News, Editorials, and Reflections

Sustaining our culture and nurturing faith in daily life: A story of gratitude, hope, and a call for the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples

Alma Lumista Alma Lumista of the Pulangiyēn Indigenous Community in Mindanao, Philippines, highlights the spiritual relationship of the Pulangiyēn with Creation, and how their culture teaches them to value all forms of life. Alma also shares her story of how…
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Building back better in Bendum: A dream-to-reality journey towards a resilient home and a good life

Mercy Pakiwag Mercy Pakiwag, a Pulangiyēn, shares her story of building a house and a home for her family and the challenges she faced in the process. This effort in building back better houses in Bendum emerged from an earlier…
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APC teacher Maura Lipanda finds hope for the Philippine uplands through culture-based education

I am Maura Deloso Lipanda, a Pulangiyēn community teacher of the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) in Sitio Bendum, Northern Mindanao, Philippines, a Jesuit-supported Indigenous school. I am a Pulangiyēn Indigenous Community member and live along the Pulangi River headwaters…
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A living canvas: Depicting Bendum’s biodiversity in the gaup

Yanyan Yacapin One of the walls at Balay Magnanau showcases a vivid painting of the Bendum gaup and its biodiversity. This artwork highlights the 20 pillar species essential for biodiversity while emphasizing the interdependence between different bird species and certain…
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