Tag: Bukidnon


The roots of Coffee For Peace, Inc. is getting deeper among the rural poor.

For this reason, we have established Kapeyapaan (Tagalog, kape=coffee + kapayapaan=peace)—a low capitalization business for rural ‘farmerpreneurs’ (from coffee farming, to coffee processing, to operating inexpensive but high quality rural coffee shops).

The home of Kapeyapaan Shop, which will also be the house for Kalinaw Youth Movement, BeyondBorders Christian Community, and PAR Bukidnon is being built in Valencia City. The seating capacity for a regular coffee shop operation will be 60. The seating capacity when used as a worship center on Sundays will be 90-100. Joji continues to oversee the plans designed by Architect Gloryrose Dy Metilla.

The day-to-day building construction management is being done by Clay Rojo. This is made possible through an impact partnership with GiversTrust, Inc.

We thrive! We don’t merely survive.

We give all the glory to the Creator-Sustainer of all!

Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2017/10/19/the-building-of-the-new-kapeyapaan-shop-is-well-under-way-in-bukidnon/



My good friend and fellow peace advocate, Shirlyn Macasarte Villanueva, reports that, “Today, a Rural Transit bus from Wao going to Cagayan was bombed. Casualties reported mostly are students: 11 dead and 20 wounded. It exploded in front of the Central Mindanao University in Musuan Bukidnon.”

A major news network is developing their news report on this.

I condemn this cowardly act! I pray for the cessation of hostilities in Mindanao.

I believe that a vast majority of Mindanaoans — Lumad, Moro, Migrants — are tired of the violent approach in settling conflicts. While Mindanaoans are realistic in facing the real issues involving conflict — land, justice, economics, etc. — most of us have expressed our preference for active non-violent approach to resolving our real conflicts.

I pray for justice for those who died and for those who were wounded in this bombing.

I pray for justice among the masses — Lumad, Moro, Migrants — who are being oppressed and are bound by unpeace.
:: May they all experience peace in their land.
:: May they all experience peace at the meal table with plenty.
:: May they all experience peace in their livelihood where the fruit of their work and labor bring dignity to their humanity.
:: May they all experience peace at home where people are actually enjoying the happiness of ‘being a family.’
:: May they all experience peace in their respective neighborhoods where they actually enjoy trusting their neighbors who are also proving themselves to be trustworthy.
:: May they experience the embrace of their community in their respective local governments where the stewardship of wealth and power is characterized by good, ethical, governance and social responsibility of each citizen.

God of love, please raise up more people who would love this, our beloved, beautiful Mindanao, as an act of service to You — our Creator.

God of peace and justice, please raise up more people who would work for genuine justice and peace in this rich land, as an expression of obedience to You — our Provider.


Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2014/12/09/we-cry-justice-for-the-victims-of-bus-bombing-in-bukidnon/



Joji Pantoja leads a Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) coffee farming workshop in an armed-conflicted area in Mindanao. A livelihood program is a critical component of PAR Seminar. In this case, Peacebuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) trains the farmers on how to grow and care for their coffee trees, how to process their coffee beans in accordance with global quality standards, how to market their products with justice and dignity, and how to develop themselves as coffee entrepreneurs. PBCI’s sister organization, Coffee For Peace, buys their Arabica coffee beans at fair prices.

Our dream is to see one Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community in each of the 80 provinces in the Philippines by the year 2020. This dream is spiritually motivated and is technically planned. We call this dream Vision 2020.

The dream was borne out of a spiritual realization that the church can, and must, be an effective agent of peace in the face of a post-911 global realities. This prompted my husband, Dann, to reflect on a biblical peace theology that can be applied in the historical context of the Philippines.

In January 2006, the Peace Mennonite Church in Richmond, British Columbia commissioned us as peacebuilding missionaries to Mindanao, Philippines. We were sent with their love for God and for the people in this land, along with their prayers, pastoral care, and finances.

