Communicating Climate Change March 27, 2017Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Cubao, JPIC.
Tags: Brandsma Media Center, Crispin Maslog, Fr. Dexter Toledo, Mary Ann Lucille Sering, Ruth Guzman
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COMMUNICATING CLIMATE CHANGE: Inviting you all a forum on Media and Environment at the Titus Brandsma Center (24 Acacia Street, New Manila Quezon City) this coming March 31, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE! Registration starts at 12:30 pm. For more inquiries, call 726-6054 or text 0995-9944-285.
- Prof. Ruth Guzman (Chairperson of the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management
- Atty. Mary Ann Lucille Sering (Former Vice-Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission)
- Prof. Crispin Maslog (Chairperson of Asian Media Information and Communication Center Inc.)
- Fr. Dexter Toledo (Chairperson of Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement)
Kalinga sa Pagtulog January 19, 2017Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Manila, Communications Ministry, Diocese of Cubao, JPIC, SVD Philippine Central Province.
Tags: Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center, Fr. Flavie Villanueva
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Awesome Pollinators August 5, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Davao, JPIC, OMG!.
Tags: Island Garden City of Samal, Monfort Bat Sanctuary
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The largest known colony of an estimated 2.5 million
Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats (Rousettus amplexicaudatus)
in the world.
These bats are the major pollinators of durian.
Interestingly, they also show no sign of slowing down.
Female bats here in Samal are continuously pregnant,
a departure from the bats’ usual seasonal gestation habits.
Tags: #PeaceNaTa, Interfaith Dialogue
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CEBU CITY (Press Release) – On November 29, 2015, different youth groups had a small dialogue and candle-lighting in celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2015 and in observance of the International Day in Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The event was initiated and facilitated by Jamil Faisal Saro Adiong, president of the Federation of Muslim Student Associations (FeMSA) through his #PeaceNaTa Campaign, a campaign which aims to reconcile the history-old gap between the Moros and the non-Moros.
The two-hour activity was joined by a few individuals and organizations such as Akbayan! Youth, Cebuano Youth Ambassadors, UP – Union of Progressive Students, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, Coalition of Democrats, Carolinian Circle of Young Diplomats, First Time Voters’ Network, Islamic Dawah Youth Association of Cebu and the Federation of Muslim Students Associations (FeMSA Cebu) with its member organizations Muslim Lancers Association, SWU – Muslim Students Association and Carolinian Muslim Students Association.
“We call on everyone to take active support and participation in education and peace advocacy. In this way, we will get to understand one’s differences and one’s facts. In this way, we will get to enjoy our shared common grounds and our distinct uniqueness. In this way, we will get to realize our visions of peace and coexistence. In this way, we will get to live with love and not hatred, happiness and not fear”, said Adiong.
Call on the public to go out and vote on May 2016 the candidates whom they think are best in addressing the problems of the state which includes the peace and conflict issues in Mindanao; call on the public to be in support for the indigenous peoples which include the Moros and the Lumads and their pursuit to peace and social justice.
Call on the members of the bicameral committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to be more focused on their tasks as lawmakers amidst the fast approaching May 2016 elections and most importantly pass a CAB-based basic law that shall really address the problems of the ARMM.
Call on Senator Sonny Angara’s stronger push for the passage of Senate Bill 2474 that shall mandate all curriculum to study Moro History, Cultures and Identity Studies as this would be a great opportunity for the Filipinos to further understand the conflict situation in Mindanao and thus would be able to help promote a culture of peace.
Call on the international community to be in solidarity with the Palestinian people (Note: the dialogue was done during the International Day in Solidarity with the Palestinian People) and on their pursuit to peace and social justice; to unite and open their arms to refugees such that of Syrians and Iraqis, and all other nationalities whose homelands are war-torn; counter terrorism by means of education; and call on the international leaders and the private individuals to be more vigilant and careful in absorbing information from the Internet as this has been proven to be the mechanism of recruitment by voluntary and involuntary of both the extremist terrorist groups and the ethnocentrically fundamentalist reactors. #####
Jamil Faisal Saro Adiong, +639178237071; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest in Peace, Mother Kiking Lim-Llanos! December 8, 2015Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Ipil, JPIC, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Year of the Poor, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Tags: Basilisa Lim Llanos, Olutanga Island, Talusan
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It is on a sad note that while we open the Year of Mercy today, I also received the news that Basilisa “Kiking” Lim-Llanos, one of the parish officials in my former mission area in Olutanga Island, was shot dead in their house at 4 am. Known to the people at the Municipality of Talusan as a devoted public official, she is simply “Mother Kiking” to the SVD circles. She was very committed in looking after the needs of SVD priests. I remembered back then, when my companion Fr. Manny Suico, SVD decided that we took the Dipolog route in going to Olutanga Island, it was Mother Kiking picked us up. Those who know Mindanao geography will realize that Dipolog is actually still very far from our mission area, and that Zamboanga City and even Pagadian City are actually better alternatives. But she did not complain. She happily made sure that we can reach our mission area safely and comfortably.
