Saturday, December 29, 2012

Davao City hosts global convergence in 2013

An impressive line-up of world-renowned movers in the different spheres of society will be featured in the upcoming Liwanag World Festival on Creativity and Sustainability happening exactly a month from now. The Festival, taking place from January 29 to February 2, 2013 at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao, builds upon the outstanding achievements and reputation of the first two national Karangalan Conferences held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2005 and 2006. Karangalan highlighted the global and national achievements of Filipinos in many areas of life. More than 5000 people, including visitors from other countries, attended these two conferences.
The Liwanag Festival is now taking this success, giving it a new context and making it relevant to the second decade of the 21st Century—providing groups and individuals a creative space and opportunity to come together and share solutions to societal problems confronting us such as climate change, poverty, conflict, unequal distribution of wealth, lack of access to quality and responsive education, lack of livelihood opportunities, inadequate shelter, poor physiological and psychological health, unsustainable development practices, cultural decline, apathy, cynicism, and more. As part of this process, the proponents decided to locate the Festival in Davao City, being a city that is moving towards sustainability, having great leadership and a good track record (e.g. known for its Gender Development Code, Children Welfare Code, Firecracker Ban, No Smoking Ordinance, our own 911 emergency system, among other trailblazing practices).
Some of the topics and speakers in Liwanag are:
“Global impact and message of the Occupy Wallstreet Movement” Seth Jordan, co-founder and co-initiator of Think Outward and Occupy Wallstreet
“Revolutionary Discoveries in the Science of the Heart and Its Relevance to Creativity and Societal Sustainability Bruce Cryer, Global Director of Heart Math Health Care, a technique created to help people decrease their stress levels and increase their quality of life.
“The New Story of the Universe and the Future of Humanity Barbara Max Hubbard, President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Alongside these guest speakers are Philippines’ own leaders: Maria Ressa, high profile journalist and CEO of Rappler, will elaborate on The Strategic Importance of Independent Media in Sustainable Societies. For civil society, the powerhouse group of Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay, Geologist, Dr. Laura David, Oceanographer, and Dr. Cora Claudio, Environmental Scientist—members of Ten Outstanding Women in the Nations Service (TOWNS) Team on Climate Change will help participants gain a deeper understanding of Climate Change and its impact on humanity. For the economic sphere, Ms. Gina Lopez, Executive Director of ABS-CBN Foundation, will encourage participants to follow their example in Mobilizing Business to Defend Nature; Mr. Tony Meloto, Founder of GK-Center for Social Innovation will likewise share how they Reinvented Philippine Agriculture through Social Enterprise. For the cultural sphere, Surallah Mayor Romulo Solivio, with Sculptor-Artist Kublai Millan, will share their experience onGovernment and Civil Society partnerships for the Rebirth of Culture.
Most importantly, a multi-stakeholder panel from Bayawan City will present Character First: The Liwanag Anchor of Bayawan City's Journey to Sustainability. Bayawan City, two hours away from Dumaguete,  Negros Oriental, boasts the title of being a “Character City,” a member of the International Association of Character Cities and a pioneer Department of Health certified “Healthy City” in the Philippines. Recently, it was recognized by the Asian Institute of Management city as “one of the Top 10 Best Cities to Live In in the Philippines (Small Cities Category)” under its Competitive Cities Survey 2007.
With this festival, the proponents want to emphasize that creativity and sustainability initiatives are alive, healthy and well, not only in Davao City but also in other parts of the country, and, of course, the world. Aside from the plenary presentations, hundreds of pre-registered as well as spontaneous parallel creative workshops, performances and exhibits will be taking place during the entire week, featuring participating individuals and initiatives with inspiring and innovative solutions to current challenges; local, national and international artists such as Joey Ayala (who also composed and performed the official Liwanag Festival theme song); ritualists from different tribes of Mindanao; Bayang Barrios; the Talaandig Artists of Bukidnon; performing artist-activist Juana Change; Sampsa Pirtola from Europe; Hinuguyaw Cultral Dance Troupe; Kaliwat Theatre Collective; Madayaw Cultural Troupe; Bayanihan Dancers, and other surprise artists.

