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Communicating Climate Change March 27, 2017

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Communicating Climate Change

 

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.

 

Speakers:

  1. Prof. Ruth Guzman (Chairperson of the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management

 

  1. Atty. Mary Ann Lucille Sering (Former Vice-Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission)

 

  1. Prof. Crispin Maslog (Chairperson of Asian Media Information and Communication Center Inc.)

 

  1. Fr. Dexter Toledo (Chairperson of Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement)

 

 

Kalinga sa Pagtulog January 19, 2017

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Manila, Communications Ministry, Diocese of Cubao, JPIC, SVD Philippine Central Province.
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Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

In Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center’s desire to offer care to the marginalized especially the homeless, we launch tonight the “Kalinga sa Pagtulog” – a Night Shelter Program. Meet our first of the 15 beneficiaries.
We hope to do this on an experimental basis of 2 nights a week, from 8pm-6am the following day. It begins with a registration followed by hygiene and showers; then prayers and life sharing; lastly, preparing their mats and blankets.
Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

With a secured place for the night and a prayer, they wake up fresh and ready to face again tomorrow. You are most welcome to come and visit us.
Meet Jesus among the poor. 😀
Credit:Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD
Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Awesome Pollinators August 5, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Davao, JPIC, OMG!.
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Entrance of Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Entrance of Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Monfort Bat Cave (Samal Island), Davao Region, Philippines:

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.

Wow.

Bats!

Bats!

 

Bats...

Bats…

 

...bats...

…bats…

 

..and more bats!

..and more bats!

Youth Groups Call for Peace in Mindanao and the World in 2016 and Beyond January 5, 2016

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Peace Advocates form a solidarity circle for their concluding activity ‘candle-lighting for peace

Peace Advocates form a solidarity circle for their concluding activity ‘candle-lighting for peace

 

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.

 

Collectively, they:

 

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. #####

 

 

Contact Person:

Jamil Faisal Saro Adiong, +639178237071; jamilfaisaladiong@gmail.com

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Rest in Peace, Mother Kiking Lim-Llanos! December 8, 2015

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Ipil, JPIC, SVD Philippine Southern Province, Year of the Poor, Zamboanga Sibugay.
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Mother Kiking Lim-Llanos (Circa 2009)

Mother Kiking Lim-Llanos (Circa 2009)

 

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, 2015

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, International Eucharistic Congress, JPIC, Year of the Poor.
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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.

 

Holy Mass Presided by Msgr. Danny Sanico

Holy Mass Presided by Msgr. Danny Sanico

 

Holy Mass Attended by 3,000 members from around Visayas Region

Holy Mass Attended by 3,000 members from around Visayas Region

 

Fr. Wilfredo Genelazo, Coop Spiritual Director

Fr. Wilfredo Genelazo, Coop Spiritual Director

Members of the Coop

Members of the Coop

 

Naa sad silay tabo sa mga products gikan sa nagkandaiyang mga lugar

Naa sad silay tabo sa mga products gikan sa nagkandaiyang mga lugar

 

DYRF Technical People Preparing for Broadcast

DYRF Technical People Preparing for Broadcast

 

Hidden Valley Mountain Resort: Venue of the Assembly

Hidden Valley Mountain Resort: Venue of the Assembly

 

Salamat sa Food

Salamat sa Food

 

On top of Hidden Valley

On top of Hidden Valley

To listen to archived Holy Mass broadcast, please visit:

http://rfarchives.weebly.com

 

 

 

Posthumous Award for #Fallen44 January 31, 2015

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Posthumous Award

Posthumous Award

 

Alpha Phi Omega
International Philippines Incorporated

Posthumous Award
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, 2014

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Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

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.”

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

 

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.

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

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.

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

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.

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

Photo Credit: Miss Rowena Capistrano of DYRF Radio Station

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, 2014

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Communications Ministry, Diocese of Tubigon, JPIC, SVD, SVD Philippine Southern Province.
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Our SVD Radio Station in Tacloban After Haiyan (Yolanda)

Our SVD Radio Station in Tacloban After Haiyan (Yolanda)

 

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.

 

 

Fr. Eleno Bucia, SVD during the Relief Operations

Fr. Eleno Bucia, SVD during the Relief Operations

 

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.

 

One of the JPIC-IDC Model House in Tolosa, Leyte

One of the JPIC-IDC Model House in Tolosa, 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.

 

Rehab Efforts

Rehab Efforts

 

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).

 

 

School Building Turn-Over / Blessing in Bantayan Island

School Building Turn-Over / Blessing in Bantayan Island

Gift-Giving Last May 2014

Gift-Giving Last May 2014

School Turn-over Ceremony

School Turn-over Ceremony

Happy Children!

Happy Children!

 

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.

 

JPIC-IDC Houses in Okoy, Bantayan

JPIC-IDC Houses in Okoy, Bantayan

Our Recipient in Okoy, Bantayan

Our Recipient in Okoy, Bantayan

 

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.

 

Renovated Building in Hilantaan Island

Renovated Building in Hilantagaan Island

 

Destroyed and "Untouched" School Building when we visited in May 2014

Destroyed and “Untouched” School Building when we visited in May 2014

 

"Classrooms" Prepared when we arrived in Hilantagaan

“Classrooms” Prepared when we arrived in Hilantagaan

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.

 

Gift-Giving Last May 2014

Gift-Giving Last May 2014

 

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.

 

Model Houses of the University of San Carlos Fine Arts Department at Ubay, Tubigon, Bohol

Model Houses of the University of San Carlos Fine Arts Department at Ubay, Tubigon, Bohol

 

Holy Mass during the Turn-over of Houses at Tubigon, Bohol

Holy Mass during the Turn-over of Houses at Tubigon, Bohol

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?”

 

Fr. Tony Salas, SVD adjusts the wheelchair of a Tubigon Resident

Fr. Tony Salas, SVD adjusts the wheelchair of a Tubigon Resident

 

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.

 

House Blessing in Bantayan Island, Cebu

House Blessing in Bantayan Island, Cebu

 

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.

 

 

SVDs in Action

SVDs in Action

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.”

 

Recipient of our Project

Recipient of our Project

 

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.


Barangay Ubay, Tubigon,  Bohol

Barangay Ubay, Tubigon, Bohol

 

 

Disclaimer:

 

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, 2013

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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.

Liceo del Verbo Divino from Afar

Liceo del Verbo Divino from Afar

Holy Name University, Bohol

Holy Name University, Bohol

Outside the Liceo

Outside the Liceo

Our school lost its roof

Our school lost its roof

Liceo at Another Angle

Liceo at Another Angle

Divine Word Hospital of Tacloban

Divine Word Hospital of Tacloban