Author Archives: DON J. PAGUSARA

6 years ago

Today’s View: A Story from the Hearth

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Today’s View: A Story from the Hearth

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Education in this country is an elitist enterprise that caters only to the thin stratum of the upper middle classes who can afford, but subjects the grassroots to a buwad smell of literacy enough for them to be able to write the names of politicians in elections. 

6 years ago

Today’s View: This Land is Mine

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Today’s View: This Land is Mine

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

The political gods and landlords and other would-be gods of this society that subject the vast majority of the Filipino people to penury to be third class citizens of this country are the ones privileged to sing to the high heavens their hearts bursting with greed and profiteering schemes This land is mine, God gave this land to me.

6 years ago

Today’s View: Where my home is

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Today’s View: Where my home is

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

My linguistic homecoming has made a remarkable impact on my growth as a celebrator of Lumad literature.  It couldn’t be otherwise.  The noble expression and stories of Mindanao’s Lumad peoples can only be written and told in the language most akin to their experiences and reality. 

6 years ago

Today’s View: Sweet enslavement, Part 2

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Today’s View: Sweet enslavement, Part 2

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Unknown to the Filipino people, their love for and devotion to the English language carries with it an adoration of all things and stuffs associated with the language.  Truly, we have fallen into the cultural trap of loving everything English.  Or everything that comes with the language of the Americans.

6 years ago

Today’s View: Sweet enslavement

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Today’s View: Sweet enslavement

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Maybe, the deplorable circumstance of history, making us enslaved to a foreign language and culture, would hold sway for many generations yet to come.  And this certainly constitutes one of the fundamental elements that hold back our movement forward to progress, especially to freedom from poverty.

6 years ago

Today’s View: Merchants of deceit

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Today’s View: Merchants of deceit

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

The campaign is reduced to a purely ego-tripping affair, making use of advertising and marketing strategies designed for winning the contest at all costs.  It is not a venue for informing and mobilizing the people for a discernment of particular social illnesses which have been there for so long.

6 years ago

Today’s View: From flower to fruition

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Today’s View: From flower to fruition

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Today, the relentless struggles by the current activists and revolutionaries manifest a continuing cultivation of this counter-consciousness.  It is a matter of conviction and commitment of these new and arising forces to let this counter-consciousness bloom to fullness and fruition.  The cultural activist blooms wherever he/she is planted!