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CEBU CITY MAY 9-11, 2011 SITUATE: 1. Purpose: This was the 3rd national gathering of CiDE which was aimed to celebrate the gifts, relationships and fruits of the CiDE Network during the 2010 Elections through sharing of stories, prayers, dreams, meals, to internalize the values and processes in forming circles of discernment. To articulate or develop a road map for the CiDE network and other partners for 2013 elections. 2. Participants: There were eight (8) from Luzon, three (3) from Visayas and two (2) from Mindanao, excluding the Dilaab Team. The facilitators were Ms. Victoria L. Ortega and Mr. Tony Pineda. To wit: Luzon 1. Fr. Nonie Dolor Archdiocese of Lipa 2. Ding Tejada Archdiocese of Lipa 3. Fr. Tony Labiao Diocese of Novaliches 4. Minnie De Luna Diocese of Novaliches 5. Mr. Hernando Salvador Diocese of Novaliches 6. Fr. Leo Casas Diocese of Masbate 7. Mr. Arwin Serrano PPCRV 8. Mary Ann Cruz - Program Officer, Catholic Educational 9. Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Visayas 1. Ronald Salas Diocese of Maasin 2. Carol Arsenal Archdiocese of Cebu 3. Archbishop Jose S. Palma Archdiocese of Cebu Mindanao 1. Manny Valdehueza Gising Barangay Movement (GBM) 2. Fr. Roland Tabosares Diocese of Kidapawan Dilaab Team 1. Fr. Melo Diola 2. Teresa Tejero 3. Jenny Tan 4. Gladys Ceniza 5. Mr. Tony Pineda 6. Ms. Vicky Ortega 7. Wanna BET? Volunteers

HIGHLIGHTS: 1. FLOW OF ACTIVITIES The main activities included the: Astronaut Simulation by Tony Pineda; Talk of Archbishop Palma; Eucharistic Celebration presided by Archbishop Palma and other members of the Clergy present; Story Telling Sessions facilitated by Victoria Ortega; Lectio Divina by Fr. Carmelo Diola; lunch and fellowship at White Sands Resort and Spa. 2. ASTRONAUT SIMULATION After a reflection on the day's Bible reading Jn 6:22-29 ("Do not work for perishable food") and sharing of what members of the CIDE Network have done to change paradigms that are deeply-rooted in the Philippine culture, Mr. Tony Pineda facilitated the Astronaut Simulation. The mechanics was simple: to accomplish the activity, save as many lives as possible and in the shortest span of time following the instructions given by the facilitator. The goal was to help participants discover many things on being a team. There were 2 groups of 6 members each, which includes 1 game observer who holds the complete map. The Simulation, according to Mr. Pineda, intended to successfully make participants shift paradigms and, to some extent, alter some aspects in their culture. It deviated from the usual way of getting to know each other by going through experiences that can help them plan in a real highly ideal circle of discernment. To sum up what transpired, Mr. Pineda emphasized that this process (Astronaut Simulation activity) is very secular as it looks at what we have without looking for Divine intervention. In reality, there are a lot of risks and uncertainty, and a lot more room for discernment. When you have 95% of data, it is a straightforward type of decision. But if you dont have enough data, then you have to discern, you have to risk. Corruption starts from the very minute you fail to follow instructions, in the simplest of form. Mr. Pineda also appreciated the ability of the entire group to perform the activity in the most excellent manner. He emphasized that being confident with what you know and do not know is important not only when talking about interdependence, but also in discernment. Remembering ones individual self was the key to the success of the activity for both groups that has its own significance to the world we live in today. He then raised the question, What were the things that made it right for your team? In gist, here are the pointers for success identified by participants: Remember individual coordinates in the map Knowing well the coordinates with confidence of what you have (also know what you dont have; knowing your knowledge is limited, you have to be dependent on otherstrying to put that together, which is important in discernment; knowing where to begin and end) Value each one as an important member of the group to reach

the goal. When one is gone, it will cause paralysis to the team. Worked one step at a time while having the End in mind Assisting each other/ consultation/ checking what one knows in considering the safety of the other members of each group Willing to take risk No one imposes his will Know the role that each individual shall take Consult each member of the team when making decisions so as to avoid any sabotage. Know thyself". One cannot associate with another person if he does not even know who they are. Accountability matters in the activity as well as responsibility. Thinking that when one dies ahead, it would be easier for the team to finish the job is a fallacy.

