TAMBASAKAN: Selling a Sacred Mountain. By Elson T. Elizaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 April) -- Picture this: An association of Manila businessmen decide that a mosque in Marawi City is not a house of prayer because it doesn’t contain a picture of prophet Muhammad. Then, they destroy the mosque and start quarrying there. 

This hypothetical scenario would certainly be seen as radical and offensive by the educated community. But a similar event is taking place.

TAMBASAKAN: Journalists as cultural terrorists? By Elson T. Elizaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO C ITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) -- A “pirated” copy of an article from the Archaeological Studies Program (ASP) was recently handed to me courtesy of Michael Baños, who received it from Nanette Roa of the Historical and Cultural Commission (HISCCOM). Pirated because it’s incomplete. Some pages are missing, and the date of publication is unknown.

TAMBASAKAN: The cultural response of Maitum. By Elson T. Elizaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 April) -- The past three weeks have been exciting for many scholars in the Philippines, particularly anthropologists and historians. As reported by Carolyn O. Arguillas of Mindanews, quarry workers discovered ancient bones and anthropomorphic potteries in a cave in the municipality of Maitum, Sarangani.

TAMBASAKAN: Coronavirus Park

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/20 July) -- Lots of talk recently about the vice-mayor not following the dress code of the City Council. He wears his trademark striped polo shirt instead of the barong. Fine with me as long as he doesn’t sport a miniskirt and a thong.