Tag: PAR Kalinga

Feb 04 2016

PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING

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Twinkle Alngag Bautista is the full-time missionary sent by PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. to establish Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities in the Cordillera Region. She is also tasked to manage the Coffee For Peace operations in this region as the inclusive development component of PAR.

Two Kalinga tribes — the Sumacher Tribe and the Naneng Tribe — have invited Joji and me to become a ceremonial part of their people. This is equivalent to becoming both a spiritual member of the tribe and becoming a ‘naturalized citizen’ of the community.

 

Being embraced by the loving and caring tribal community is both a privilege and a responsibility. The Alngag Clan from the Sumacher Tribe extended their invitation two years ago. Twinkle Alngag Bautista, one of their daughters, introduced us to her immediate family. When her grandmother embraced Joji as part of the family, we became a part of the clan through a sort of ‘matriarchal declaration’. That opened the door for Twinkle to bridge the development of a personal relationship between us and her uncles and aunts.

 

My most previous trip to Kalinga was like a biblical ‘koinonia’ where life and resources have been mutually shared in the power and energy of the Spirit. I will not forget a conversation between me and Twinkle in front of her family while planning for a 1,100 meters above sea level hike up to their tribal village.

 

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These beautiful people are part of the Alngag Clan from the Sumacher Tribe in Upper Kalinga. We were having family dinner in a hotel restaurant in Tabuk City.

 

“You know, I left my jacket and sleeping bag back home,” I said, with a bit of anxiety.

 

Her answer was so assuring: “But you’re here. This is your home. We have all your needs in Kalinga!”

 

I’m home in Kalinga! What a privilege!

 

And as in any other cultural contexts, being home is also a responsibility.

 

One morning, I was having breakfast with another member of PAR Kalinga. His name is Pullan Albert. (Yes, Albert. Their American surname which they got during the American attempt to occupy the Cordilleras, is another story in another blog.) Pullan and I gradually became like brothers in the two years since he attended our PAR Seminar. He made a proposal during our breakfast: “Kuya Dann, would you consider becoming a part of Naneng Tribe through a traditional ceremony.”

 

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Joji and I were welcomed by Pullan and Chayong Albert in their home at Patiking, Tabuk City, Kalinga. They showed us how to put on their traditional attire to help us experience Naneng hospitality.

 

“What would that normally mean?” I respectfully asked.

 

“You would be regarded as a member of my clan and the tribe will embrace you as really one of us,” he answered.

 

“During the time when the Naneng Tribe is at war against another tribe,” I continued, “what is expected of me?”

 

He paused for a moment. Then he said, “You will have to be loyal to our tribe.”

 

“That means I have to fight Naneng’s enemy tribe, right?”

 

“Yes. But you can also be Naneng Tribe’s peace negotiator,” he replied. “You are still considered loyal to the tribe if you negotiate on our behalf.”

 

“So no one would force me,” I was expecting to be assured, “to use weapons against an enemy tribe?”

 

“If that becomes a part of our elders’ understanding about your becoming a member of the Naneng Tribe, yes,” he tentatively assured me, “no one would force you to use weapons of war against our enemy tribe.”

 

I gave my conditional ‘Yes’ until I hear from the elders.

 

Peacebuilding is relationship-building. And relationships always entail both privileges and responsibilities.

 

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PBCI-CFP Davao and Bukidnon invited both representatives of the Alngag and Albert families to Davao for PAR training and coffee business training. Here, we were enjoying lunch together in a beach resort in Samal Island, Davao del Sur.

 

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Jul 10 2015

PAR KALINGA HAS A LIFE OF ITS OWN, AND IT’S GROWING!

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PAR Kalinga: Harmony with the Creator, with our being, with others, and with the creation

What’s happening within and around the Kalinga Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community has been a long time harmonization of the various aspirations and works of individuals, clans, and tribes who are faithful to pursue their struggle for liberation based on justice and peace.

We, at PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee For Peace, are simply walking with these faithful advocates and leaders. We will listen, and listen, and listen until we are able to have a glimpse of what the Creator has been doing in and among them as a people, of what the Creator is presently doing to liberate them as a people, and of what the Creator will be doing to transform them according the Creator’s will and design for the Kalinga land and people.

We are grateful for the permission the Kalinga people are giving us to journey with them.

 

 

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Nov 08 2014

KALINGA PAR COMMUNITY IS BORN!

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We were invited by a group of tribal leaders in Kalinga Province to share our the Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles being advocated by PeaceBuilders Community.

The first segment of our Kalinga journey were spent in various tribal communities to get to get initial experience of the places, the people, and the various cultures in this province.