After several years of working in the field as conflict transformation missionaries, the local leaders began asking us to train them to form local community-based peace teams that would help in the on-going work of reconciliation within their respective areas of responsibilities. Out of necessity, a local peace team started organizing another peace team in the next village or in the next municipality. Thus, we thought of forming a province-wide leadership community who would coordinate the organization of local teams. We started referring to this provincial group as Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community.


Here’s an example of PAR growth in one of the provinces in Mindanao: In the early months of 2011, a group of bishops, pastors, business executives, academicians, and local government administrators invited us to conduct a series of PAR Seminars among them. After three consecutive months of training, the Region 10 PAR Community was organized. One of the graduates invited us to train the members of the Council of Evangelical Churches in Bukidnon (CECB). CECB in turn shared the PAR principles among the members of the Valencia City Evangelical Ministerial Association, Inc. (VCEMAI). Both CECB and VCEMAI decided to make PAR to be a major component of their ministry in the province. In partnership with PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee For Peace (CFP), they have started organizing PAR Teams in several municipalities and villages in Bukidnon like Dominorog and Manalog. They also helped PBCI to organize PAR Communities in the provinces of Maguindanao and Davao del Sur.

PAR Community  is an initiative to organize a group of local leaders—church leaders, local government leaders, non-government organization leaders, business leaders, academic leaders, or any mix of these—

  • who have expressed interest to have a working relationship with us, who have made a commitment to embrace our Peace Theology;
  • who have invited us to teach them our PAR Seminar Series;
  • who have a vision to work with us in developing a PAR Program needed in their area; and,
  • who have organized themselves as PAR catalyst group in their particular province in accordance with our Dreams, Values, and Team organizational standards.

Today, PAR Communities have been established in 19 out of 80 provinces in the Philippines. But we still have to nurture, stabilize, strengthen and facilitate the sustainability of these PAR Communities. A few weeks ago, PBCI appointed Tala Bautista, one of our newly-trained field workers, to be the PAR Mobilization Coordinator. Her overall job objectives are:

  • to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate all activities and resource appropriation to reach the monthly, quarterly, and yearly objectives that would lead towards the realization of Vision 2020; and,
  • to assist PBCI in establishing one PAR Community in each of the 80 provinces by 31 December 2020.


Imagine.  By December 31st, 2020, each of our 80 provinces will have a circle of leaders called Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities!  They would serve as the catalysts to organize PAR Teams in their municipalities or cities.  These PAR Teams, in turn, would serve as conflict transformation volunteers in their respective families, churches, neighbourhoods, barangays, cities or municipalities.  The PAR Teams would also get involved in PAR Programs that are relevant to their specific context.

God willing, by January 01, 2021, the 80 PAR Communities in the Philippines would advance as a Peace and Reconciliation Movement with an integrated framework for peace-building, who are organized in partnership with various parts of the People of God, who are mobilized to do ministries of justice and peace in the name of Jesus, and who will lovingly serve all the peoples of our land unconditionally regardless of religion, ethnicity, or political ideology, to the end that our land will experience holistic transformation!

With the power of the Holy Spirit, Dann and I are more energized and motivated to surf God’s waves of peace and reconciliation in this beautiful land.

Thank you, our partners, for being with us through your prayers and support.


Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2013/04/20/the-dream-of-par-community-multiplication-is-being-realized/


PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee for Peace has been working with the Talaandig First Nation for the past three years in the areas of peace-building, fair trade, and cross-cultural understanding.

Last Sunday, February 12, 2012, we celebrated this partnership and formalized it through a ritual offered to the Creator — known to Hebrew writers as YHWH, to New Testament writers as THEOS, to the Talaandig people as MAGBABAYA, to the Muslim as ALLAH, and to the Western Christians as GOD.

In the Talaandig worldview, every aspiration, action, event, or project starts with spirituality. That’s how we, at PeaceBuilders Community, look at the world too. We start with the many common grounds with other cultures. We engage in honest, transparent, and relational dialogue when we encounter differences in our worldviews.

In all things, our relationship with the Talaandig people is grounded in the unconditional love of God.


Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2012/02/12/we-formalized-our-partnership-with-the-talaandig-tribe/