“Mindanao: The Land of Promise?” – A religious forum on the issues that peoples in Mindanao face

You are cordially invited to a forum on

“Mindanao: The Land of Promise?”

Sponsored by the  National  Ecumenical  Forum  for  Filipino  Concerns  (NEFFCON)

Special Guests :



(Missionaries  of  the  Assumption)

Convenors , Initiatives  for  Peace  in  Mindanao (INPEACE)

Date :     July  9, 2011, Saturday

Time :    3:00– 6:00 PM

Location : Filipino Community Center

4681 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94112

For more info, please contact Neffcon thru:  Rev. Wilson de Ocera  @ 415-902-6046 / Kiko Carcellar @ 925-413-5199


Sister Mila Gimeno and Sister Esperanza Clapano, religious sisters of the Missionaries of the Assumption in Davao City, Philippines, are in town to share with us their deep spiritual life and witness amidst the loads of issues that peoples in Mindanao and in the Philippines face. They have decided to meaningfully spend their six-month sabbatical leave here in the U.S. and in Canada to build interest and seek advocates among peoples in the U.S. (Filipinos and non-Filipinos) for Mindanao and Philippine issues.

Sister Esperanza is the founder of the Missionaries of the Assumption’s ASHRAM Community, a center for contemplation, wellness, and alternative healing. She is one of the founders of the Sisters’ Association in Mindanao (SAMIN), an association which fought the Marcos Dictatorship and promotes justice and peace work through sisters’ participation in mobilizations, political education, and immersion with the basic sectors in Philippine society. Sister Esper also leads local struggles in her retreat farm in Mintal to protect water resources of communities threatened by what is touted as the world’s biggest wakeboarding facility.

Sister Mila is one of the leading advocates of transformative education in the Philippines. She held various administrative positions in Assumption schools in the Davao region and has been on the board of Education Forum (now Educators’ Forum for Development). She has devoted years of mission work among indigenous peoples and pioneered community-based health apostolates. Her efforts have led to the establishment of literacy-numeracy schools following alternative, Creation-centered, and indigenous pedagogy graduating hundreds of Lumad children otherwise not served by government’s formal educational system. She has also pioneered the first community-based hospital in one of Davao’s hinterland districts. She is a convenor of the Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao (INPEACE).

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