 

 

The second segment of our journey was invested in PAR teaching:

We facilitated a PAR Orientation and Vision Sharing. This two-day introductory seminar generated much agenda for a possible peace and reconciliation movement among these community leaders in Kalinga.

The two-day event concluded with a questionnaire that Twinkle prepared. Those questions would be discussed in the respective communities who were represented in this initial seminar.

Below are some images of those exciting two days in Tabuk, Kalinga:

 

Finally, we were invited to participate in a celebration, review, and renewal of peace pact between two tribes:

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Sep 03 2014

PBCI CONTINUES TO JOURNEY WITH THE KALINGA FIRST NATION

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These are the members of the PBCI visiting team who travelled around Kalinga Province during the last week of August 2014. L-R: Clifford (transporter), Letty Alngag (Tala’s Aunt, host), Zangie Chulhi (Tala’s cousin, guide), Joji Pantoja (PBCI Chief Operating Officer), Tala Alngag Bautista (PAR proponent), Rebecca Alngag (Tala’s mother and PAR host), and Salome Haldemann (PBCI staff, PAR documentor). Photo by Malou Alngag.

Through the visionary leadership of Twinkle “Tala” Alngag Bautista, the Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) movement is being nurtured among the indigenous people in the northern mountains of the Philippines called Kalinga.

:: In 12-16 April 2010, Dann Pantoja felt a need to travel to Tabuk City, the capital of Kalinga Province, to get to know the Kalinga people.  There, he was given a whole morning to dialogue with the Matagoan Bodong Consultative Council (MBCC), which, according to Arlene Ethel Odiem of the city mayor’s office, was “the peace and reconciliation elders of the Kalinga people.”  Dann was also aware that his colleague, Jonathan Rudy of Mennonite Central Committee, had already been there and had, in fact, conducted a series of peacebuilding seminars among those leaders.  But still, Dann strongly felt “there is something existential that connects PBCI and the Kalinga people” which he was not able to describe at that time.

:: In June 2010, Dann & Joji Pantoja met Hart and Ginny Wiens, a Canadian missionary couple to the Philippines who served with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL).  Hart and Jenny were from a Mennonite background.  They lived with the Kalinga people for 20 years and helped translate the New Testament in a Kalinga language.  In the last week of January 2011, the Wiens led the Pantojas through a nine-hour hike to Asibanglan, a Kalinga community where the Weins used to live.  There, the Pantojas were invited by the tribal elders to start a coffee livelihood program within the PAR framework.  After a few months, PBCI sent Kriz Cruzado and Regina Mondez to conduct an introductory seminar on PAR and Coffee For Peace.

:: In 30-31 May 2011, PBCI was requested by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) to conduct PAR Facilitators Training among their youth leaders who were involved in social action.  Among those youth leaders was Tala—a young Kalinga lady who finished a bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines.

:: In 07 November 2011, Tala was accepted into the two-year training program with PeaceBuilders School of Leadership (PBSL).  She showed high interest and performance in theological reflection, social analysis, and field work.  She particularly excelled as a field team leader doing actual PAR community development in one of the most critical areas in Mindanao.

:: In 23 December 2013, Tala moved back among the Kalinga people to fulfill her calling to advance biblical justice, peace, and reconciliation starting from her home tribe.  “Becoming a missionary, “ she said, “had been my dream since I was five years old.”

:: In 26-29 August 2014, Tala invited Joji Pantoja to Sumacher, her home tribe in Kalinga.  Tala’s family and tribe adopted Joji as one of their daughters.  “When the sisters was putting the welcome necklace,” Joji testified, “I was almost in tears for their open arms.”  During that time, the Sumacher Tribe expressed their desire to become the initial PAR Community in Kalinga.

 

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talaTWINKLE “TALA” ALNGAG BAUTISTA
Consultant, Economic-Ecological Transformation
Strategic Adviser, Indigenous People’s Worldview, Society, History, and Culture

tala@peacebuilderscommunity.org

We call her Tala – the Pilipino term for star.  Tala is a proud member of the Kalinga First Nation and celebrates the fact that she belongs to the Indigenous People: “I’m an IP.”  She’s a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. At an early age, she dreamed to be a missionary. Now that she’s part of PeaceBuilders Community, she testifies with much excitement that she is a Peacebuilding Missionary!

Asked about her passion as a Peacebuilding Missionary: “I believe in the wealth of the indigenous knowledge… I dream of IPs rejoicing in their cultural heritage without shame, freely sharing the indigenous knowledge with the mainstream–the business world, academe, media, etc. The encouraging thing is, there are already steps done to uphold the IPs. We can build on them.”

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