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By Elson T. Elizaga
Dr. Erlinda Burton meets with mayor Constantino Jaraula to discuss the possibility of protecting the Huluga archaeological site. Jaraula meets Burton with an artillery bomb on his office table.
The Battle for the Huluga Archaeological Site Tambara 25 (2008), 203-222, Ateneo de Davao University
Blaming Aquino for the Dengvaxia vaccination program Just one day after Sanofi Pasteur issued a health warning to its own product Dengvaxia, some people blamed the past president, Benigno Aquino III, for the botched dengue vaccination program. One critic alleged that Aquino is now responsible for an impending massacre of 700,000 students who have been inoculated with the vaccine.
Never, never sing
Teaching kids critical thinking
False analogy in the time of EJKs
What is the meaning of 'Cagayan'? (Gold Star Daily)
Anti-social media (2) (Gold Star Daily)
The bizarre ideas of Lito Lapid
Anti-social media
Termites attacked
The Chinese connection
Armed and dangerous
Be thankful when nothing happens
The idiot president of Colombia
“Illegal drugs are a matter of national security, but the war against them cannot be won by armed forces and law enforcement agencies alone." -- César Gaviria, former president of Colombia
Summer final exams!
Is Mar Roxas II using a government vehicle?
The Wharton degree of Mar Roxas II
Is Davao City one of the safest?

Child pulling a trolley bag and holding an umbrella while walking on a road.How I reduced the weight of my children's school bags

In India, a four-year-old nursery student named Sarika Singh died after falling from the fourth floor of a building. The Mumbai Mirror reported "She lost her balance because of her heavy school bag ...."

A friend also told me a grade six student named Melanie developed spinal injury because of prolonged carrying of heavy school bag. Melanie became bedridden in 2013. She was a student of Pedro Oloy N. Roa Elementary School in barangay Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro.

A plant that kills, ticks, fleas and mosquito larvas
Our stoneware moat bowls
The Historical and Cultural Omission
Seeking solace in Ridgeview Chalets
I am what Dongkoy is not
Reward for arrest of bomber
The bomb in city hall
Jesus as presenter of evidence
Spies like us
Emano blames flood victims
Evacuees seek shelter in SM City
Officials discount typhoon casualty in Cagayan de Oro
Was Sting moved by trees or threats?
False statements about SM Baguio, LEED and USGBC
Typhoon Sendong hits Cagayan de Oro
The 2009 flood in Cagayan de Oro: findings and recommendations
Defaming an archaeologist in Cagayan de Oro
CCTV cameras in government offices
Noise pollution in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental
The underdogs
Why I look for fossils and artifacts
Propaganda by a student of the Archaeological Studies Program
Constantino Jaraula and the Huluga archaeological site
The forgotten sack
Gissell of the dragon boat
Senate to investigate Huluga sex scandal
The endless search for the nifficult
Selling a sacred mountain
Journalists as cultural terrorists?
A habitation, but unlikely a habitation
The emperor's honorary degree
A tribute to our tax collectors
A letter to the mayor of Norfolk
Fixing our business with the Koreans
The jars of Maitum and the monument of MacArthur
Finding our Chinese kin
Trash archaeology
That's Andres Bonifacio
Coronavirus Park
Violation of the code of ethics of archaeology
Huluga and the president of Spain
Korean golfers and gamblers
Meaning of Cagayan

At the start of the New Millennium I became a member of Alibata, a fiery Yahoo group concerned about Philippine heritage. The owner was a mysterious person named Malachi and the members were argumentative. Eventually, the group self-destructed. But thanks to Malachi, we were able to communicate with the brilliant linguist, Dr. Lawrence A. Reid, Researcher Emeritus of the University of Hawai’i. (He insists on the spelling Hawai’i, not Hawaii.)

It was from Dr. Reid that we learned the meaning of cagayan. Prior to this, I had carried with me the profound suspicion that cagayan might have originated from the Spanish caga, which means manure. Spanish colonizers must have stepped on human excrement – caramba! – on the riverbanks from Luzon to Mindanao because even today, if people dwell on the riverbanks or seashores and they have no septic tank, there we would easily find manure.

The idea was absurd, of course, and I was glad it was scholarly corrected. Otherwise, it would be an insult to be called cagayanon, and Kagayan Festival would be a community health issue.


Residents of Puerto pushing and pulling megamouth 11.The first recorded Megamouth shark in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Primer on Huluga
archaeological site

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