Category Archives: Personal Views

Catholic Higher Education in the Philippines: A Commitment to Quality Education in the Spirit

[ADDU University Lecture, July 29, 2022.] Our University Celebration of St. Ignatius of Loyola today is occasion for reflection on Catholic Education in the Philippines and how it is a commitment to quality education in the Holy Spirit. Catholic education … Continue reading

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In a VUCA World, “Take Courage, Do Not Be Afraid!”

To Our Students, Prospective Students, and Our Parents: Before the COVID 19 pandemic, there were other pandemics.  When the COVID 19 pandemic finally ends, there will still be pandemics.  It is certain: more pandemics will come.  Uncertain is only how … Continue reading

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Fasting for Peace in Ukraine and in Our World on Ash Wednesday

Pope Francis has asked that this Ash Wednesday be a day of fasting and prayer for peace.  Through fasting we are asked to pray for conversion from the violence, death and danger to all of a devastating war that Russia … Continue reading

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Happy Feast of All Saints!

[1 November 2021] On this Feast of All Saints we can think of all the saints in heaven – all those who through their lives of faith on earth are witnesses to the saving power of God.  “Since we are … Continue reading

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Questions to Presidential Candidates from Mindanao

[Mindanao Consortium of Ateneos (MCA) Press Briefer, 13 October 2021] Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) is happy to join Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro (XU) in the revival of our consortium, which we … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom in the Philippines. Notes.

Academic freedom for higher education institutions is provided by the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines:  “Academic freedom shall be enjoyed in all institutions of higher learning” (Art. XIV. Sec. 5.2). The provision is self-executory.  It does not require an enabling … Continue reading

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Anti-COVID 19 Vaccination: Save [for] yourself, save others

As the newly discovered vaccines make their journey to the Philippines, let us accept that it will take some time before they turn into life-saving vaccinations in our people’s arms. It is good news that steps have been taken for … Continue reading

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We Stand United for the Integrity of God’s Creation in Mindanao

Our world with its mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, dry lands and wetlands, our mountains in South Cotabato, our fertile rice fields in the lowlands, are gifts entrusted to us for the good of all humankind by a loving … Continue reading

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Control Space for Internet Democracy – Today!

We agree we need more Internet connectivity and speed.[1] The DICT’s National Broadband Plan intends to improve the fiber optic spine of the country to bring us more connectivity and speed – next year.  1B of an estimated 10B project … Continue reading

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Urgent Need to Increase Internet Connectivity and Speed

At the beginning of the quarantines, Mayor Sara Duterte mandated all schools in Davao to go online.  ADDU complied, and has meanwhile declared that online education is not only a stopgap measure for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but … Continue reading

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