“Two faces of the Philippines, two faces of the world mirrored in two forms of life. On one side, dense darkness amidst suffering and strivings. But on the distant road ahead are pulsing balls of light, like torches blazing trails of Hope – initiatives of some groups of humans in vigil for the herald of a new tomorrow. Brothers and Sisters, Let us glory on these strivings to change the face of the World.”

-The essence of Liwanag Festival on Sustainability and Creativity, as captured in words by Davao-based Palanca awardee Don Pagusara

Liwanag World Festival is initiated by the Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organizing and Networking (, supported by the Lifebank Foundation, Inc. a microfinance institution providing financial opportunities for the poor, specifically women. For more details about Liwanag World Festival and how to join, log on to You may also contact Liwanag Secretariat through email:, landline: +6382.286.726, or visit us at: Door A6 2nd Floor, Lakitan Mall San Pedro St., Davao City, Phils. Look for Lilli Arellano 0918.914.1047, Melma Abasolo 0922.832.3244 or Nick Solana 0918.520.1400

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Another Affair

I've noticed the trending in Filipino movies about infidelity, lately.

At first came in, No Other Woman. And though, I hate to say it, I watched this with my Tita who really wants to watch it with me. You see, she's from a province and it was a rare request, and so I just tagged along. It happened. But, it had a good ending. I guess, I felt it was kinda okay.

Then came..... A Secret Afair. Okaaaaaay. Then... The Mistress.......

What are they teaching kids now?

Movies reflect our culture. Seems like our culture when it comes to commitment....  is slowly going down the drain.

I know probably its all about money..... since I heard: "No Other Woman" earned a lot and is prolly one of the highest grossing films from last year.... (and yeah, I was responsible for 3 seats that time).

But, but, but, oh welll....... just airing this out. I know.. to each his own... and its quiet sad to see, it's slowly probably becoming a "norm".  But, is normal.... really healthy?

And we all know.... that when it hits mainstream... and everybody is doing it..... well, who cares?

Ok, wait till I have myself an affair. And I'll say what's on the other end. But, I clearly know how it feels like being on the receiving end. And it sucks.

Either way, the people on the other end.... will either do the same thing out of revenge, like the one in "The Mistress".... or.... the person will go through his journey of aches and pains... of never wanting to commit na. But, that's life right? It can't all be rosy and rainbows.....

Anyway, this will give more jobs and money  to psychologists, counselors, marriage advisor.... and booze , motels, hotels, make-ups, clothes, plastic surgeries, weight loss products...  etc.

Note: These are just my ideas, opinions and reflections. Nothing against people into secret affairs... because once again.... "to each his own". I'm just concerned, how this will be in the future.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What is LIWANAG to you?

One of my visions for our country, the Philippines is coming true!

And I'm getting the first had experience.

I've always dreamed of inviting people I admire and who inspires me, be they authors, inspirational speakers, or simply doing a great job in creating changes and giving solutions to global challenges!

I remember talking about that dream with Ate M. some two years ago, and I never thought... it would go this way! and something grand!

Anyway... me and my Imaginal friends in MISSION are organizing Liwanag World Festival on Creativity and Sustainability this coming January 29 to February 2, 2012. :)

To start the conversations of humanity..... let me ask this question:

"What is Liwanag to you?"

Please enter your full name or screen name :P
Name - Field/Company/Advocacy

We might just include your answer in our Facebook Page: Liwanag WorldFest, Inc.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

TRANSITIONS - Eurythmy Tour

If music and words could be seen, what would it be like?

If letters, words, verses, and geometrical forms could be moved, what would it be like?


Don't miss this Eurythymy Tour!! 



Performed by the Arte Nova Insitut Eurythmy Youth Ensemble and Tanja Baumgartner.

A first time performance in Asia following a recent debut at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

Date : Friday, October 12, 2012
Venue : Davao Convention Center, F. Torres St., Davao City


Time : 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices : Php400.00


MATINEE for students*

Time : 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices : Php100.00

*In cooperation with various schools and colleges in Davao City

**Please be at the venue at least 30 minutes before show time.


For ticket sales and reservations, please contact :

Maya : 0908 153 5326 (smart) and 0922 893 8370 (sun) 
Lorie : 0917 322 9009 (globe) and 295-3633 (landline)


You can also contact me.... because I have some tickets too. 