Even the SVD Fratres who had their summer camp exposures in the Diocese of Ipil (where the SVD parishes belong) also experienced her motherly love and superb hospitality.
Today, by the way, is also the birthday of her husband Kuya Noel. I could only imagine how difficult it must be for him. I am one in prayers. God bless her and have mercy on her.
The photo posted here is my very first photo in my mission area. We were in a wooden banca on our way to Hula-Hula port, the gateway to the Olutanga Island. Mother Kiking, you will always be remembered!
24th Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative Assembly March 25, 2015Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, International Eucharistic Congress, JPIC, Year of the Poor.
Tags: Fr. Wilfredo Genelazo, Hidden Valley Mountain Resort, Lamac Pinamungajan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Msgr. Daniel Sanico, Pinamungajan
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24th Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative Assembly
March 22, 2015
Hidden Valley Mountain Resort, Lamac, Pinamungajan,
Province of Cebu
The Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative is born out of the former Lamac Samahang Nayon that was operating in 1973. Lamac is a far-flung barangay surrounded by mountain in the municipality of Pinamungajan, Cebu. Cooperativism was sown in the heart of Lamac through the teachings of the barangay’s founder. Teaching by doing, deeply founded with love for God and the community, was and still is a firmly held believe and practice. This faith, as manifested in their community prayers held every day, became the center of the community’s life. The chapel also became the seat where plans of actions were discussed. These discussions started the peaceful and sustaining revolution towards its growth and development as a self-governing and self-sustaining community.
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Posthumous Award for #Fallen44 January 31, 2015Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Pagadian, JPIC.
Tags: Fallen 44, John Garry Erana, Merontos Clan
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Alpha Phi Omega
International Philippines Incorporated
is hereby given to
JOHN GARRY ERANA
for his gallantry, valor and exemplary display of true service to the nation exemplifying the three cardinal principles of our noble fraternal organization, Leadership, Friendship and Service.
Given this 30th day of January 2015 at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City
SVD Superior General Spends Christmas in Cebu Dumpsites December 29, 2014Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Christmas, Communications Ministry, International Eucharistic Congress, JPIC, Year of the Poor.
Tags: Divine Word Missionaries, Fr. Heinz Kulüke SVD, SVD JPIC-IDC
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The Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) chose to spend his Christmas this year among the poorest of the poor in Cebu. Fr. Heinz Kulüke, SVD, the 11th Superior General of the congregation, pointed out the joy of being a Divine Word Missionary. In an interview, he said, “the poor are most important to the Divine Word Missionaries.”
Despite his very busy schedule of traveling around the world to check out the different missionary endeavors of the SVD, Fr. Heinz opted to come for the holidays. He arrived in Cebu just before Christmas and since then, the University of San Carlos downtown campus has been flooded with people who eagerly wanted to see him. He wasted no time visiting families who scavenged, street children, women in red-light districts, impoverished fisher folks and even cemetery dwellers.
In Umapad, one of the dumpsites he visited, he was warmly welcomed together with the Blue Sisters, and other Divine Word Missionaries. This old dumpsite closed down four years ago, but the people here worked on an even bigger dumping area just few kilometers away where around 700 tons of garbage is dumped everyday.
Fr. Heinz is no stranger for the Umapad people. When he was still the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Southern Province and was based in Cebu, he frequently visited the site to celebrate Mass every Saturday, hand out biscuits and listen to people’s stories. He does medical check-up too, for free.
Sitting down with Fr. Heinz for an interview was an amazing experience. He could talk about a litany of unforgettable experiences ranging from feel-good to bizarre. In one occasion with the street kids, he shared, “I brought them to Cebu Hospital for a dental treatment. The first kid was already at the dental chair, and he was screaming and all the others jumped out of the window.”
In 1999, Father Heinz founded the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC) to help the poor and marginalized in Cebu, particularly scavengers, street children and young girls in red-light districts in particular. Today, more than 40 people are working for JPIC in these different sectors. In fact, 50 families from this dumpsite were already given new descent homes in Compostela, Cebu where they also involved themselves in livelihood programs like hog-fattening, native chicken meat production, goat raising, creation of fashion accessories and others.
After the New Year, Fr. Heinz will go back to Rome. Certainly, he is coming back.
A Year After: The SVD JPIC-IDC Rehabilitation Efforts November 7, 2014Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, Diocese of Tubigon, JPIC, SVD, SVD Philippine Southern Province.
