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Wayward and Fanciful by Gail Ilagan

Wayward and Fanciful by Gail Ilagan


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Nov) -- On 1 January 2011, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) adopted the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)...

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Out in the open. By Gail Ilagan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) -- Thursday night, 11 pm. The dot on the map stood for a well-lit square in the Divisoria district of Cagayan de Oro City. Six pairs of white plastic chairs faced each other on the pavement. I was on the second chair on the row, my back to McDonald’s. On my left, the late Mayor Borja, first local executive of CDO, was immortalized in white concrete. On the right, the late great Jose Rizal looked down with approval.

WAYWARD & FANCIFUL. Blazing the trail to nowhere? By Gail T. Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- Ground breaking. In Mindanao, the land of the daring, the adventurous, we witness audacious efforts at evolving cutting edge strategies for social order. And they work.
Take the DDS, for instance.
Or maybe not. Not today, anyway.

WAYWARD & FANCIFUL. They are soldiers. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) -- Middle of February, an article on this column marked the turnover ceremonies of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division held earlier that week. That article concluded with my resolution to hold off commenting on 10ID for the moment as it is peopled by some of my favorite soldiers, foremost among them being the 10ID’s current commander, MGen. Reynaldo B. Mapagu.

WAYWARD & FANCIFUL: All write now. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Mar) -- It’s March 26 as I write this. Today I was finally able to read a batch of letters dated March 9. They were written by my students, recently graduated, and their words of gratitude and affirmation gave me a dose of the incomparable joys of teaching. They told me about the things they learned from me that they would carry with them for the rest of their lives.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Chicken sky-high. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / February 27) -- Why did the chicken cross the road?

My eleven-year-old daughter loves to quote what Ernest Hemingway would have replied: To die. In the rain.

Papa Hemingway would have to assume that the chicken got to the other side. Safe to say that the chicken wasn’t crossing the Paradise-Embac Road in Paquibato District, this city else it would have died before it got across the road.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Morning Glory. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Feb) -- The ‘Thank You’ Girls mama Pidot Villocino labored without a mirror. His expert brush strokes worked around the expressive movements that chased lightning-quick across Liane’s face in accompaniment to her incessant chatter. My girl chatters when she’s nervous.

Now fifteen, she was going to her prom last night. That was her first socially sanctioned date. She couldn’t help but be nervous.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: My worlds colliding. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 February) -- “Oh, so you’re raising demons and ghosts,” said the birthday boy about my current deployment at a rehab facility.

“And hoping to lay them to rest,” I replied, fingers crossed.

Lately, it just feels like I’m drowning.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The peacebuilder takes command. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) -- At midmorning on Sunday, 25 January 2009, in his first address as commanding general of the Eastern Mindanao Command, MGen. Raymundo B. Ferrer quoted Bruce Clark on why a soldier is given rank. Rank is given, he said, to serve those below and those above. It is not given as a license to exercise idiosyncrasy.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The call of the kudyapi. By Gail Ilagan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January)-- “There’s an American waiting for you, Ma’m,” Albert greeted me as I came through the door of my basement office. I nodded my thanks and strode over to my workspace to find a giant of a man rooting around my bookshelves.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: What price love?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) -- Science has a way of dissolving the magic to our experience. It was with a trace of regret that I exited from my Sociology of Marriage and the Family class the day before Valentine's Day. My syllabus picked that day for the class to be discussing theories of love, and I think I ended up demolishing some of my students' sentimental delusions.


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/8 Feb) -- My counseling practice is limited to crisis situations, usually immediately in the wake of psychological trauma or sexual violation. I don't do counseling on demand, which some say is a strange way to go about the practice of my profession.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Tell it to the Marines

DAVAO CITY -- Job hazard. But when an organization behaves out of character, it puts a social psychologist on the alert. When members of that organization are allowed to behave out of character and with impunity, the social psychologist's alarm bells turn deafening.

WAYWARD & FANCIFUL: Honor in battle

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) -- Perhaps expecting to find a sympathetic, nonjudgmental ear, some people have been telling me lately how their views of the military have changed radically. Not my doing. It had to do with their encounters in the last few years with the military in the conduct of their development work. Maybe they come to me because it has never been a secret that I view our men with respect. Nor has it been a secret that I hit them hard on this column when I see them not living up to the code of conduct in service.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Who killed Janjalani?

Who killed Cock Robin?
“I,” said the Sparrow.
“With my bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin.” 

Who saw him die?
“I,” said the Magpie.
With my little eye, I saw him die.

Who caught his blood?
“I,” said the Fish.
“With my little dish, I caught his blood.”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Jan) -- Early last September, I got a confirmation from some warm bodies from the First Scout Ranger Regiment of the Philippine Army that they would come to my book launch scheduled for the 11th. Well, some of them actually did. They got in two hours after the launch. They got delayed, they said, because they had to wait out the outcome of troop engagement in Jolo that day.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Police brutality?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 January) -- Remember Jack Nicholson's rant as the script churned out the denouement to the court martial proceedings on A Few Good Men, that film where the legend shared billing with upstarts Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, and Demi Moore? I wish my friend Elcid Ablang were around to run that rousing monologue by me again.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Hard driving men

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) --  Quite a few figured in my deep, dark past. I don't know too many hard driving men these days though. Truth is, I haven't known one in a long, long time.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The young and the dead

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / January 19) -- "Ma'am, is there really an increase in the incidence of youth suicide or is it just a perception I'm getting?"

We were about to start class on gender roles in marriage, but Ferdie wanted to clear up some confusion over something he has been seeing with increasing frequency in the papers.

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: In small daily doses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Jan) -- Nope, this is not strictly a reaction to MLQ3's blog. And especially not to his entry posted on November 16 last year. Jeez, I only saw that earlier last night in between meetings when I had the time to clean up my cluttered email. Someone had thoughtfully sent me the link so many weeks ago.


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/3 Jan) -- Like I should be so scay-yurd.

Hours before they broke convicted rapist Lance Corporal Smith out of the Makati City Zoo – er, Jail, MindaNews dispatched my comment on unseemly dalagang Pilipina behavior at the bars. That article earned the ire of a lot of baby girls who take no pride to be Filipina.