Author Archives: DON J. PAGUSARA

6 years ago

[PRINTS & TRACES] A Legacy of TRAPO

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[PRINTS & TRACES] A Legacy of TRAPO

A blind musician, Willie, who was a student of the Davao School for the Blind, visited me the other day. He is a good musician, as he could play the guitar, keyboard and could sing. He played the guitar for the theme song of a film I wrote two years ago, which was beautifully sung by his classmate Gaga.

6 years ago

Today’s View: A Birthday Holiday

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Today’s View: A Birthday Holiday

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

My childhood years were filled with random dreams and not-so-intentional glories.  But they come as happenstances with childhood drives and urge to excel in everything — from shatung to basketball, to high jump, to gardening to handicrafts making.  And to give fleshly meaning to parents’ and mentors’ exhortation in the cliché Burn your midnight candle! 

6 years ago

Today’s View: Who needs to be honest?

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Today’s View:  Who needs to be honest?

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Who can be honest?  Rather, who need to be honest and be featured in the news?  It’s the poor!  Never the wealthy and powerful!  They have no need of the glory of publicity or a reward for honesty.  Their position in society is more than rewarding enough!

6 years ago

Today’s View: Liar Dream

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Today’s View: Liar Dream

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Liar, because the speaker is an incorrigible liar and the promises are lies.  Dream, because the people are made to hope and expect “a kingdom come” or “a state of better living” or “a more comfortable life,” or at least a more “humane earthly existence.”  Which never ever comes.  Not today, not tomorrow, not until the end of time!

6 years ago

Today’s View: The Aglipayan Church in my Hometown

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Today’s View: The Aglipayan Church in my Hometown

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

But in the 1970s, at the height of the student movement to which I belonged, I learned about the history of the Aglipayan Church or the Philippine Independent Church founded by Gregorio Aglipay and Isabelo de los Reyes.  I found out, to my remorseful realization, that it was the Church of the Filipino revolutionaries!

6 years ago

Today’s View: A World Class Event

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Today’s View: A World Class Event

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Colonial-mindedness should have been a thing of the past among us Filipinos.  But it seems, the political helmsmen of our government, the educators and cultural policymakers of our society, are just drifting along with the trends set by the Americans.  They should know better than to cater to these hollow circus brands of cultural acts.  These only paint a deprecatory image of ourselves as a people and nation.