Tag: Datu Vic

Apr 02 2015

DATU MIGKETAY OF TALAANDIG FIRST NATION IS NOW PBCI CONSULTANT

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25 March 2015, Talaandig Ancestral Territory, Barangay Sungko, Municipality of Lantapan, Province of Bukidnon.

I’m so happy that Datu Victorino Migketay Saway is now our Senior Consultant for the Right to Self-Determination of the Indigenous Peoples at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI). His plaque of recognition is presented here by Willard Metzger (Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada) and Dann Pantoja (President of PBCI). This celebration featured Matt Epp, a Canadian singer and song writer who played music with the Talaandig artists.

PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee for Peace has been working with the Talaandig First Nation since 2007 in the areas of peace-building, fair trade, and cross-cultural understanding.

In February 12, 2012, we celebrated this partnership and formalized it through a ritual offered to the Creator — known to Hebrew writers as ELOHIM, to New Testament writers as THEOS, to the Talaandig people as MAGBABAYA, to the Muslim as ALLAH, and to the Western Christians as GOD.

In the Talaandig worldview, every aspiration, action, event, or project starts with spirituality. That’s how we, at PeaceBuilders Community, look at the world too. We start with the many common grounds with other cultures. We engage in honest, transparent, and relational dialogue when we encounter differences in our worldviews.

In all things, our relationship with the Talaandig people is grounded in the unconditional love of God.

PBCI continues to nourish this relationship that is framed within God’s justice and peace.

 

My reflections after this presentation:

  • I will praise and worship the Creator of all mankind for revealing the DivineSelf through various ways in every people groups and cultures;
  • I choose to continually be mentored by the wise perspectives of their elders like Datu Victorino Saway;
  • I choose to listen more as our community learn and walk with the First Nations in their journey in advancing their right to self determination;
  • I am determined to stand with the First Nations as they protect and nourish their respective Ancestal Domains.

 

 

 

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Mar 08 2014

DATU SAWAY ON PEACE AND KINSHIP: “GOD IS PLEASED WITH US!”

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Datu Migketay Victorino Saway is a respected elder in the Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus (MPC). MPC envisions a suitable and peaceful coexistence among Bangsamoro, Indigenous Peoples and Christian settler communities in Mindanao.

For the past three years, we have witnessed the growing and deepening reaffirmation of kinship between the Bangsamoro and the Indigenous People (IP) of Mindanao.

We first met local Moro and IP leaders during one of the peace conferences we attended in 2007. Prominent among the IP leaders was Datu Migketay Victorino Saway. We call him Datu Vic. He is the Founding President of Apu Agbibilin Community, Inc. He is also a visionary leader who is seeking to bridge the divide between his people’s sacred tradition and the new world. In this bridging leadership context, he hopes to help harmonize the traditional and the modern perspectives of reality towards peace and development. Datu Vic effectively communicated his vision during his project presentation at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). I was one of his guests at the AIM in Makati, one of Manila’s business centers, when he presented his project:

Reaffirming the Traditional Peace Pacts in Mindanao

This project aims to gain support from individual leaders of the tribe for GPH-MILF peace agreement by threading ideas and opinion based on elements and principles of traditional peace pacts. It will involve second-liners/youth leaders in the process and looks forward to having a symbolic conference/celebration sealing the pact with the MILF on covered territories. Involving the youth will help mainstream tribal/traditional philosophies and approaches to peace.

Because of Datu Vic’s mentorship, we, at Peacebuilders Community and Coffee For Peace, have also learned a lot about indigenous conflict transformation processes. This learning relationship eventually led to the formal ceremony of our peacebuilding partnership with the Talaandig people, Datu Vic’s tribe, who are key in spearheading the kinship reaffirmation between IP and Muslim tribes.

This IP-Moro Kinship is governed by the following customary laws:

  • Kilalaha. Mutual recognition and respect
  • Sayuda. Mutual sharing of information
  • Buliga. Cooperation
  • Uyaga. Mutual protection of life
  • Pabatunbatuna. Mutual obligation to lift up the weak

Last Saturday, 08 March 2014, we witnessed again the reaffirmation of this beautiful IP-Moro kinship. It was organized by the Talaandig community led by Datu Vic and was facilitated by the Mindanao Peoples CaucusThese kinds of celebrations always begin with a ritual offered to the Creator — known to Hebrew writers as Elohim, to New Testament writers as Theos, to the Talaandig people as Magbabaya, to the Islamic believers as Allah, and to the Western Christians as God.

In the Talaandig worldview, every aspiration, action, event, or project starts with spirituality. That’s how we, at PeaceBuilders Community, look at the world too. We start with the many common grounds with other cultures. But every time we encounter differences in our worldviews, we engage in honest, transparent, and relational dialogue.

The Moro-IP Kinship Reaffirmation was a whole day of mutual recognition and respect expressed in rituals, dialogue, dancing, catching-up with friends, updating each other about peace building activities, playing drums, and having meals together.

During our lunch, I decided to take some videos. My intention was just to record the rhythm of the drums, the fellowship, and the food. But Datu Vic voluntarily shared the joy flowing from his heart in front of the camera: “Masayang masaya tayo ngayon… Nasisisyahan ang Dios sa atin! Masaya ang Dios!” (We are very, very happy right now… God is pleased with us! God is happy!”)

Indeed, making God happy is the very reason why we’re here in the first place. Being a peacebuilding missionary couple is all about making God happy!

In all things, our relationship with the Talaandig people is grounded in the unconditional love of God.

We praise the Creator for all these generous permission by these people groups to allow us to journey with them as we all seek genuine just-peace in Mindanao.

To God be all the glory!

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Feb 12 2012

WE FORMALIZED OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TALAANDIG TRIBE

PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee for Peace has been working with the Talaandig First Nation for the past three years in the areas of peace-building, fair trade, and cross-cultural understanding.

Last Sunday, February 12, 2012, we celebrated this partnership and formalized it through a ritual offered to the Creator — known to Hebrew writers as YHWH, to New Testament writers as THEOS, to the Talaandig people as MAGBABAYA, to the Muslim as ALLAH, and to the Western Christians as GOD.

In the Talaandig worldview, every aspiration, action, event, or project starts with spirituality. That’s how we, at PeaceBuilders Community, look at the world too. We start with the many common grounds with other cultures. We engage in honest, transparent, and relational dialogue when we encounter differences in our worldviews.

In all things, our relationship with the Talaandig people is grounded in the unconditional love of God.

 

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