Joji & Dann Pantoja are beginning to use their Tagalog indigenous name — "Lakambini Mapayapa & Lakan Sumulong" — as they seek to practice peace and reconciliation principles in the armed conflicted areas in the Philippines. For them, "Lakambini & Lakan" is a statement that their indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing their ‘being’ — that is, who they are as community members of particular ethno-linguistic groups who are in a journey-of-healing from the wounds of colonial oppression. "Lakambini & Lakan" also helps them symbolize their determination to contribute to what they believe, as a people, ought to be ‘doing’ — that is, active, non-violent, radical transformation. Finally, "Lakambini & Lakan" is a statement of determination how they view their priorities on what they and their small organization will be ‘having’ — that is, hope-filled communities practicing inclusive development based on justice and peace.
2022 was like seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. We felt we were getting out of the darkness of 2020-2021 paralyses due to Covid. Joji was able to visit and bond with our three adult children and eight grandchildren last Fall. They bring so much joy to our lives. Meanwhile, the operations of Coffee for Peace (CFP) in the context of the new realities are being appreciated by the global social enterprise community. The Field Operations Team of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) revived our on-the-ground projects with various community partners. With both the PBCI Board of Trustees and the CFP Board of Directors, we reviewed the past 16 years of justice-based peace and reconciliation ministry in Mindanao and we all agreed that this Philippine ministry is now entering into a leadership transition phase.
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