Pagbabahagi Campaign for Yolanda Survivors Culminates on Sunday

The Pagbabahagi 2013 (“Sinag sa Karimlan”) will culminate on Sunday, 22nd December from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Jacinto Campus Annex, in a special program intended for the survivors of Yolanda who are currently in Davao City.  The corps of Arrupe Vols will lead this pre-Christmas gathering through a series of activities that will then highlight the giving of a Christmas Noche Buena package to the identified beneficiaries.

Earlier last week, the Pagbabahagi has been launched at the Open Field, headed by Mr. Noriel R. Rogon, coordinator of the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, in order to announce to the university community the leitmotif of this year’s Christmas drive through this yearly holiday season tradition.  This project has been able to get the commitment of many classes and offices in the university to donate a PhP 500.00 worth of Noche Buena package for families who are currently seeking refuge in the city after Super Typhoon Yolanda battered key areas in the Visayas on 8th November of this year. Continue reading

Arrupe Team Heads Off to ComVal and DavOr after X’mas for Post-Pablo Projects

A post-Christmas Day trip to Pablo-stricken areas is being charted out on 28th-30th December 2013 by the Arrupe team in order to do initial spadework in preparation for the start of the second reconstruction projects which will begin in the first week of January 2014.  The trips are scheduled for Brgy. Ngan in Compostela Valley (ComVal) on 28th December, as well as in Brgy. Dapnan in Baganga, Davao Oriental (DavOr) on 29th-30th December.  Early this month, the Office of the President approved a proposal by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, as endorsed by the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), for the second reconstruction projects in areas that were largely affected by Typhoon Pablo in 2012. 

Headed by Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol, RSW, the Community Engagement Officer (CEO) of the Arrupe Office and the designated Project Manager, the team’s planned trip is intended to meet the following objectives: Firstly, with the assistance of Field Officer Ms. Elcy Debildos, to facilitate a community assembly among teachers, parents, students and community leaders in order to do an orientation on the importance of project ownership through community collaboration and cooperation; secondly, with the assistance of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) through Engr. Richard Manapol (who is the Project Engineer), as well as Engr. Jonas Gallego (Construction Supervisor), to survey and prepare the construction sites where the proposed structures are going to be erected; and thirdly, with Ms. Sheena Cachuela (Project Finance & Budget Officer) and Mr. Mark Anthony Dinoy (Field Officer of the first reconstruction project), to meet with suppliers of construction materials to ensure standard quality, and proper and timely delivery. M. Isabel S. Actub of Arrupe’s Communications and Advocacy will also join the team to do interviews for the planned book on the Baganga-Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP). Continue reading

Jesuits and Lay Converge in ADDU Before Year Ends for Mindanao Conversations

On the eve of celebrating the 200th year anniversary (1814-2014) marking the restoration of the Jesuits as a religious order in the Catholic Church, several events are separately being launched around the world to commemorate this special milestone. These two centuries of restoration after forty-one (41) years of suspended animation (1773-1814), through a papal  bull, ushered in a new era in the history of one of the church’s most influential religious institutions that built a distinctively unique and unparalled school system present in six continents.

In the context of the Philippines, among the many events being cooked up is a gathering of Jesuits in Mindanao, in the company of a select group of lay people representing various sectors in Philippine society.  Toward this end, the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), under the leadership of University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, will host this one-of-a-kind event simply entitled Jesuits in Mindanao Conversations.

Jesuit and Lay Participants

Preparations for the Jesuits in Mindanao Conversations on 26th-28th December 2013 are now in full swing, spearheaded by the Assistant to the President, Mr. Jeremy Eliab and Mr. Vinci Romulo Bueza, Technical Assistant to the President for External Affairs.  This gathering of Jesuits in Mindanao (those who are assigned in Jesuit ministries and missions on this island, current or previous) is a special convocation of Jesuits and some lay partners/collaborators the purpose of which is to provide a wider platform for discussion on what the Society of Jesus and its phalanx of external partners and advocates have been doing and are actively engaged in, in support of their social and educational apostolate.  This post-Christmas gathering is expected to be attended by some seventy-five (75) to eighty (80) participants (including twenty-five [25] active Jesuit priests who currently head several Jesuit centers and institutions in Mindanao).  Generally, the participants represent not just those missioned in academic and social institutions but also in government, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), media, civil society groups, peace centers, military, church, among others – especially those whose work revolves around the promotion of peace, indigenous cultures, wealth creation and equitable distribution, environment, spirituality and leadership.

Round Table Discussions

The format of this conversation is a round-table discussion (RTD) where some participants are requested to lead the discussion in a panel.  There are four (4) major panel discussions, all conducted in a plenary.  Key discussants are already tapped (in advance) to constitute each panel.  A plenary discussion immediately proceeds from the panel discussion, where the other participants are given the opportunity to interact with the panellists and the rest of the people in the audience. These RTDs are also moderated, following a flow and a process that are strictly under time wraps (with one running for four [4] hours, and the rest for two [2] hours).  Some faculty members from ADDU have been requested to act as moderators for a total of four (4) RTDs spread in two (2) days.

