Author Archives: DON J. PAGUSARA

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!

6 years ago

Today’s View: A show of sheer arrogance

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Today’s View: A show of sheer arrogance

By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

The behavior of the Comelec district attorney is not surprising. Certain public officials, thinking that the little authority invested in their official position, also grant them the license to be arrogant. They act like little emperors or empresses over their little dominions or “turfs.”

6 years ago

Today’s View: Endorsement, anyone?

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By DON J. PAGUSARA

Davao Today

Clearly, this practice of bestowing endorsement to electoral candidates reveals a condition of uninformed electorate.  For why should voters base their judgment on the endorsement of someone if they are knowledgeable of the faculties and qualities of the candidates?  Is this not a revelation of the ignorance of the citizenry about the politics of their country or about the competence of the political aspirants?