Dann Pantoja

Dann Pantoja is beginning to use his Tagalog indigenous name -- Lakan Sumulong. This is a statement that our indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing our 'being' (that is, who we are as a people); help symbolize our determination to contribute what we ought to be 'doing' as a nation (that is--active, non-violent, radical transformation); and, determine how we will prioritize what we will be 'having' (that is, inclusive growth and national development based on justice and peace). Asked what fuels his positive outlook in life: “It’s the influence of Jesus, a first century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: ‘Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’ Jesus defied the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos--death.”

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PBCI-CFP TRIBE PARTICIPATES IN THE 9TH CELEBRATION OF IP-MORO KINSHIP AFFIRMATION

The Inclusive Development Team of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee for Peace (CFP) travelled to the Talaandig Ancestral Territory at the foot of Mt. Kitanglad to celebrate with the Indigenous Peoples and the Bangsamoro in affirming their kinship. The Settlers have been actively participating in this celebration for the past 9 years.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/03/09/pbci-cfp-tribe-participates-in-the-9th-celebration-of-ip-moro-kinship-affirmation/

WE NEED IMPACT INVESTORS TO SUSTAIN STRATEGIC PEACEBUILDING AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT

There is a need to sustain strategic peacebuilding through impact investment. Such investments support social entrepreneurial endeavors that lead towards regenerative and inclusive development. This is how Coffee for Peace (CFP) and PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) operate in synergy.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/02/27/we-need-impact-investors-to-sustain-strategic-peacebuilding-and-inclusive-development/

OUR SPIRITUAL MOTIVATION IN ADVOCATING INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Abundant Life. This is our spiritual basis for inclusive development and our perspective on sustainability. With this understanding of ‘the good life,’ we will intensify our search for excellence to be effective and efficient team who have been entrusted with running and leading PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee for Peace.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/02/12/our-spiritual-motivation-in-advocating-inclusive-development-and-social-entrepreneurship/

THE GLOBAL REALITIES WE’RE FACING AS INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT ADVOCATES

Much of the local conflicts and national crises we’re facing as a faith-based justice advocates and peacebuilding workers are actually immediate manifestations of unjust, long-term, global worldview or ideology that functions like a religion. For our strategic peacebuilding to be effective, we must understand the unjust powers and principalities we’re facing.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/01/24/the-global-realities-were-facing-as-inclusive-development-advocates/

I APPLAUD THE POSITION OF 'CHRISTIANITY TODAY' THAT TRUMP SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE

Finally, a big burden had been lifted from our shoulders! Christianity Today (CT) magazine declared that Donald Trump, who got elected by most white evangelicals, “should be removed from office.” As evangelical Christians working side-by-side in doing justice and peace advocacies with Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, and non religious people, we have been embarrassed by the actions of American evangelicals who have been blindly supporting Trump.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/12/20/i-applaud-the-position-of-christianity-today-that-trump-should-be-removed-from-office/

FILIPINO PEACEBUILDING LEADERS RECEIVE AWARD AT A GLOBAL PEACE FORUM IN UAE

Abu Dhabi, 08-12 December 2019 — Al Haj Ahod ‘Murad’ Ebrahim (Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and Bishop Efraim Tendero (Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance), were honored by H.E. Dr Mohammad Al Kaabi (Chairman of the Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, UAE), and H.E. Abdallah bin Mahfudh ibn Bayyah (President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies) for their inter-faith peacebuilding contributions in southern Philippines.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/12/14/filipino-peacebuilding-leaders-receive-award-at-a-global-peace-forum-in-uae/

OUR FIELD OPERATIONS TEAM STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS

10-13 September 2019. Sihaya Ansibod, our Director of Field Operations, invited me to travel with her team. First, we met with our partners among the Erumanen Ne Menuvu tribe on Mt. Agkir-Agkir. Then we visited the Iranun coffee farmers in Alamada who invited us to market their coffee. Afterwards, we responded to an invitation of a Maguindanao farming community who envisions to develop a Robusta coffee plantation near Ligawasan Marshlands. Finally, we sealed our partnership with the Obo Bagobo coffee farmers in Ilomavis at the foot of Mt. Apo.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/09/14/our-field-operations-team-solidifies-partnership-with-local-community-leaders/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.