Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 07, 2014

Finally, I am now able to accomplish a task I gave myself: a nine-day reflection series. I got this idea from observing my mother religiously do nine-day novenas in preparation for significant occasions like birthdays and fiestas.

On Balay Mindanaw’s Principle of Inclusivity

“Lead me not to the place of comfort but to where people struggle to survive”

Our journey began with a few good persons committed to work with and for…

May 06, 2014

A Serendipity that is Balay Mindanaw:

Nothing happens by accident – this is one of my oft-repeated statements especially when we are faced with difficult situations. I also use this to explain Balay Mindanaw’s good fortune of meeting and developing meaningful relationships with great people and institutions.

Everything happens for a reason. We meet so many people but only those who belong to our constellation stay there forever.

It is serendipity…

May 05, 2014

Today, we had a whole-day learning session on Report Writing. This was in response to an expressed need of the staff to acquire better skills in writing reports and submitting them on time.

I will share my thoughts on report writing some other time. This time I will share my thoughts on another theme which I believe is very much a part of our journey…

Developing A Culture of Excellence in…

May 03, 2014

I humbly share with you a copy of the first ever Balay Mindanaw documents – the concept note for its establishment and my official invitation letter dated January 10, 1996 to Ibing inviting her to be a member of the Founding Board.

Today, I would like to give my most sincere recognition, appreciation and deepest gratefulness to Gerry Bulatao. He inspired, encouraged (even goaded) me to pursue my dream of…

May 02, 2014

Five Days Before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

Today’s space of this reflection series gives way to a piece written by Lina Sagaral-Reyes for our 5th Anniversary. This now appears in our website.

Laying down the Foundation(s) of an NGO as Mindanaoan “Home”

(A short and still incomplete history of the beginnings of Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.)

On May 8, 1996, Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI) was incorporated with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and…

May 02, 2014

In a way, a life-changing desert experience became the starting point of this journey.

I consider that painful episode as serendipitous since it actually helped give birth to Balay Mindanaw. It was during those dark and lonely moments that I, with some golden friends, began to dream of a journey, now called Balay Mindanaw.

Almost 20 years ago, I experienced a most painful betrayal when some people I trusted and had…

May 01, 2014

May 1, Labor Day, is also the feast day for St. Joseph, the worker, the patron saint of our village.

It has been a long day of celebrations as our day started early with the blessing and dedication of our tambayan which is actually an extension of our current residence.

At lunch time, our family, neighbors and friends feasted on lechon baboy and lechon kambing (roasted pig and roasted goat) which…