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By Elson T. Elizaga

Elson T. Elizaga, 2014For years, I’ve been writing for newspapers and other publications. Oftentimes, after my articles are printed, I would feel the need to revise some of them.  So, I decided to make a website that would contain the revisions.

The articles vary in subject and style. Some are products of research and have a formal tone, like my description of how I reduced the weight of my children's school bags. Others are casual. 

This diversity partly reveals my experience. I was a student in Mass Communication for two years in Silliman University. Then I shifted to A.B. major in creative writing, with journalism subjects for my electives.

Basic research was a requirement in Silliman, and I was fortunate to be in the class of the brilliant professor Judith Amistoso. My initial proposal was to study dinosaurs but she discouraged me from pursuing it because she believed the references about them in the library were insufficient. But she approved the alternative sharks. Years later, the skills she gave me would culminate in the identification of the first recorded megamouth in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The article was translated into German.

I had various jobs after graduation teacher in English composition at Xavier University, ethnographic researcher of the Research Center and Educational Management Center of De La Salle University, and information officer of the Department of Trade and Industry of Region 10.

As I had no academic training in ethnography, I was guided by the anthropologist Dr. Jonathan Okamura. From 1983 to 1985, I spent most of my time in the Hanunuo Mangyan village of Umabang in Oriental Mindoro, walking barefooted and wearing the traditional loincloth (bahag).

After I left the government, I concentrated on making photos for business firms. Some of my clients were The Stoneware Pottery, Duka Bay Resort, and A Brown Company, Inc. During this time, our city was shaken by the damage of the Huluga archaeological because of a city government road project. Friends led by anthropologists Dr. Antonio J. Montalván II and Dr. Erlinda Burton also an archaeologist then organized the Heritage Conservation Advocates (HCA). As secretary of this organization, I wrote extensively about the event; a major narrative is about the violation of archaeological ethics by government archaeologists.

TambaraIn 2008, Tambara published my article, "The Battle to save the Huluga archaeological site". Tambara "is a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal of science and the humanities of Ateneo de Davao University." In 2022, two of my poems and one short story got printed in Kalandrakas, a massive, two-volume anthology edited by Dr. Ricardo M. De Ungria and published by Ateneo de Manila University Press. The story is a revision of the one in the defunct journal Jose. End


Published July 29, 2017. Updated October 7, 2023.

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