Jul 10 2017

GRATEFUL FOR THE COMPLETION AND PASSING OF MY ‘MASTER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ THESIS

Last 08 July 2017, I passed my thesis for the Master of Entrepreneurship (ME) from the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. The program started in September 2015 and concluded this month, July 2017. The ME program, according to the Graduate School of Business Handbook, “is geared towards honing the entrepreneurial personality.” It fits …

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Jun 29 2017

REFLECTIONS AND ACTION-PLANS AS WE SERVE CIVILIANS IN WAR-TORN MARAWI

The 2017 Marawi Crisis. The initial skirmishes started in the afternoon of 23 May 2017 between Philippine government security forces and the Maute Group, who were joined by the Abu Sayyaf groups, and claimed themselves to be part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The clashes began when elements of the Armed Forces …

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Jun 05 2017

PAR MOVEMENT SPREADS THROUGH WESTERN VISAYAS REGION OF THE PHILIPPINES

PAR is Peace and Reconciliation. PAR is the heart of our ministry. For the past 10 months, Tala Bautista have been working among pastors, church leaders, and community leaders in establishing a Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) community in the Province of Capiz. It started earlier this year when PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) was invited to …

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May 25 2017

MINDANAO MARTIAL LAW: I RESONATE WITH THE VOICE OF MY FELLOW JUST-PEACE ADVOCATES IN MINDANAO

Last 23 May 2017 at at around 2320H PHT, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared Martial Law over all Mindanao. Within minutes, the declaration ignited a debate among netizens. Some favored Martial Law. Some were against it. PeaceBuilders Community soon wrote our perspective on this issue, and resonating with Mindanao PeaceWeavers — the larger network of …

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May 12 2017

A NEW PARTNERSHIP BEGINS BETWEEN “COFFEE FOR PEACE” AND “D’ CUP COFFEE REPUBLIC”

Last 22 April 2017, Elizabeth Bantican-Quevedo — along with her husband Ramon Quevedo and our mutual friend, Donnie Friolo — introduced us to Adette Purto, Chair of D’ Cup Coffee Republic in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. After exchanging our stories during that initial meeting, I felt Adette has been a long-time friend and sister! The similarities …

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May 03 2017

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE IN EGYPT

The impact of the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference in Cairo, Egypt last 27-28 April 2017, on me, was life-changing. It was an opportunity to practice the Great Commandment moment-by-moment and with a deeper understanding. I was given a global context to love Jesus more and to be more faithful to Jesus by embracing and affirming the Other. It …

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Apr 25 2017

MY FRIEND, MAIMAI, AND I ATTENDED THE PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CORDILLERA PEOPLE

Last 23 April 2017, I went to Mount Data — a part of the northern mountain ranges of the Philippines we refer to as The Cordilleras — to attend and help document a meeting between the Cordillera Peoples’ Liberation Army (CPLA) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH). This historic event is one of the series …

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Apr 15 2017

JESUS’ RESURRECTION REVEALS FINAL REALITY

Life, not death. No to kill-culture! Yes to the culture of life. Embrace all who live!   Hope, not despair. The present is Hope. The already; the not-yet – New Reality!   Light, not darkness. Darkness a cocoon, The tomb was really a womb – New Life emerging!   Courage, not fear. Greedy world powers …

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Apr 05 2017

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TEACHING AT AN INTER-SEMINARY SUMMER EXPOSURE PROGRAM

05 April 2017.  Today, I gave a lecture on A Christian Theology of Peace and It’s Application in the Peace Processes in the Philippines as the final activity of a 10-day inter-seminary exposure program on inter-faith dialogue. The audience was primarily a select group of religious and spiritual leaders coming from Mindanao’s Indigenous People, Bangsamoro, …

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Mar 30 2017

THE JOURNEY OF CFP IN THE WORK OF PEACE-AND-RECONCILIATION THROUGH SOCIAL BUSINESS

It is such a privilege to serve God and the people, specifically those who are at the bottom of the economic pyramid, in the area of peacebuilding, through social entrpreneurship.   Coffee and Conflict. Coffee is a good bridge-building factor among conflicted parties. At Coffee for Peace (CFP), we understand conflict as “an expressed struggle …

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