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Sep 18 2014

TALA IS OUR NEW MISSIONARY TO KALINGA

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“Her sense of creativity cannot be boxed within the programmable cells of MS Excel.” Twinkle “Tala” Bautista and I enjoyed our time together while she’s sharing her dreams for her people starting with her new arabica coffee seedling yard in Kalinga.

We, at PeaceBuilders Community and at Coffee For Peace, have learned to respect Tala as a person who enjoys leading people and who is patient in managing things. She has no trouble talking with people and loves to organize them. When assigned a leadership task, she can anticipate problems and provide solutions even in circumstances that are unpredictable. She works best under pressure; the higher the pressure, the more she’s challenged, and the better the performance she gives.

Tala does not function well in office routines.  Not because she is not able.  She’s so capable.  Her adventurous being doesn’t fit in the air-conditioned Consultants’ Room at the former PeaceBuilders Community Center. Her sense of creativity cannot be boxed within the programmable cells of  MS Excel. The chronos-time that measures efficiency is not enough to handle the kairos-time that energizes her effectiveness.

Twinkle Alngag Bautista was born in 25 September 1986 in a village called Bulanao, Municipality of Tabuk, Province of Kalinga. When she was five years old, she saw on TV a soldier giving a boy to a nun. The boy was a survivor of a natural disaster. “At that moment,” Tala recalled, “I knew deep within me that I wanted to serve other people.”

Later, as a teenager experiencing the struggles of growing pains and seeking to determine what was real and what was not, she said: “The only thing that I was sure of during that time was that I wanted to serve the Lord with all of my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength. I was rock bottom when Jesus showed He was holding me and was close with me all along.”  And thus began “another level of relationship” between Twinkle and her Creator.

In 22 April 2007, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. She’s also a licensed Secondary Education Teacher and an eligible Civil Service Professional. Her internship in Journalism was with ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest media corporation. Her first employment was with the Philippine Information Agency, the communications hub of the Government of the Philippines. Then she went back home to Kalinga to serve at the Cultural Heritage Research Center, Saint Louise College.

It was in December 2011 when Tala became a part of our community. After a one-year field mission in Bukidnon, the Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community in that province was established. In fact, PAR Bukidnon is right now the strongest PAR community in the country.

Just before we released Tala back to her home province, she was assigned to be a part of a PAR teaching team in Zamboanga City in the first week of October 2013, right after the Zamboanga Crisis of 08-28 September. It was there when she was assured that the God who called her is the same God who will ultimately bring Jubilee in this world.

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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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Jan 10 2013

PBCI SHIFTS OPERATION MODE FROM RELIEF TO REHABILITATION

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Arturo Uy (left), Provincial Governor of Compostella Valley, shares with us the typhoon devastated areas declared as geo-hazard zones. I was accompanying Assistant Secretary Rolando Cucio, Office of the President – Republic of the Philippines (standing in front of me), as he was making an assessment of the typhoon-devastated areas along with his technical staff. This is part of the consultation process we’re doing as we make our operational transition from relief to rehabilitation.

In coordination with national, provincial, and local governments, as well as with various non-government organizations, PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) shifted its energies and resources from emergency relief operations to rehabilitation.

Super Typhoon Pablo (international name, Bopha) left Southeastern Mindanao with more than one million families affected and more than a thousand deaths.

The PBCI Rehabilitation Strategic Planning started as early as the first week of January.  We accompanied Mr. Rolando Cucio, (Assistant Secretary of Political Affairs, Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines) and his staff to assess the needs in the areas devastated by Typhoon Pablo.  With the technical assistance of Twinkle Bautista (Leader, Information and Communication Technology Team at PBCI), we listened to local government officials and contributed to strategic planning of some aspects of rehabilitation programs in their respective areas of responsibilities.

In the Province of Compostela Valley, Governor Arturo Uy expressed the need for help in rebuilding homes and in creating livelihood programs.  But his government is faced with challenges as to where the houses are to be rebuilt since many of the areas devastated by the typhoon have been declared as geo-hazard zones.  Governor Uy is now working with various government agencies and non-government organizations in leading the rehabilitation phase in his province.

In the Province of Davao Oriental, Governor Corazon Malanyaon expressed the need for building temporary shelters for thousands of families whose homes were totally destroyed by Pablo.  The coconut plantations in Davao Oriental, the main source of living in the province, were also completely destroyed by the super typhoon.  The provincial government is also working with some international aid organizations and national government agencies in creating new means of livelihood.

PBCI has assigned a full-time community development worker in each of the two provinces hit by Pablo.  They will serve with churches and Christian organizations as consultants in designing comprehensive rehabilitation and development program that would specifically suit the context of the churches’ respective ministry areas.  While the PBCI workers are based among Christian communities, they will also be networking with government agencies and non-government organizations in terms of resource mobilization.

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John Mel Sumatra and David Quico are our new Field Operation Leaders in Compostela Valley Province and Davao Oriental Province respectively. They are graduates of Ateneo de Davao University and served as PBCI volunteers prior to their appointment as full-time staff.

Please pray for John Mel Sumatra (Compostela Valley Province) and for David Quico (Davao Oriental Province), the PBCI Field Operation Leaders who will serve as community development consultants in these typhoon-hit provinces.  They will be staying in their assigned fields for a whole year during this rehabilitation phase of this disaster response.

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Jun 02 2011

YOUTH LEADERS GO FOR TRAINING TO FACILITATE PAR SEMINARS

Standing (L-R): Dann Pantoja, Aki Andaya, Fread De Mesa, Bryan Jay Paler; Sitting (L-R): Twinkle Bautista, Nori Salita, Regina Mondez, Pionel Giray

 

The Executive Committee of the Youth for Social Action (YSA) went through Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Seminar Facilitators’ Training Program. YSA is “an evangelical youth movement committed in creatively engaging society towards social transformation, by providing trainings and venues for direct involvement in grass roots communities–national and global level.”

PeaceBuilders Community Inc (PBCI) facilitated this training program that is committed to biblical, active non-violent, radical transformation of our land that leads to just-peace. This PAR Facilitators’ Training program is offered to church leaders, Christian organization executives, local government officials, military and police officers, and other sectoral leaders across the Philippines.

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches’ PAR Commission (PCEC PARCom) sponsored this particular leaders’ training for the Executive Committee of Youth for Social Action.

May 30-31, 2011. Tagaytay City.

Permanent link to this article: http://waves.ca/2011/06/02/ysa-par-facilitators-training/