Aetas ethnic dances are done for certain purpose or celebration. Being nomadic in the mountain, celebrations are done on their own ways. Dancing actions are usually integrated with the animals in the jungle and nature. Today, they use a guitar and flutes for the rhythm. Aetas mimic the actions of animals, birds and crickets. Together with the traditional dances, Aetas are offering gifts and sacrifices before they hunt or plant their crops. This Native group perform ritual dances for the environmental spirit whom they called “anito”. This is a way of respecting the environment and to live in harmony with nature.



“Walk for Unity 2014” in Our Lady of Salvation Parish in South Upi Maguindanao

A CALL FOR UNITY AMIDST DIVERSITY

How does one cultivate values of justice, equality, and peace among people with different belief systems, cultural patterns and leadership allegiance, with strong impressions of inherent rights to land yet, belonging to one racial origin of being a Filipino? This question serves as a challenge to the Oblates and lay leaders of the Our Lady of Salvation Parish in Timanan, South Upi, Maguindanao.

Thereupon, a series of planning sessions were conducted with the Parish Pastoral Council by Vice-Mayor and current Parish Pastoral Council Auditor, Mr. Remigio Sioson as Facilitator and Fr. Jurambelle John Sacil, OMI, as Co-Facilitator. Consequently, an event, “Embrace Diversity, Walk for Unity” was held last August 16, 2014 as part of the fiesta celebration which was open to all non-Christians, Indigenous People, and Christians.

As early as 5 o’clock in the morning, the assembly was held in three areas designated for the mixed group of Tri-People: Muslims, Indigenous People and Christians. The march started with an Opening Prayer Ritual by the representatives of the Tri-People in the assembly. It was a sight to behold when around 500 marchers comprised of young children, teens, adults, middle-age groups, senior citizens, marines, police force, local government units, pastors and Muslim religious leaders took part in the affair, mostly donned in the event’s t-shirt. The “Walk for Unity” covered a 2-kilometer walk which started at 5:30 a.m. towards the municipal gymnasium, the point of convergence. When the whole assembly was gathered, an unexpected loud burst of clapping filled the gym, conceivably signifying the goal of unity and acceptance of each divergent faith groups.

The unveiling of the “Unity Post” then followed. Each participant held a lit candle as the ritual prayers were offered for unity, peace for one another and peace for Timanan. The 4-sided Unity Post is inscribed with the aspiration, “May peace reign” in four languages, Teduray, Maguindanaon, Filipino and Ilonggo. Speeches were delivered by representatives of different religious sectors, Christians and Muslims alike, Fr. Dennis Gui, OMI– Parish Priest, a Marine officer, the Chief of Police, and Parish Pastoral Council President.

A symbolic communion of diverse faiths concluded with a “Salu-Salo”sponsored by various volunteers. The previous concern about the adequacy of the food for all participants soon vanished. Like the biblical multiplication of loaves and fishes, the provisions proved to be more than enough.

With the strategic location of the “Unity Post”, the invitation,“Embrace Diversity, Come Walk for Unity” continues to be relived.

Shared by: Dennis Gui <densgui@yahoo.com>



Carol C Smith
Bong Vega and LTCKK help the Aeta Village in Kawayan, Capas, Tarlac. Khaye David and Roscon Foundation help the Paidyawan Village in the same area. We hope a lot of our townmates will help both organizations in reaching out to these communities.



ROSCON FOUNDATION donated to this enrichment seminar in fulfullment of its promise to support the Compostela Camp’s activities. The Foundation believes in the preservation of family unity for successful livelihood development in the community. Without harmony in a family, the children will not be raised in a favorable climate which makes them positive members of the Community. Donation confirmed by Ms. Marilyn Jumao-as, Director, Compostela Camp, Cebu, Philippines. Once again, a mission accomplished:

“Taking care of people who take care of people…”


‘We Are The World for Philippines [TYPHOON HAIYAN]

Share the story of kindness, generosity and humanity of all the nations who choose to help the Filipinos – Their deeds will forever written in the heart of the Filipinos.

The rehabilitation of the devastated areas in the Visayan Region will be a long, tedious process. Estimated to run at least ten years, there will be non-profit foundations in the United States that will continue to follow up the restructuring of those damaged areas. Please don’t forget to support their mission.


”SOS Philippines” – The song after the storm! [TYPHOON HAIYAN]

Our nation still needs more aid, and we’re happy more help is on the way. Please spread this video to touch more hearts and souls around the world.

”The Filipino spirit is force of nature”

Please share this song and video on all social medias. You should hear these children’s voices! They’re from different parts of Panay island, also hit by the storm. Please help us encourage more help/aid from the rest of the world, and to deliver a message of hope and solidarity to the Philippines and humanity. The Filipino spirit is a force of nature, struggling to rise up. With all your help, we can survive this crisis. This song connects us all as one humanity, from our island, to the rest of the Visayas, the Philippines – and the rest of the world! Please ask all your friends to share. One Love! Thanks for those who contributed to delivering this SOS.

