Inter-Religious Formulations

SOMETIME this year, top Vatican officials will meet with the world’s leading Islamic scholars to discuss ways to establish a permanent dialogue between the two faiths as means to world peace. We in Mindanao can say with some pride that we preceded this move by 12 years. In 1996, Mindanao’s Catholic and evangelical bishops and […]

Is RP-MILF Peace Talk Dead Already?

Zamboanga City — MORO rebel leaders have advised the government that they will not honor a draft proposal on ancestral domain agreement if it is produced solely by the government and not from the negotiating table involving the two parties. The government is currently redrafting for the third time its proposal on the ancestral domain […]

AIPh and AIZ Conduct Human Rights Initiatives in Zambo

Zamboanga City – IN a bid to mobilize and boost the group’s membership, Amnesty International Philippines (AIPh) in coordination with Amnesty International Zamboanga Group (AIZ) organized a week of human rights activities in the city recently. The national secretariat organized an orientation including giving the basics of human rights work for local AI members and […]

Make our Nation Great Again, Top Pinoy Social Entrepreneur Dares WMSU Grads

Zamboanga City – COLLEGE graduates of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) were challenged to become exemplars of “hope and heroism” and “to sacrifice personal interest for the good of many” during their two graduation exercises last March 26 and 27. Keynoting the commencement theme of “The WMSU Graduate: Emergent Leader in Social Entrepreneurship”, Ateneo de […]

Muslim Reformer’s ‘heresy’: The Islamic State is a Dead End

ABDULLAHI Ahmed an-Naim has seen what can happen to an Islamic reformer: His mentor was executed in 1985 in Sudan; he himself had to flee the country. Still, the self-described “Muslim heretic” has no trouble traveling the Islamic world spreading his controversial message: There is no such thing as an Islamic state. A secular state […]

Dialogue Workers Go To Basilan for Interfaith Reality Check

Basilan Province – PEACE advocates and dialogue experts from different parts of Mindanao went on a day of actual exposure on interfaith dialogue last April 2, this time listening to the stories of residents of this province. The activity was part of the three-day Inter-Religious Dialogue (IRD) Conference sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from […]

11 Chosen as Beacons of Peace

Zamboanga City – ELEVEN outstanding young college and high school graduates were named as this year’s “Young Peace Weavers” in recognition of their contribution in spreading the word of peace within their families and among peers as well as the whole school environment and community. The awardees for this year include four from the college […]

Eucharistic Celebration to Usher 3-Year Centennial Jubilee of Zambo Archdiocese

THE city’s over half million-strong Roman Catholics will mark their archdiocese’s 100th founding anniversary on April 10 with a Eucharistic celebration at the Our Lady of Pillar Shrine at Fort Pilar. Archbishop Romulo Valles will lead the ceremonies which will also kick-off a three-year jubilee celebration to mark the golden anniversary of the archdiocese’s elevation […]


Although Rice Stocks Remain Adequate, Its Rising Cost Will Create Many Problems to Pinoys THE era of cheap food that the world has enjoyed for the past decade at least is over. In the past few months, food prices globally have risen by an average of 40 percent, economic watchers and analysts say. Rice, the […]