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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EVANGELICALS ENGAGE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARIES IN A PEACE DIALOGUE

  09 MARCH 2011. COTABATO CITY—The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) and the Peace Panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held an inter-faith dialogue on the newly-resumed peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF. Bishop Efraim Tendero (PCEC National Director), Bishop John Tayoto (Chairman, PCEC Peace and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2011/03/10/pcec-engages-milf-in-a-peace-dialogue/

MENNONITES LEARNS ABOUT COMMUNITY IMPACT OF PAR IN NUEVA ECIJA

Reported by REGINA MONDEZ, Development Communication Specialist, PeaceBuilders Community On December 2009, Peacebuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) started a project on Disaster Risk Management. After a year, we have already trained one PAR community, consisting of 30 members, in the Province of Nueva Ecija. They were trained for one year in …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2011/02/25/pbci-assesses-community-impact-of-par-ne/

HOPING IN GOD IN THE MIDDLE OF CRISES

by Dann & Joji Pantoja, Richmond, British Columbia Written during those scary days of wrapping up our Canadian life–leaving behind our children, grandchildren, friends, respective careers, and the lifestyle we’ve enjoyed for 20 years–to start a new life in Mindanao, Philippines.  Summer 2005.   “In those days and at that time I will make a righteous …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2011/01/27/hoping-in-god-in-the-middle-of-crises/

PHILIPPINE MILITARY INSTITUTIONALIZES HUMAN RIGHTS IN ITS SYSTEM

There seems to be a transformation happening in the AFP. I say this while fighting my own skepticism and as I determine to be volitionally hopeful. I have no filing system in my heart and mind about these two categories — “Human Rights” and “AFP”. My past experiences with them (many were traumatic) during the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2010/12/18/afp-institutionalizes-human-rights-in-its-system/

INTERACTION WITH THE NEW 1003 IB ARMY COMMANDER

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) was invited to witness the Change of Command Ceremony at the 1003 Infantry Brigade (10th Infantry Division) of the Philippine Army.  It was held last December 6th, 2010 in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas, Province of Davao del Norte. The new Commanding Officer is Col Lysander Suerte. PBCI and Col Suerte …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2010/12/07/interaction-with-the-new-1003-ib-army-commander/

GLOBAL HUNGER AND WORLD PEACE ARE DIRECTLY LINKED

Global hunger and world peace are directly linked. This is the main idea communicated by Muhammad Yunus, the founder and chairman of Grameen Foundation, when he accepted the Norwegian Nobel Prize last Sunday, November 28, 2010: By giving us this prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has given important support to the proposition that peace is …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2010/11/28/global-hunger-and-world-peace/

THE PARADOXICAL LEADER

The organization I’m leading, PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), is going through some exciting, positive changes! It’s during these times of leadership adjustments that I remember my older brother, Rev. Dr. Luis Pantoja II. He went home with The Creator last September 06, 2010 at around 6:00 o’clock in the evening at a resort in Kota …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2010/10/15/272/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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