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The Day We Reclaimed Our Courage

Reading Tony La Viña’s note on FB about that historic day in August 21, 1983 led me to a trip back to that fateful day and the subsequent game-changing events that followed. I remember I was with some comrades in the anti-dictatorship political movement about to have our usual cheap

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2015 Youth Peace Camp: A Reflection

by Mark Gabriel “gabgab” S. Manuel “Enriching the youths’ involvement in community peace and resiliency building”. What a wonderful theme for this event! The camp dealt with the youths’ role and involvement in peace, mostly in their very own communities, homes and families. It was just a four day event,

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Called Driven One

August 9-10, 2014?Facilitators of the Leadership Communities in partnership with AFI, AYLC, JCI, CACABU, COC, XU, MUST and BMFI have successfully organized a 2-day Lead and Learn Camp from August 9-10, 2014 held at Seaside Bible Camp, Barra Opol, Misamis Oriental. The Lead & Learn Camp is a leadership camp

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Kaloy: A Day Before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

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

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Kaloy: Two Days Before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

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

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Kaloy: Three Days Before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

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

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Kaloy: Four Days before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

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

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Kaloy on BM@18: Balay Mindanaw’s founding Chair, Ibing Sylvia Okinlay-Paraguya, and Vice Chair, the late Rey Magno Teves during our first strategic planning session in 1996.

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

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Kaloy: Six days before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

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,

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Kaloy: Seven days before Balay Mindanaw’s 18th

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.

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