Let us support Tuburan Institute, Inc. Our non-stock, non-profit Steiner-Waldorf inspired school. :) 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ikepono Seminar in Manila

Ike Pono is coming to Manila on October 19,20,21 & 26,27,28 (6Days -2 weekends) 

Venue at the 3rd Flr Red Cross Rizal Chapter, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City 

For more details text or call 0915-2037480 (globe).

Or just message me here, so I can give your number/details to the organizers in Manila.

I just attended Ikepono here in Davao... (we are on our second weekend), first day and you feel that is already worth what you paid!

Absolutely Lovely Workshop! :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Open Letter to Save Davao Shrine Hills

Background of why we need to Save Davao Shrine Hills... please check the website: Save Davao Shrine Hills 


July 24, 2012
An open letter to all councilors of the 16th City Council of Davao City

Dear councilors,

“Do not doubt the power of thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever did.” These were the words of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead in the 1970s. They still reverberate around the globe in places, for instance, where powerful transnational companies wreaking havoc on biodiversity and humanity are being successfully opposed by a handful of determined individuals. Nothing is impossible because everywhere, government, business, and civil society are working together to create a better world. Just look at the wonderful success stories of green cities like Portland (America), Curritiba (Brazil), Malmo (Sweden), Barcelona (Spain), Melbourn (Australia), Bogota (Colombia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Vancouver (Canada), and Reykjavic (Iceland)!

In Davao City, it’s been 6 years since the dynamic team of Barangay Maa Federation of Homeowner Associations started going to the Sangguniang Panglungsod to ask councilors to Save Davao Shrine Hills. Today the campaign has evolved into saving Davao Shrine Hills by turning it into a nature park. We from the global Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organizing, and Networking (MISSION) fully support this wonderful turn of events.

More than 8,000 signatures have been gathered from Davaoenos who want to turn Davao Shrine Hills into a nature park. More support is pouring in. Add to this the political will of Davao City councilors who banned smoking in public places, banned plastic bags in the market and malls, created a bicycle lane ordinance, stopped aerial spraying in banana plantations, and numerous other LGU projects big and small. The spotlight is now on the campaign to turn Davao Shrine Hills into a nature park and the political will of the 24 councilors to stand firm and be united to see it brought to fruition despite all the money already poured in by developers to build subdivisions on Davao Shrine Hills. Despite landowners there wanting to build houses on the dangerous slopes or sell their plots of land!

The Environmental Watch Committee’s beautiful comprehensive powerpoint last July 23, 2012 says it all: there are too many advantages of creating a vast nature park in the middle of Davao City! What are we waiting for? Our children today know far too much about malls, about television shows, and about computer games. Our children today stay at home too much and are far too clean, too careful, too timid, too afraid to try new things, to get dirty, to explore new relationships with other children who look different from them, who speak a different language, and who think and behave differently. A nature park in Davao City will make a big difference in children’s lives for sure. Political will.

Just imagine a nature park in the city – with indigenous trees, flowers, birds, and insects – that doesn’t forbid children to climb and explore, to crawl and examine, to walk and lie down on the grass, to be quiet and mull over the mystery of the sky, to close their eyes and listen to birdsong, to play hide and seek and tag and patintero with all their might, to laugh out loud till it hurts, to shriek in surprise again and again and again, to unabashedly shout for joy! Children need a nature park in the city where they can go on picnics and read without their thoughts being drowned out by loud music over a PA system. Children need a nature park in the city to go bird watching and bike around, and gather under the trees, between the flowers, surrounded by butterflies to talk about their purpose for existing. Political will.

The timing is perfect to turn Davao Shrine Hills into a nature park. This January 29 – February 2, 2013 there will be a Liwanag World Festival on Sustainability and Creativity right here in Davao City that will gather the best of the world’s most sustainable initiatives in governance, in education, in science, in business, and so on. Thousands of Filipinos and visitors from abroad will meet in Davao City to be inspired by each other’s sustainable initiatives whose flames they’ll bring back to their own communities and light up the Philippines and the world. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the Liwanag World Festival on Sustainability and Creativity will be held in a city that is striving to be a sustainable city in the truest sense of the word ?