Tags: Rehabilitation Efforts, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Yolanda
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Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,268 people in our country alone.
The Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC) of the Philippine Southern Province of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) were on the forefront of relief operations as they immediately tied up with our schools in the South due to our presence on the area. However, our giving of relief goods lasted only for around two weeks. On the third week after the Typhoon Yolanda, the JPIC-IDC started their house-building efforts. While many organizations and government agencies concentrated in the city (as proven by their larger-than-life tarpaulins), the JPIC-IDC concentrated in the remote areas of Leyte.
As of May 18, 2014, there have been a total of 3,032 houses being built in the far-flung barangays of the municipalities of Tolosa, Dulag, Dagami, Burawin, La Paz, Mayorga and Julita. When I first visited these places, I wondered how our SVD missionaries and our mission partners in the rehabilitation efforts discovered these areas. Going to the project areas seemed like eternity of rough roads as these adopted barangays are still very far from the highway.
The JPIC-IDC, Inc. is a faith-based Non-Government Organization (NGO), registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC Reg. No. C200100503) under the Philippine laws. The organization started with the efforts of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) in strong partnership with Karl Kuebel Stiftung (KKS) of Germany. Its direction-setting body, the Board of Trustees is composed of seven persons representing varied sectors from the church, academe and private practice. For the past thirteen years, the organization has been implementing more than 15 projects in the areas of education, economic development, human and community development, and advocacy for women and children. The JPIC-IDC, Inc. was founded in 1999 by a group of catholic lay leaders, the SVDs and the Holy Spirit Sisters (SSpS).
Around May 8, JPIC-IDC extended their house-building efforts in Bantayan Island. The organization has been operating silently in the island for a decade through community organization with livelihood, scholarship, and cooperative development. It took 5 months before the organization helped this part of Northern Cebu due to the obvious minimal help felt in the area, especially in the remote areas.
As of June 4, 2014, 50 houses have been done, – a fast job well done as they envision creating 284 houses in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu. That’s already a lot in a span of less than a month. I was also there during the turn-over of these houses. The recipients were very excited as they cleaned the surrounding for their transfer that evening. “We shall bring in rice and money first, as part of our entrance ritual,” one of the old woman recipients said.
The project extended even in the nearby Hilantagaan Island. When I visited the only high school at the island before the start of classes, only one room was renovated, and to be honest, it was not even completed since several windows were still not repaired. The school, by the way, received military-style tents for their students. But I wondered if students would like to stay in that kind of tent, especially under the scorching heat of the sun when the classes started.
JPIC-IDC immediately came to the rescue! Not only did our organization provided relief goods and school materials, we also volunteered to repair their school buildings.
And yes, we also have rehabilitation efforts in Bohol. On October 4, Fr. Tony Salas, SVD invited me for the turn-over of the model houses of the University of San Carlos to the residents of Brgy. Ubay in Tubigon, Bohol. The islet can be travelled via a small boat from Tubigon Pier for around 45 minutes. Indeed, it was a very small island! It has a total population of 251 people. Together with 4 other priests, we blest the houses to the delight of the residents. On a sidenote, a wheelchair was also given to a polio-victim mother in the area. She and her family was brought to tears. She is the only one in the island to have a wheelchair. The people even joked her: “do you have a driver’s license?”
November 8, 2014. Exactly one year after the typhoon Yolanda. JPIC-IDC have built close to 6,000 houses in Leyte, Bohol and Cebu. And the number is still counting. And they are doing it silently. May they forgive me for not remaining quiet on their heroic efforts.
Thanks to the many generous SVD mission offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, Technny and many others, local or foreign, who generously share funds for the rehabilitation efforts. Thank you also to our many mission partners who stood by our side. God bless you and may your gifts increase for God’s greater glory.
My special thanks also to my SVD confreres, who in way or the other, extended their talents, abilities, time, and resources. I am proud of you! As Fr. Eugene Docoy, SVD once said during the rehabilitation efforts: “We, the Divine Word Missionaries, in times of pain and difficulties, reaffirm our calling to be at the forefront whenever our services are called for. For this is the only way we make gospel values alive, real and dynamic to the people we vowed to serve.”
Many things are yet to be done,
Many efforts are still needed,
Thank you for being one with us!
May the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.
Take this as a blog post, not an official statement.
In the Divine Word,
Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD
SVD Institutions After Yolanda December 11, 2013Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in JPIC, OMG!, SVD.
Tags: Holy Name University, Liceo del Verbo Divino, Typhoon, Yolanda
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When the typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan) struck Visayas last month, several SVD institutions were also badly damaged. No Divine Word Missionaries were reported to be missing or dead. Our SVD hospital, immediately came to the rescue of the victims and was even reported to be the only hospital that opened, despite being crippled, in the aftermath of Yolanda.