CHILDHOOD MEMORIES IN THE RICE FIELDS OF SANTA MARIA

This is the rice field in Santa Maria, Laguna where we used to play while the whole community joyfully plant rice in the rainy season or harvest during summer. Though my parents did not have the privilege of doing rice farming, my uncles and aunts allowed me to go with them primarily to play with …

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WE INVITE OUR CANADIAN PARTNERS TO INVEST IN MINDANAO

We are calling investors from among the Mennonite Church Canada to come and see for themselves what is happening in the economy of the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. Our country’s economy remained to be on an upward trend even after the major floods, armed-skirmishes, super-typhoons, storm surge, and earthquake we have experienced in the past …

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DATU SAWAY ON PEACE AND KINSHIP: “GOD IS PLEASED WITH US!”

For the past three years, we have witnessed the growing and deepening reaffirmation of kinship between the Bangsamoro and the Indigenous People (IP) of Mindanao.We first met local Moro and IP leaders during one of the peace conferences we attended in 2007. Prominent among the IP leaders was Datu Migketay Victorino Saway. We call him Datu …

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A PERSONAL REFLECTION ON THE 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EDSA PEOPLE POWER

I was there! I was with millions of Filipinos who participated in the people’s movement in 22-25 February 1986 along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) to bring down the brutal dictatorship of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, Sr., (who is the father of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.). Since then, the event was referred to as the …

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GLOBAL MENNONITE COMMUNITY EMBRACED US THROUGH JACK & IRENE SUDERMAN

The visit of Jack and Irene Suderman in Mindanao last 13-20 February 2014 was to us an embrace of our global Mennonite community. Our whole team have been immersed in the Haiyan disaster response since the 9th of November 2013. Our intense activities include: Emergency search and rescue operations for pastors and families in Ormoc …

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REVIEWING LIFE-PRIORITY, PREVIEWING LIFE-STORY

“Seek first the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness and all these things shall be added to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God…” Seeking to set one’s priorities in life based on a perspective of reality governed in accordance with God’s character–love, justice, truth, righteousness, mercy, and peace. “…and God’s …

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MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III

I came across this photo by Rappler — an online news outfit in the Philippines — asking the readers: Do you have any birthday wishes for him? My wish for President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is to really be sincere in acting out his original ideas against corruption. But he is merely dealing with the symptoms of corruption. …

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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