Twinkle "Tala" Bautista

We call her Tala — the Pilipino term for star. She desires to be a Tala that points toward the Prince of Peace; a star that reflects only the Prince of Peace; to shine pointing to the Shalom. Tala is a proud member of the Kalinga First Nation and celebrates the fact that she belongs to the Indigenous People (IP). She’s a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. At an early age, she dreamed to be a missionary. Now that she’s part of PeaceBuilders Community, she testifies with much excitement that she is a 'peacebuilding missionary'! Tala is our most qualified partnership designer and seasoned inclusive development mentor. She also serves as Vice President for Community Development at Coffee for Peace, Inc. Asked about her passion as an IP missionary: “I believe in the wealth of the indigenous knowledge. I dream of IPs rejoicing in their cultural heritage without shame and freely sharing the indigenous knowledge with the mainstream — the business world, academe, media, etc. The encouraging thing is, there are already steps done to uphold the IPs. We can build on them.”

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PAR KALINGA PARTNERS WITH NCCA TO HELP DEVELOP BULO EAST SCHOOL OF LIVING TRADITION

The Peace and Reconciliation Community in Kalinga is working in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as well as with various stakeholders in Barangay Bulo East in Tabuk City to develop the Bulo East School of Living Traditions (SLT). Bulo East SLT started more than ten years ago as a …

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CAPIZ PAR MOVEMENT EXTENDS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

I have this privilege of witnessing firsthand how the pastors apply Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles to their lives and ministries. For the past 10 months, a total of 235 local pastors and community leaders from all over Capiz Province have finished the Basic PAR Training. Some key leaders have invited the PBCI PAR Consulting …

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PBCI CELEBRATES WITH TALAANDIG’S “FEED 10,000 JOURNEY”

PBCI celebrates with the first year milestone of the “Feed 10,000 Journey” of the Talaandig Tribe The Talaandig tribe celebrated its first-year milestone of what it considers as a revolutionary effort against conventional farming and food systems. In 2014, the Talaandig started the “Feed 10,000 Journey” which aims to feed 10,000 people in a month. …

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DISASTER SURVIVORS ARE VICTIMIZED BY DISASTER EXPLOITATION

Disaster Capitalism leads to Disaster Exploitation. The former has been explained and used as a framework in our understanding of the Zamboanga Crisis. The latter is an abusive action of the more powerful against the less powerful in times of disaster, taking advantage of the powerlessness of the survivors in the middle of a shock or …

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THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON THE BANGSAMORO: WHY AND HOW WE GOT HERE

Our friends, critics, clients, and network are asking us why we, at PBCI, support the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). So, we requested Tala Bautista, our senior staff, to share her insights on how the Government of the Philippines (GPH) under President Noynoy Aquino’s administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) arrived at …

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PEACE AND RECONCILIATION BECOMES PRACTICAL FOR COFFEE FARMERS

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc., in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Kapwa Upliftment, intensify the advancement of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices among the people in Sitio Pluto, Barangay Balutakay, Municipality of Bansalan, in the Province of Davao del Sur. On 4-5 June 2013, farmers in this community felt the practicality of peace and reconciliation …

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PBCI INTENSIFIES COFFEE FARMERS’ TRAINING IN BUKIDNON

In the interior of the mountains of Bukidnon where banditry is supposed to be rampant, around 180 farmers gathered for coffee training on 10 March 2013. A Higaonon tribal member went to the PBCI office in Davao City, six hours away, to invite us to their place. When we went there, we proved once again …

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FROM 650 TO 14,000: PBCI SUBMITS FINAL RELIEF DELIVERY REPORT

There are more than five million people hungry because of Typhoon Pablo (International name: Bopha) and Peacebuilders Community had no available funds for relief operations. On 4 December 2013, Pablo leashed its fury in Mindanao leaving more than a thousand people dead, hundreds of thousands of families homeless and millions without livelihood. Mindanao Development Authority …

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DOING RELIEF AND THINKING REHABILITATION: THE TYPHOON PABLO SCENARIO

For 72 hours, volunteers packed relief goods working straight with just a few hours of sleep. On 18 December 2500 families in Compostela and New Bataan received their sacrifice of love. Before that, 1150 families of indigenous peoples in Monkayo who were not reached by relief were also given food packs. The volunteers were all …

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PBCI DELIVERS PBSP & MCC RELIEF GOODS TO DIBABAWON TRIBE

It is six days after Typhoon Pablo. All media outlets are showing pictures of devastation morning until night that it is almost numbing. In a small village up in the mountains of Monkayo, Compostela Valley, 950 indigenous families are away from the camera lights. They suffered so much with their houses twisted up and their …

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