DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Aug) -- In celebration of its 30th year of service to the Southern Mindanao community, the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI) put together its first research journal dedicated to health research and development. Last June, the editorial board invited me to sit as editorial consultant on this maiden trip to the printing press. This is not the first time for me to work with DMSFI. Last year, we also helped them put together a magazine to showcase the endeavors of the Institute of Primary Health Care. That opportunity introduced me to the ongoing efforts for community health development that need to be documented. Their enthusiasm for the project got to me, and because I am eternally curious as to what others are doing, I agreed. In particular, I wanted to see if a creditable journal could be put out from scratch and on a shoestring budget in less than seven weeks.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) -- Some time back when I was still somewhat in touch with the rest of the world, a virtual acquaintance on the alibata e-forum wrote to the effect that a society's view of women is reflected in how it accepts gays. In our society today where to be out of the closet does not any more carry the kind of social stigma it did two generations back, I guess it implies that women are actually exalted in our time. Seen in that light, it makes sense why now we got a lot more guys singing "This boy has turned into a woman.”
The world's most famous political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, who was to spend almost 30 years in prison before being released in the early 1990s, was incarcerated there.
DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hulyo 22) -- June 5, 2006 migawas ang artikulo alang sa usa ka pregnant cashier sa NCCC Mall sa Davao City. Usa ka paghinuklog sa kahimtang sa usa ka babaye sulod ug palibot sa iyang gitrabahoan. Usa ka kahimtang nga diin dili kaayo mahatagan ug pagtagad tungod kay ang uban milantaw lamang nga ang pagbuntis sa usa ka babaye natural lang ug dili angayan taagan og kabug-aton dili pareha sa kabug-aton sa sala sa usa ka politiko nga naglimbong sa eleksyon aron lang madeklara nga madaugon.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) -- Whoever started this talk about teachers being second parents to their students surely meant that to apply only to the orphans who sit in their class. No fit parent needs a second. It would do teachers a world of good to concentrate on being teachers and being the best they could be at it rather than diffuse their efforts by holding down distracting multiple tasks, some of which are really uncalled for and totally unnecessary. I think it is presumptuous of teachers to assume the role of second parents. It is, at the very least, an insult to real parents.
DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hulyo 15) -- “Kinaiyahan ug kinabuhi sa tawo usa ra, kung ang kinaiyahan namiligro, namiligro usab ang kinabuhi sa tawo busa kini atong panalipdan kay bugtong kining gasa sa kahitas-an.”
Sa atong inadlaw-adlaw nga kinabuhi, daghan butang ang kasagaran malikay sa atong pagtagad usa na niini mao ang atong palibot. Bisan asa kita motan-aw napalibutan sa atong kalasangan, kabukiran, ug katubigan. Apan ang pangutana aduna pa bay nahibilin niini? Dako tinuod ang problema sa atong kinaiyahan sa pagakakaron. Sa ingon niining kahimtang aduna pa bay maabutan sa mga mosunod nga generasyon? Dili ba aduna man kitay ahensya sa goberno nga mao ang DENR
kon Department of Environment and Natural Resources nga maoy nangalaga niini?
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 July) --As war in Mindanao again threatens to break wide open following a seemingly last-ditch attempt of the current administration to keep the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) loyal to it, it is perhaps fitting that we reflect on the effects of war on the ones who wish it least. Oh, yes, children wish it least. Ask the surviving Lost Boys of Sudan. Most of the data that follow were taken from the studies done by Geraldine Janier-Arendain and Andy Villa on children caught in armed conflict situations in Cotabato and in the Paquibato district, this city.
Eight-year-old Sage's voice whispered with hushed excitement against my ear. I could smell her sweet hair as she nuzzled me gently awake. I cracked one eye open in the predawn light and reached out an arm to draw her close. She rewarded me with a snuggle.
"Look out the window, Mom."
DAVAO CITY -- Don't look now, but Baby Boy Smith wants the judge to believe that he must be one hell of a lover. He has a hard time fighting off women who can't wait to get a piece of him. They're falling all over him like a ton of bricks. For his security, he has to have with him three buddies at least - products of the Marines boot camp where boys are turned into strapping men - to help him fight off sex-crazed females who can't keep their hands off his mouth-watering body. Smith really doesn't want to be treated like a sex object with all the inconvenience that go with it. See him go around with a condom to protect himself. Okay, you convinced us, boy. Go convince the judge.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 June) -- Fellow MindaViews columnist Elson Elizaga, serious artist, unintended humorist (most times anyway), and unflinching activist for cultural heritage conservation, recently emailed me a thank you. In explanation, he gave me back my own words to haunt me:
To write is to be all consumingly self-absorbed. To go public is to set yourself up in the line of unfriendly fire from those out on a moral crusade who won't be able to take the shape of your soul. But in the end, you get to claim who you are. And that, I think, is all that matters.
CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/06 June) -- Driving from Opol on our way to do a photographic project at Museo de Oro, my palalabs and I were caught in a traffic jam of Biblical proportion at the highway along RER subdivision. To conserve gas, I switched off the ignition, but when I slid down the windows to get our quota of oxygen -- aacck! -- we got carbon monoxide instead.
When I saw the pregnant cashier named Delhia Jamil at the wine section stretching her legs while doing her job on May 22, nobody noticed it, not even the management of NCCC Mall of Davao City.
TAGUIG CITY (MindaNews/02 June) -- Proponents of Charter change aggressively campaign for the shift to Parliamentary and Federalism. To gain support and appeal to the Moro people of Mindanao a Federal Bangsamoro state is alloted for them.
The GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) negotiating panel in the peace process emphasizes the need to change the Constitution to accommodate the demands of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) that will reflect in their imagined peace agreement this year.
By Gail Ilagan/MindaNews
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) -- ADDU math professors Gina Lapaza-Montalan and Evelyn Beatisula share one thing in common -- they cannot do automatic arithmetic operations. Evelyn says she has to use a calculator. Gina says she can't beat the vendor at mentally computing how much she needs to pay or how much change she's got coming at the wet market. And yet, Evelyn gets to heaven lost in the beauty of higher math. Some years back, I audited graduate school statistics under Gina, and I can attest that she is the best math teacher I've ever had. She makes math so understandable, bringing up her students' ability to make appropriate judgment on the tools to use given the objective. She can do that because she really understands math.
(Speech delivered before the 23rd Buklod Atenista Leaders' Summit on 24 May 2006).
DAVAO CITY (Gail Ilagan/MindaNews/25 May) -- It is a distinct pleasure to address the 23rd Buklod Atenista Leaders' Summit and see bright young people come together to draw a measure of their shared reality. Community building begins with the individuals' acknowledgment of being party to a common experience and seeking to understand what the nature of that experience is in order to clarify and define one's involvement and commitment to leadership.