Below this page are my various involvements and missions in youth movements and programs.
As the National Youth Coordinator of the Philippine Province Jesuits, I foresee the Magis Philippines. The Magis Program is the youth program of the universal Society of Jesus. Most prominent in World Youth Days and Asian Youth Days, young people from Jesuit schools, parishes and organizations, including institutions with Ignatian Spirituality, gather, pray and enjoy their common heritage vis-a-vis the World Youth Day celebrations.
In the Philippines, the seeds are sowed early to prepare for the Magis Program that is open to young people, aged 18-30 years old. The Ignatian Youth Camp provides an initial experience of Magis for the youth, aged 13-17 years old.
Those who are eligible are mostly students from our mission schools (Cabanglasan, Pangantucan, Zamboanguita, Miarayon), Jesuit Basic Education Commission schools (Xavier School Nuvali and Greenhills, Xavier University, Loyola College of Culion, and the Ateneos of Naga, Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao).
These young people are also from youth organizations in Jesuit parishes like the mission chapels of Cabanglasan, Zamboanguita, and Miarayon, and the bigger parishes of Sacred Heart in Cebu, Sta. Maria in Iloilo, and Mary the Queen in Greenhills, Quezon City.
THE SALAAM YOUTH MOVEMENT
At present, I am also assigned to help in the Salaam Youth Movement of the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identity in Ateneo de Davao University. The Salaam Youth Movement is a Muslim youth initiative, but not exclusively Muslim.
Many Catholic schools, such as those under the Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) participate in many of the Salaam or Peace efforts. Madaris schools all over Mindanao support Salaam.
We hope that the Salaam Youth Movement will become the voice of many voiceless Muslim youths in the Philippines. These young Muslims wanted to eradicate prejudice against them and promote a peaceful society where their beliefs and practices are respected and honored.
In Catholic doctrine, this is Inter-religious Dialogue. What we do in Salaam, you will see in this blog. We hope that you can join us.
JESCOM PHILIPPINES’ KAPE’T PANDASAL, ABS-CBN’S MORNING SHOW
I have been involved in Kape’t Pandasal (Coffee and Prayer, a pun on the Philippines’ morning bread, pan de sal or bread of salt). This 2-minute prayer points for the day is produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc. (JESCOM), the communications ministry of the Philippine Province Jesuits.
Kape’t Pandasal is aired every morning (around 4 AM) on national TV, before ABSCBN’s morning show, Umagang Kay Ganda. Together with other hosts, Frs. Nono Alfonso SJ and Ernald Andal SJ, Ms. Rissa Singson-Kawpeng and Cardinal Antonio Chito Tagle DD, I am on air every Monday.
As per JESCOM, my “target audience” are particularly be young people, specifically students on their way to classes. So my messages are for them, but not exclusively only for them. For example, we get good feedback from many parents who wake up early to prepare their children’s snacks and lunch for the day. We also receive comments from Filipinos abroad who use our episodes for prayer especially when masses are not encouraged (eg. Middle East).
The messages of my episodes are about common concerns, patterned according to the general school calendar. For example, I talk about how to take summer breaks meaningfully when April kicks in; or how to prepare for classes in June.
You might find some of my episodes for prayer worth reflecting on during the week. Please follow our youtube channel here. All Jescom-produced shows, like Cardinal Tagle’s The Word Exposed on ANC, there.