Respectfully yours,

Maya Vandenbroeck
Kate Estember
Tina Suelto
Darlene Suelto
Leo Avila
Melma Abasolo
Gina Cembrano
Monica Ayala
Arjun Marapon
Ellen Trazo
Art Suelto
Neng Suelto
Paolo Suelto
Rhon delos Santos

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

July oh July

This July we will be bringing in 3 kinds of Workshops for you! :)

There's this July 9-11, 2012: Biodynamic Healing Workshop.  ->

For more info: Biodynamic Healing Workshop Event Page

Biodynamic Healing Workshop are for people who are into healing, preferably who got experience with different kind of alternative healing modality. :)

Also there's a one-on-one session, which would last for 45minutes, if you want a healing yourself on July 12-13, 2012.

July 14-15, 2012 -   LIWANAG COURAGE WORKSHOP.

 I really suggest you guys near Davao City, do join this one...... specially if you have dreams in creating a better Philippines. You will be meeting individuals who are committed to CREATE the VISION of a better Philippines. It's also a prelude for a World Festival we will be creating about creativity and sustainability, which we will formally launch this August! :) So yeah.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.

The goal of this workshop is to identify and map out the sustainable initiatives in Davao City. To map out the points of light and it will be a starting point. :) 

In case you are joining just confirm on our event pages. :) or message me: + 63 9177054599

See you there!!

P.S. You can check our website: Movement of Imaginals

Tungo sa Liwanag,


Monday, June 11, 2012

The Bees

I would never forget this line when I watched the movie "The Happening".... or was it "Knowing"? I forgot which movie but it was this line that caught my attention:

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."

Einstein said that. And I believe it to be true. It was also re-affirmed by the years of work by Rudolf Steiner.

And the growing concern that the bees population is a huge problem.

It is believed that the bees are responsible for 75% of the crops to produce, because they need pollinators. They cause the flowers to prouce, seeds, grains, fruits and vegetables. Without the bees, there would be no mangoes, apples, cherries, strawberries, honey..... and our livestock produce would suffer too, because they can't eat grass.... and so goes the cycle.

To put it simply, without the bees, the human race would be next to be extinct.

There's also the problem that the bees are pollinating plants that are GMOs, and all the chemicals and pesticides used in farm crops. That's why they are having problems with the bee population.....

Why am I sharing this now? Because, just today a swarm of bees came to our house, turns out they have a previous hive somewhere here and a colony plans to stay here for the moment..... and original thought would be, to exterminate them and that they are pests... but no, they are not.

so, please please.... let's live with them... we are supposed to have a coexitsting relationship with them.

Kudos to all Bee Keepers I know, Mr Nicanor Perlas (Iloilo) and Tito Leo Avila.

also check my post about the symbol "BEES" bring: The Swarm

For more info:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Paving Paradise

"they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.... " - Big Yellow Taxi

182 trees in Baguio are being threatened to be cut down for a parking lot to be made. Just to park cars!!!  And as you read this.. around 6am today 10 trees were already down.. that leaves us with 172 more trees to be saved.

But, good news is that.... a TEPO (Temporary Environmental Protection Order) was served. For three days SM cannot touch the trees.

Nobody knows about this.. because Mainstream Media cannot talk about this. Because they cannot talk about their hot shot investors right? It's part of the contract. Very sleazy actually. Any company who threatens the environment can just advertise and pay Mainstream Media and ta-da everything can be done without letting the people now.

Good thing Alternative Media is here and through Social Networks... more people are becoming aware... but we need more!!

To participate and be updated of what's happening: Join the Group in Facebook:

Why do we need to value trees?

People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people. - Bryce Nelson 


Friday, March 30, 2012

Biography Workshop in Davao

Dearest Family and Friends,

To those who will be in Davao City on April 2 - April 3, 2012.... I'm inviting you to join us in a 2 day Life Review Retreat.... (it's a bummer that it's a weekday... but so far we got confirmations who will be there despite work.... most of them taking leaves or just plain absent... for those who just graduated... it's the perfect time!) Woohoo!

I'm excited since I will be taking the workshop for the first time. This will ground me for the World Festival we plan to create by year 2013! (and we are planning as we speak). 

