUEZON CITY (MindaViews/14 March) -- Viewing Ditsi Carolino's latest documentary film Lupang Hinarang, one can't help thinking: will there ever be an end to the Filipino p ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: To be hacked in Cyberspace. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: To be hacked in Cyberspace. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/01 February) -- Not a very pleasant experience if one gets hacked in cyberspace.  Ask any of the victims like, yours truly. ...

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A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: What matters most to people today

A SOJOURNER'S VIEW: What matters most to people today

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) -- This piece should rather have the title - What Matters Most Today for People that I Know and Care About. The recent holidays that came with Ch ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: The tyranny of the pila. By Karl Gaspar

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: The tyranny of the pila. By Karl Gaspar

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 May) -- As these are hot and humid summer days, the tyranny of the pila (queue)  has become even more a source of great stress to ordinary folks. Ord ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Why are our own languages so belittled? (Part 1). By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Why are our own languages so belittled? (Part 1). By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Feb) -- Immediately, I know there is something very ironic about this column being written in English with the title of the piece.  I would rather wr ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: The joys of traveling across Mindanao now. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: The joys of traveling across Mindanao now. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Jan) -- We all recently said goodbye -- albeit, some of us, reluctantly -- to the 2007-2008 holiday season.For many Mindanawons, it was a season of travel ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: To wish the impossible “wish ko lang.” By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: To wish the impossible “wish ko lang.” By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 December) -- The phrase “Wish Ko Lang” must be the favorite of many Pinoys during this Christmas season especially because the crisis situatio ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Until there was no one left. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Until there was no one left. By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 December) --At the height of martial rule in the l970s-80s, there was a quote that made the rounds among the activists and affected them quite deeply so t ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS:: Josefina’s song: from blues to reggae

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS:: Josefina’s song: from blues to reggae

JOSEFINA, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/02 November) --Twenty years ago, Josefina sang the blues. Located in the Zamboanga peninsula, the town of Josefina was a virtual war zone. D ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Winning small wars

A SOJOURNER’S VIEWS: Winning small wars

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) -- One hazards the guess that part of the fascination of watching the TV proceedings now ongoing at the Senate dealing with the intensely contr ...

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ON SABBATICAL: End of a sabbatical

ON SABBATICAL: End of a sabbatical

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) -- July last year, I left the Philippines for a one-year sabbatical which brought me to some of the most soul-stirring spots across the world. ...

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ON SABBATICAL: Imagine

ON SABBATICAL: Imagine

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. ...

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ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw (5)

ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw (5)

Last of five parts 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 ...

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ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banaha

ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banaha

4th of five parts 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 o ...

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ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw (3)

ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw (3)

3rd of five parts QUEZON (MindaNews/01 Sept) -- For students of Spirituality - as an academic discipline - interested in indigenous mystical practices of our ancestors, here in th ...

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ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw (2)

ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw (2)

2nd of five parts QUEZON (MindaNews/31 August) -- There are also landmarks placed in strategic areas by the National Historical Commission. One informs the nationalist pilgrim tha ...

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ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw

ON SABBATICAL: A pilgrimage to Mt. Banahaw

1st of five parts 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. ...

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ON SABBATICAL: A representation brouhaha: the continuing saga of the Tasaday

ON SABBATICAL: A representation brouhaha: the continuing saga of the Tasaday

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 ...

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ON SABBATICAL: Robben Island

ON SABBATICAL: Robben Island

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.Th ...

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ON SABBATICAL: Evading death’s fatal gaze in the Land of a Pandemic

ON SABBATICAL: Evading death’s fatal gaze in the Land of a Pandemic

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 Redemptor ...

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ON SABBATICAL: Everywhere there are graveyards

ON SABBATICAL: Everywhere there are graveyards

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 m ...

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