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Weekly reflections: In the world but not of the world

“My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but that you protect them
from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me
into the world, I have sent them into the world.” — John.17,15-19

All that fits: A learning exposure to the Cordillera

There is a group of young Belgians visiting the Cordillera this month, hosted by the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC).The learning exposure is designed to extend support to farming communities in the Cordillera through the exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise in agriculture and health.

As The Bamboos Sway: The historical clutch of Spanish friars on the Filipinos

As a Christian, I can forgive President Rodrigo Duterte for calling my God “torpe”. I can also forgive the Philippine Catholics for not abruptly rising against the president for the insult on their faith. Moreover, I will not fault Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for saying “Be fools for Christ. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.”

Daranudor ti Ilocandia: Soberania, itandudo kontra iti US ken China

Iti kasasaad a ti “independent foreign policy” nga inkari ni Duterte ket nagturong laeng iti wayawaya a panagpili no siasinno nga imperialista ti makaipaay ti benepisio kenkuana. Kasapulan a ti naruay nga umili ti mangital-o ti soberania ti pagilian iti amin a tay-ak kontra iti dua nga imperialista. Kiddawentayo iti gobierno ti panangirupir daytoy iti integridad iti teritorio ti Pilipinas iti Spratly’s, ti panangipublikoda kadagiti linaon a kondisiones ti pautang ti China, ken kasta met, dagiti operasion nga isaysayangkat ken impasdek a pasilidad ti US iti pagilian.

Weekly Reflections: Theology of Pentecost

We live today in a world of alienation and fragmentation. Globalization promises a global village wherein people all over the world will live together in unity and harmony. With all the advancement in science and technology, people all over the world can now easily communicate with one another and can efficiently move from one place to another. With the lifting of government restrictions, people all over the world can now effectively exchange with one another their goods and services, their culture, knowledge and technology.

All That Fits: The Peace Talks to indigenous peoples

We would like to emphasize this week, the relevance of the peace talks to indigenous peoples. There is no better time, with the worsening plight of indigenous peoples, especially indigenous activists, grassroots organisations and communities asserting self-determination.

As The Bamboos Sway: The Post & the death of a best friend

Watching the movie, The Post, on DVD two days ago, months after it was shown in the theaters, I sobbed when it came to the part “the Pentagon knew since 1965 that we could not win the war (in Vietnam)…The government had been lying to us for the last 30 years” – but still continued to send Americans, mostly boys in their late teens, to die in Vietnam, 6,000 miles away from home.

Bandillo: Postponing Just Peace

For the nth time, President Duterte unilaterally suspended the GRP-NDF peace negotiations. And for some dubious reasons – the need to consult with the bigger peace table (public); to hold the talks in the country and not in a foreign venue.

Weekly Reflections: Theological Education for Humanization

I would like to say at the outset that the basic aim of education in general, and theological education in particular, is not just to accumulate knowledge and information, but to make human beings more human. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for humanization, for enhancing what is truly human in us and among us. A truly educated person is a humane person.

As The Bamboos Sway: How the West Pack was Un-Won

If we think that President Donald Trump, for the United States, scored over Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, for North Korea, in their historic meeting in Singapore last June 12, 2018, maybe we should think again.