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Pictures from MPI 2016

Kaliwat Dancer on Bamboo Pole

Photographs from MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training are available on our website. Check them out here.

You will find photos from all the courses and major events, such as opening and closing rituals and cultural night. You can also find the class pictures for each class as full scale photos.

To download a photo, just click on any picture, and it will open up in a popup box. You will see a "DOWNLOAD" button in the bottom, left-hand corner in line with the Facebook like and Tweet buttons. Just click on the button to download the full photo. Photos downloaded this way do not have the MPI watermark.

Contact us if you have any questions or difficulty.

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The MPI Public Forum that is like the world

Public Forum PresentersMags Z. Maglana was the moderator for and synthesized the Public Forum held during MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training. The theme for the 2016 forum was “Overcoming Challenges: Making Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies a Reality.”

In an article in Sun Star Davao titled "The MPI Public Forum that is like the world," Mags comprehensively sythesized the forum, just as she did so during the forum itself. Even if you were able to attend the forum, it is worth reading Mags' article. You can access at Sus Star Davao here:

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2016/06/24/maglana-mpi-public-forum-world-481497.

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MPI Announces the 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training

MPI is pleased to announce the dates for the 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training.

Next year's training will be held from May 13 to June 3, 2016. Registration for the first week would be Sunday, May 12.

Please check back here for more information and how to register in the latter part of 2015.

See here for more information on our Annual Peacebuilding Training Program.

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MPI Facilitator a 2015 Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action Awardee

Maria Ida “Deng” GiguientoMPI is proud to share that MPI facilitator Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento is a 2015 Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action awardee.

As quoted in her the announcement of her being one of the awardees, her co-facilitator at MPI in 2015, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, stated, “Deng has exceptional power and strength that has sustained her work for over 20 years. Her capacity to connect with people from different races, ethnicities and religions is amazing.”

Deng had been an MPI facilitator since the very beginning of the training in 2000, never missing a single training. In 2015 she co-facilitated Fundamentals of Peacebuilding and Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding: Frameworks and Applications Read more about Deng and her work on the Tanenbaum website here. You can also read a brief bio of Deng on our own website here.

Congratulations to Deng from all of us at MPI!

Tanenbaum LogoTanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian nonprofit that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and areas of armed conflict.

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Timuay Ansiman Gumandal Balabag 1959 - 2016

Timuay BalbagOn January 23, 2015, we received the sad news from Lakewood, one of the Ancestral Domains with which MPI is working, that Timuay Ansiman Gumandal Balabag passed away due to a heart attack. He died at the age of 56 in his house at Barangay Baking, Lakewood, in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines.

As an MPI scholar, Timuay (Tribal Chieftain) Ansiman actively participated in most of MPI’s activities, including a recent activity in their tribal hall where he acted as a key informant in the Indigenous Political Structure (IPS) documentation for Lakewood. During the activity, he encouraged his fellow Timuays to intensely collaborate in sharing information and doing the genealogy because one will never know when Magbabaya beckons one home. Indeed, death comes like a thief in the night.

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