Monday, November 19, 2007


REPOSTING in case people forgot. :)

Here's a marvelous Christmas Gift Idea.


Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC), a non-stock, non-profit organization working at the forefront of Culture-Based Curriculum Development in the Philippines would like to give you the opportunity to give something more this Holiday season. This holiday we are making gift giving Hassle Free!

For 250 pesos, you can donate in the name of your friend as your Christmas gift to him/her. Just give us the mailing address of your friend and we’ll take care of telling your friend of this wonderful Christmas present you gave. We’ll be sending him/her a Christmas Postcard identifying you as the giver of such. The said amount contributes to the supplies needed in the school and further supports the wider work toward culture-based curriculum development in the country.

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Running for more than 10 years, in 2004, APC was legally established gaining recognition from the Department of Education as the first formal indigenous people-based education. It is strongly committed toward supporting UNESCO’s mother tongue medium of instruction to improve the quality of education for the marginalized sector and promote cultural diversity. .

Furthermore, APC strengthens the implementation of culture-based education in Mindanao by partnering with education institutions to enhance the capacities of educators and education facilitators working with Indigenous children.
At present, the school it is running up in Sitio Bendum, Bukidnon caters to over 100 students. APC also has about 20 high school and college scholars.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Thoughts in Lake Sebu

• I’ve heard this many times before – Is this a recording? Seem to be the same story I’ve heard from different tribes. Similar issues, parallel concerns and almost the same level of hurt, pain and anger.

• Was reminded that it’s not (just) Pity that they need, it’s recognition and to be heard that they want. Reminded that they are not as shy and non-confrontational as most think they are. But we’ve set up systems that encourage them to be meek and submissive. Sadly, I too am guilty of that sometimes.

T'Boli kid Dances for us

• Thinking if there is a national leader who genuinely has their (IPs) concerns in the top 3-5 of his priority projects. (I’ve left Lake Sebu last November 1 and I haven’t thought of anyone yet).

• Come to think of it, do I still even have enough belief that we have a National Leader who has GENUINE concerns for anyone but himself? Um, I’m very cynical these days.

• My feeling is, Avenue Q’s “everybody’s a little bit racist” is also applicable to them. There’s a part of me that feels that despite my deep passion to work for and with them – despite the many years I have worked for their cause, they still haven’t considered me (and will never consider me) family as much as I have considered them as my family – because I don’t have a tribe and my roots are not of IPs but of Tagalogs and Kapampangans. But THAT”S OK.

• Reminded how I’ve been SERIOUSLY Brainwashed by JESUITS for quite some time now as I answered a question of how long have I known the Jesuits – um since I was 10 years old. Tsktsktsktsk.

• Some JESUITS I just can’t take as “real” priests (or studying to be priests) – would never go to confession to or ask them to be my SD – because they’re way too crazy and young (feeling young) that they are more of my buddies.

Fr. Jojo Fung, SJ (Malaysia) does one of his "serious" poses

Bro. Francis Lim, SJ - in a tourist pose

• My bowel movement hasn’t changed in years; I still can’t poop on the first 2 days in a new place (new toilet). Gosh I need to poop before we travel back to Davao because I feel quite bloated already.