On the afternoon of 26th December, the kickoff of the conversations, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ will welcome the participants, to be followed by the current Provincial of the Jesuits in the Philippines, Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ, who will render his address and provide the rationale of this special gathering.  Likewise, the first day provides an introductory overview of what to expect in the course of the three-day assembly.  Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ, newly installed President of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), will render a talk on the current situation of the Jesuits in Mindanao, following a Mindanao situationer to be given by Mindanews editor, Ms. Carolyn Arguillas.  The evening will wind down with a cultural presentation by Davao’s very own Kaliwat Theatre Collective.

Panel and Plenary Sessions

Three RTDs are scheduled on the second day, 27th December, to wit: “Jesuits in Pursuit of Peace in Mindanao” to be headed by Datu Mussolini Lidasan of ADDU’s Al Qalam Institute for Muslim Identities in Southeast Asia, Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ of ADZU, Atty. Johaira Wahab and Atty. Raisa Jajurie, both of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, Ms. Mucha Shim Quiling of Lumah ma Dilaut, Prof. Roque Yusuf Morales of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos, Br. Karl Gaspar, CSsR of the St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI), Maj. Gen. Natalio Ecarma of the Department of National Defense (DND), and Ms. Starjoan Villanueva of the Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM).

The second RTD is entitled “Jesuits in Support of Wealth Creation and Its Equitable Distribution” to be presented by Prof. Germelino Bautista of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Economic Department, Fr. Robert Yap, SJ and Fr. Rene Tacastacas, SJ of Xavier University (XU), Dr. Nene Guevarra of Synergeia, Ms. Jainab Abdulmajid of Gawad Kalinga and Arch. Daniel Lim of the Davao Chamber of Commerce.

Capping the second day’s schedule is the third RTD focusing on “Jesuits and the Mindanao Environment” with Fr. Pedro Walpole, SJ of the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change, Fr. Joy Pelino, SJ of the Social Action Center of the Archdiocese of Marbel, Mr. Jaybee Garganera of Alyansa Tigil Mina, Mr. Toni Loyzaga of the Manila Observatory, Dr. Leah Vidal of ADDU’s Institute of Anthropology, and Fr. Mars Tan, SJ of XU.

On 28th December, the RTD “Jesuits Promoting Spirituality and Leadership in Mindanao” is the last panel discussion of the three-day conversations.  The lead discussants are Hon. Toto Mangudadatu of the Provincial Government of Maguindanao, Dr. Tony La Vina of ADMU’s School of Governance, Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ and Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ of ADZU, Fr. Celerino Reyes, SJ of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and Atty. Laisa Alamia Masuhud of the Regional Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Articulated Resolutions

Critical on the third day is a series of resolutions which will be presented to the plenary before the formal end of the convocation. These articulated resolutions are, therefore, the fruits of the discussions of the past three (3) days which will then form part of the output (from Mindanao) to be presented to the national gathering of Jesuit heads in Manila in early January of 2014. Fr. Provincial Tony Moreno will immediately render his response upon the presentation of the collated resolutions.

A tour of Samal Islands, specifically the spread of property where a newly constructed retreat and spirituality center of ADDU now stands, caps the three-day event, following the mass and lunch.

Attendance by Invitation

Attendance to the Jesuits in Mindanao Conversations is strictly by invitation only.  It will be held at the Finster Auditorium on the afternoon of 26th December until lunchtime of 28th December.  Assisting Mr. Eliab and Mr. Bueza in the preparation are a select group of faculty, staff, personnel, and some students who are requested to assist in the conduct of the conversations from logistical preparations all the way down to liturgical services, RTD moderatorship, documentation, food and accommodation, among other things, including the Samal trek. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy, for the Office of the President)

Pope Francis’ Document Up for Discussion at Today’s Pakighinabi

         The Ateneo Leadership Center (ALC), in coordination with the Office of the President, will tackle Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation entitled Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) through the monthly series of conversations called the Pakighinabi.  At four o’clock in the afternoon today, 19th December, at F-705A, Fr. Archimedes “Kim” Lachica, SJ, Campus Minister for Faculty and Staff and a member of ALC, will lead the discussion on this Jesuit pope’s most extensive piece of writing since his elevation to the papacy.  Expected to join the conversation are the members of the ALC, the Office of the President, the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), faculty of the Theology and Philosophy departments, staff and personnel of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, members of the Formation Cluster in the Grade School and High School units, and other invited guests. University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ is expected to grace this occasion. Fr. Joel has always been a regular attendee of Pakighinabi – a specific venue where important and relevant issues concerning the church and society, as articulated in the university’s vision-mission statement, are brought to the fore for academic/intellectual discourse among experts, people-in-the-know and those who would like to be abreast of the current reading of the different signs of the times.

         Earlier in the week, 17th December at F-213, Fr. Kim has given a briefer on Evangelii Gaudium during the Advent Recollection of the members of the university’s Formation Cluster headed by the ISFO. 

  Today’s Pakighinabi promises to provide another interesting atmosphere for discourse as the members of the university community spend a good two hours of conversation and discussion over cups of coffee and some sweets.  (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy, for the Ateneo Leadership Center)