GRATEFUL TO GOD AND COMMUNITY FOR MY MASTER’S DEGREE GRADUATION

I am grateful to the Great Creator for this privilege of going through, and completing, the Master of Entrepreneurship (ME) program from the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. The program started in September 2015 and concluded in July 2017. This afternoon, I finally marched along the aisle, went up on stage, …

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CFP WON THE NATIONAL INCLUSIVE BUSINESS CATEGORY AT THE ‘ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017’

We are so encouraged when Joji received another citation from the ASEAN Business Awards 2017: ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 NATIONAL WINNER, PHILIPPINES Inclusive Business Category Coffee for Peace is a social enterprise in the areas of Mt. Apo, Bukidnon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region which envisions Peace Communities practicing relational harmony and enjoying quality life …

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I’M SO ENERGIZED BY THE DEDICATION OF MY PEACEBUILDING COLLEAGUES

Last night, after two days participating in a Joint Advocacy Planning, I had a great time with my friends and colleagues from the ‘All-Out Peace Network’ and ‘Mindanao PeaceWeavers’ — Yols Rafol Esguerra, Violeta M. Gloria, Ryan Rosauro, Edsal Edres, Randy Ponteras, and Lyndee Prieto.  We had laughters, food, and great espresso-based beverages at Coffee For …

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OUR MINDANAO PAR TEAM ENJOYED BEING TOGETHER IN A LEARNING CONFERENCE

This learning conference is so enriching — intellectually, spiritually, psycho-socially. It was great to have a chance chatting one-on-one with Pastor James Wuye. The story of Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye was told in a movie The Imam and the Pastor, which is widely used in Christian-Muslim inter-faith dialogue. I’m also grateful for Clay, …

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COFFEE FOR PEACE HELPS ACHIEVE U.N. SUSTAINABLE GOALS IN THE PHILIPPINES

It is my joy to lead the staff, farming partners, barista partners, post-harvest processing partners, field training partners, and all the investing partners of Coffee For Peace, Inc.  Because of everybody’s smart work and hard work, other institutions have noticed our team performance. Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) cited CoffeeForPeace.Com as one of the inclusive businesses …

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, MUSLIMS, AND CHRISTIANS GATHER TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER

More than 30 peacebuilding leaders from all over the country met to compare notes on our field experiences as we face the realities of Martial Law in Mindanao, the Marawi Crisis, Human Rights under Duterte, and the increasing number of killings related with the War on Drugs. We listed our fears and hopes from the …

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GRATEFUL FOR THE COMPLETION AND PASSING OF MY ‘MASTER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ THESIS

Last 08 July 2017, I passed my thesis for the Master of Entrepreneurship (ME) from the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. The program started in September 2015 and concluded this month, July 2017. The ME program, according to the Graduate School of Business Handbook, “is geared towards honing the entrepreneurial personality.” It fits …

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REFLECTIONS AND ACTION-PLANS AS WE SERVE CIVILIANS IN WAR-TORN MARAWI

The 2017 Marawi Crisis. The initial skirmishes started in the afternoon of 23 May 2017 between Philippine government security forces and the Maute Group, who were joined by the Abu Sayyaf groups, and claimed themselves to be part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The clashes began when elements of the Armed Forces …

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PAR MOVEMENT SPREADS THROUGH WESTERN VISAYAS REGION OF THE PHILIPPINES

PAR is Peace and Reconciliation. PAR is the heart of our ministry. For the past 10 months, Tala Bautista have been working among pastors, church leaders, and community leaders in establishing a Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) community in the Province of Capiz. It started earlier this year when PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) was invited to …

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MINDANAO MARTIAL LAW: I RESONATE WITH THE VOICE OF MY FELLOW JUST-PEACE ADVOCATES IN MINDANAO

Last 23 May 2017 at at around 2320H PHT, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared Martial Law over all Mindanao. Within minutes, the declaration ignited a debate among netizens. Some favored Martial Law. Some were against it. PeaceBuilders Community soon wrote our perspective on this issue, and resonating with Mindanao PeaceWeavers — the larger network of …

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