We all know what we want, what we don't want, our irks and quirks..... but do we really know what we are meant to DO?

What is the Workshop about?

To become more conscious of our purpose, to come very close and reach our highest possibilities.

What's the process?

Through a guided methodological reflection on our life, we can awaken to our deepest striving. You will be guided to uncover the deep patterns in your life to help awaken the deepest intentions that you have been carrying with you. The way your life, with all its struggles and achievements, has unfolded through time contains the key to understanding your past and provides an important foundation for recognizing your life task. When you discover this, you will unlock incredible new life horizons that can be of tremendous benefit to yourself, as well as to others and to your world.

So yeah.... if you are joining...


With this I leave you with something that Mitch Albom said: 

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MISSION Workshop and Events

Hello everyone!
I know it has been awhile since my last blog update. There's just so many things on my plate right now... However, I'm doing my best to juggle everything.

Just wanted to drop a few announcements of upcoming Events/Workshops happening around Davao City and some parts of Pinas that I know of:
March 17(Alternative Education)

Tuburan Institute Parent's Orientation (Steiner/Waldorf inspired school) - 2pm-4pm @ Food Cove NCCC Mall, Davao City (Free)

Contact: Kate - 09177174668 or Maya - 09081535326

March 18: Cleanup/Gardenig @ Tuburan Institute (Morning) 
                   Vermiculture Workshop (Afternoon) 
(details by Ate Kate) Contact: Kate - 09177174668

March 24: (Wellness)

Crystal Enlightenment Workshop with Ms. Riza Regis - 1pm-7pm @ Legaspi Street, Davao City
Energy Exchange: 3,000/head with snack  
Contact: Tina(Me) - 09177054599 or Monica - 09224833948

March 31-April 1:

Workshop:Courage Midsayap - 9am-5pm 
Contact: Kate - 09177174668

April 2-3:  

 Biography Workshop (Fee will be much higher than Workshop:Courage. Prepare at least 1,500/head) - 
Contact: Kate - 09177174668 or Tina - 09177054599/09228020297

April 24-27: Building Spiritual/Sustainable Communities toward a Neo-Proutistic Society @ Blissful Family Village Davao City  (details to follow)

Contact: Ellen - 09154850422
For Baguio Events: 

Contact: Ferdinand Veridiano - 0908-886-8432 and Grace - 09175388630

April 23-24: Transforming our Planet Capacitating Climate Change Communicators and Educators (Baguio) Speaker: Sheila R. Castillo - Tiangco (Reg Fee: Php 3,600)

April 25 - Transforming the Society: Structural Analysis and Social Change @ Baguio - Reg Fee: 1,800

April 26: Transforming our Body: Pollution destroys our Body and Alternative Health Solutions Reg Fee - 1,800
April 27-28 Transforming Ourselves: Psychological, and Spiritual (non-sectarian) Health and Wellbeing - Reg Fee: 3,600.
I guess that sums it all up! It looks like a pretty rich summer!! 
Days are growing warmer and I'm very excited about the emerging NEW PHILIPPINES. 

So, dear blogger friends and family... I'll see you around in one of those events eh? (I won't be joining the Baguio workshops though. But, yeah those who are Baguio based can join's gonna be fun!!)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012: Changes and Issues

A lot of things has been emerging around the world today. Everybody knows 2012 is bringing something... to some it can be cataclysmic to others it will be glorious.

With the rise of the information technology..... you get different views from different people. I've been on a hunt as to what 2012 will bring for the past few months... What will happen at the end of this year? Will it be devastating?

But, as I searched and I searched I stumbled onto so many issues... that if I would have stayed in my pretty little bubble, I wouldn't have known about what is going on. I have given up the usual 7pm news 2 years ago and all the big media corporations because I know they are one form of "programming" the ones in "POWER" want us to be in. Media is focusing on issues that are irrelevant.... they keep us blind to what is really happening in the world.

Of course, searching online you also have to be cautious. Because, not everything you see, hear or read about are entirely true. However, I am very grateful that "alternative media" are already sprouting. Giving us information that is not available in mainstream media.

So, what are the pressing issues I stumbled upon?