People from around the world have called the Philippines a Paradise on Earth. After the super typhoon, we are struggling to recover and save our Paradise. And that starts with our spirits and our smiles as we go through our daily efforts in picking up the pieces and addressing the emergencies at hand.

This song celebrates the spirit of the Filipino people rising up during this crisis, with the help of all of you around the world. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful, more help is on the way. We hope this song encourages more souls to reach out to our nation and help us in any way. Me and my fellow artists have poured our hearts, soul, sweat, blood, and tears, and traveled far to rush and put this song out there. We finished this song and video without any directors, arrangers, producers, and videographers other than ourselves. The children learned the song on the same day as the recording. And came up with their own arrangement. Amazing!

The song was recorded in Iloilo (Also hit by the storm) the night after it was composed in Boracay. Aside from physical needs, our whole nation needs uplifting emotionally and spiritually. And we Filipinos do it best through music.

#SOSPhilippines (The Hashtag for all you netizens out there!)
For the story behind the song and video, here’s the link below:

http://www.oneisland-oneworld.com/sos

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LYRICS:
SOS Philippines

Chords: F#m — A/E – A/ D – A/ E

I have a prayer, inside of me, humanity will unite.
and finally, differences will subside.
In this tragedy, together we stand for love.
A prophecy, to be a family of humankind.
Its time, its time!

A/C#m -A/D – A – A/E

The light in me still burns bright, even when the world seems dark.
if there’s a need stand up unite to hear the call of every cry

A/C#m -A/D – A – E
SOS Philippines, Ohhhh! (2x)

F#m — A/E – A/ D – A/ E

I have a prayer that all nations and societies will collide, for synergy, to make history, to end indifference
the child in me, still believes in this dream
Its time, its time!

A/C#m -A/D – A – A/E
The light in me still burns bright, even when the world seems dark.
if there’s a need stand up unite to hear the call of every cry

A/C#m -A/D – A – E
SOS Philippines, Ohhhh!’ (3X)

Bridge:
A/C#m -A/D – A – E
A hope for you and me!
A cry for dignity!
A call for humanity reaching for the highest light
Faith to believe, burning through my hurting soul
One world we have, stand up dont give up the fight
lets save the dream, wake up and we’ll rise again!

A/C#m -A/D – A – E

SOS Philippines!
Bangon Pilipinas!
Rise up Philippines!

One World!
One Humanity!
Let us save the dream!





Roscon Foundation is also registered in the Philippines as a non-profit organization with emphasis on helping unemployed women in certain areas to be trained on demographic survey work – with the intent to assist the Texas Chapter in obtaining census information related to their specific applied research work.

However, in Texas, the Foundation utilizes its broad knowledge of the multi-ethnic culture to foster international friendship and cultural sharing. It has adopted Festival Tours as a regular activity to create that atmosphere and form the bond between Texas and Tarlac (Double T Sisterhood) in order for a mutual help process between the two cities.

The Foundation has assisted on the cultural immersion of some expatriates who were assigned to Luzon, having trained the Philippine staff to handle the fastest way to share some cultural aspects of working in the Philippines. The office also acts as conduits for relatives of the Filipino residents and US citizens who have no way of contacting their loved ones abroad.

Roscon’s cultural awareness program does not only intend to guide – it hopes to share… and with that, gain something for its services that will be rerouted to its charitable and cultural activities.

Cultural Sharing Tours

The Foundation has launched its Festival Tours to share the varied cultures of the Philippines with the world. There are approximately 33 Festival Tours in this country – as exciting as the other continents of the universe. But what is unique about the country’s natural wonders are the proximity of the places from one another… and the abundance of hospitable people who are very anxious to share their province’ assets. Each Festival Tour will have a TRAVEL GAZETTE which will showcase the coverage of each Festival Tour. A video coverage will also be available to the delegates, institutions or any community member who may want to share the beautiful culture of this country with those who, because of physical handicaps, may not be able to experience the excitement of such festival tours.

RELIQUARY OF THE TRUE CROSS

Photo shows Flor Villaroman, Medical Director, Roscon Tarlac, Carol Smith, Director, Roscon Texas Fr. Archie, Fr. Stevens of the Reliquary, Conrad Alagaban, Youth Director, Roscon Texas and Lanie Piega, Delegate, Turismo Tarlaqueno.

In 2005, Fr. Archie Cortez, founder of the Monastic Community of the Servants of the Risen Christ in Tarlac, was invited to attend the World Youth Day celebration in Cologne, Germany. He met Msgr. Volker Bauer of Essen, Germany, who was the custodian of the relic. Coincidentally, Msgr. Volker was looking for someone who could take care of the relic since the monastic life in Europe is slowly dying. After learning that Fr. Archie leads a monastic community in the Philippines, Msgr. Volker entrusted the fragment of the Holy Cross of Christ to him. Now, Tarlac sees over 400 church-goers weekly who come from all over the world to touch the relic. The Monasterio de Tarlac is the only place in Asia where you can find the sacred relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. Bottom photo shows where the sacred relic is kept.