  • Civil Society - Last year, I was following the "Occupy Movement" which got their inspiration from the "Arab Spring". It went from "Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Philippines, Occupy Earth, Occupy the Future to Occupy your Heart". It's amazing how our mainstream media is not talking about this... This was launched by the group Anonymous and a lot of things/groups/organizations sprang forth. But, one needs to find balance in protesting peacefully in the streets. So, a group of people are currently creating and starting initiatives that will sustain us in the future. Whenever I watch the videos of the Occupy Movement, I get mixed emotions... from rage to the 1% and the feeling of hope. Although, in the end.... I know that emotions that comes from love would be 100% times more powerful than rage.
  • Information Technology - With the rise of the machines, currently humans are making the "last machine to be invented by humans." If it will be invented... we will be deemed useless. And you can see it rising already. If we lose our humanity by treating people like machines.... then it wouldn't be LIFE at all. You can be amazed how some scientists are so advanced mentally that they begin to think "technology is everything". It will be another Atlantis. -_-
  • Internet - with the proposed SOPA/ACTA which censors our freedom of speech.... by merely posting a youtube video or music by a labeled artist, we could be sued and imprisoned for 50 years. 
  • Unfair Laws - more and more laws that violates human rights are being passed. US Pres. Obama just signed NDAA last 2011. NDAA states that people can be imprisoned and tortured without due process, foreigners or civilians. Now, what if you were caught under the law of SOPA/ACTA and be under U.S. soil? -_- And the on going debate here in the Philippines about RH Bill and what not.
  • Environment - Climate Change. Global Warming to Sustainable Ecology. Solar Power. Coal-Fired Plant. Mining. Landslides. Flood.The debate goes on. Just follow Greenpeace, and other green advocaies.
  • Healthcare - Also, earlier last year I saw an issue about EU banning alternative healthcare such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic, and all those ancient healing traditions and will force you to only take "allopathic medicine". Alternative healthcare will be illegal
  • Economics - Actually the Occupy Movement tackled about issues in economics. How the money of the world is controlled by the 1%. And how more and more people are in debt due to unfair practices. And yeah the economy of other countries specially the super powers are tethering to the edge and they will create havoc to regain the power back.
  • Hyper Consumption - with the rise of various malls as "ground zero for materialism", people are lured into the world of consumerism. You have to buy this and that....  
  • Energy - Coal-fired power plants. Nuclear plants. Increasing demand of energy and they need to bastardize the Earth to get it. For what? For money. o_O. And the suppression of the technology of Free Energy.
  • Values - what do we value now? It seems like people value money over people. To have more. Our society programs our people through print, tv ads, and with entertainers. We pay entertainers much more than we do our noble professions - such as educators... and priests...

And the list goes on... there are so many issues around.... locally and globally.
Which goes to show.. that 2012 is the moment where we are at the crossroads. Where humanity will choose which side to move forward to.

The old ways are clearly not working. All large institutions are going through changes and transitions (economics, politics). There are so many things happening... internally (within each one of us) and externally (polar shift and galactic alignment).... time seems to fly by.....

with all my search... I think nobody really knows what will happen on 2012. The people in POWER (1%) got their own schemes on how to keep their money and power....
All i know is that we need to be prepared... not out of fear.... but out of love. How?

Photo Source:

By going back to yourself... listen to your heart.... listen to your inner voice. Follow your intuition. Ask for divine guidance..... Stay grounded, connected to Mother Earth, always do clearing and before going out of your home... "shield yourself".

There will be lots of changes... local ones... devastating sometimes... sometimes giving us hope.... This is an intense year..... and everyone feels it....
whether it will be a challenging one for you or something glorious... it is up to you....

all i know is that the community I am in is gearing towards a sustainable future, something that starts with personal mastery...... and to tap into our Creative Self that is hibernating or sometimes covered by our "programmed self".....

should you want to connect with a community.... do tell me... I can suggest a few available in your city. :)

Friday, January 06, 2012

Save Belo Monte!

I found this over Tumblr. I feel the Chief's heartache because I feel the same way when the government officials of Davao City approved the Aboitiz coal plant here in Davao. It is so sad. :(

The chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed to her and which were ignored as the more than 600 000 signatures. That is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000 indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater investments in energy efficiency.

It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.