3. TALK FROM ARCHBISHOP PALMA Archbishop Palma expressed his gratitude to and saluted the endeavour of CiDE especially the vision and mission of Dilaab headed by Fr. Carmelo Diola. I must admit in truth, there are a lot of things for me to learn. Thank you for coming over to Cebu for this exercise, for this very important endeavor of CIDE. I am indebted to Fr. Melo for his presence helped the Clergy of Palo, especially with the Circles of Discernment, become aware. Now, for me, the Circles of Discernment is a sign of solidarity," he said. "Life as of the moment," he continued, "has many faces of hardships. The most common one is material poverty. Because of this situation, many people might have said that life is absurd and it is meaningless. Perhaps, they will say that life is cursed." According to the Archbishop, there are ways to respond to to absurdity of life, one is through hope and revolt Archbishop Palma shares: "Life is difficult. In the face of the situation, how do we look at life, how do we react to the situation? Albert Camos has a basic jumping board, 'life is absurd, life is meaningless'. In the face of lifes absurdity, what is mans response: suicide, hope, revolt. 'But he who hopes, proceeds that life has meaningyou escape into the future. Hope is not the response.' Revolt is not as a rebel, but to reach out to people and care for them. (Rebel against these absurdities.) I rebel, therefore we exist. 'Life is beautiful' movie. For many who exist even with problems, believe that life is beautiful. To hope is simply not a way for a better tomorrow. This means that we are actively engaged in the present. This is the spirit of hope in the church. Benedict XIVs encyclical, Spe Salve (hope that saves). To hope is to expect something good. Let us also be conscious that technical progress doesnt automatically spell growth, unless it is with ethical progress. How much of the technical progress is bringing about the good of the person. Experience will tell us that receding into the future is something elusive. Real hope in fact makes us realize, if it is to be

true, that we have to answer the good that is receding, the good that makes us long foras Christians, theres something more than the material, we go to the realm of the spiritual. Hope to be real, makes us admit the fact that this God has made known to us in Jesus, has made us a family. Technical progress can not fulfill our hopes, but it is love. It is this that gives meaning to our endeavors. A big change sana would happen especially in elections, in the way we choose. We come and continue to discern. Yes, we have hope. We believe that despite the calamities, we have hope. The fact that we hope for tomorrow, does not mean we just wait for that to happen. We should be actively involved in this. Love should fill our actions and decisions. Mark 8: 'Feed them yourselves. How much do you have?' Residual abundance. In the midst of lifes difficulties, we can be tempted to be like the apostles who want to send the people away. The Lord doesnt ask us for big things, often, he asks us the little that we have. Bravo! I believe we are doing what God desires. If we just keep on persisting, with the little that we have, there will be residual abundance." 4. EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATIONS There were eucharistic celebrations held daily. However, the highlight is the one celebrated by Most Rev. Archbishop Jose S. Palma held on the first day of the Gathering wherein he uttered the importance of being a responsible Christian towards responsible citizenship. He said that when we will tell something to a stranger then he will no longer be a stranger. He concluded: "God stays with us in our endeavour. His stay with us is more than enough to tell us how much is his love for us. Why worry so much as if it is only your own concern. We have to remember that it is Gods concern in the first place. The point of coming together in the mass is to show ones conviction that we are willing to work together. We can never underestimate the strength coming from the Lord. We have individual roles in feeding the hunger for spiritual things of each other. The thing is how God in his love can provide the food we need. Our God is the God of surprises." 5. STORYTELLING (THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS DIARY) Ms. Vicky Ortega facilitated the activity, beginning with her own story. Her storytelling revolved around the questions she raised to the body: (1) Why you began to involve yourself in CIDE? and (2) Why are you still here? Before her involvement with Dilaab, Ms. Ortega shared that she was in the advertising industry. She came to the point in her career that she wanted to find work that is truly worthwhile. When she fell ill, she revolted by taking lots of drugs. She eventually came to accept her illness and became grateful for the pain because of the lessons that it taught her when she took to heart the Blessed Mother's words, "Thy will be done". She realized that pain enhances the values of a person. This is why she chose to be a part of CiDE because she feels it's high time to give back to society what she has taken from it during her advertising career. After Ms.

Ortega, the participants were then asked to share their own stories. Here they are: Fr. Nonie Dolor I saw the dynamics of pre-martial law dynamics. When Martial Law came, I saw it all the more. I entered the world of Media and saw at that time how politicians made use of Media, especially in the province. This is probably why I learned so much in Media. I learned that its the highest bidder. When the Archdiocese of Lipa decided to go into Media, I was assigned as Manager of the Churchs station, I decided that in the realm of Politics, Media was powerful. Im still hoping that something more can be done. When he saw the endeavour of Fr. Melo, It inspired him a lot. What made him come here is the hope that something can be done through joint endeavours." Hernando Salvador Me and my wife have been involved in the social services of our Parishes for a long time, and if you are involved with social services, you are involved with the poor. In our barangay, the basic social services are not even provided by the Barangay because there is favoritism for the minority (INC). This is why, together with other lay coordinators, we put up the Peoples Movement for Good Governance in the hope that change can happen in our barangay and we can put a new leader. Through the support of Fr. Tony, we were able to encourage others to join our group and it was replicated in the Diocese. Secretary Robredo wrote Bishop Tobias, Ongtioco, and Iniguez on the possibility of partnership to work for the development of Barangay. So last April 7, there was a formal signing of the covenant for the barangay with the mayors, barangay captains, parishes, and DILG. The good news is last May 5 a historical thing happened. A meeting was held between our Barangay Captain, the 3 parish priests, the barangay kagawads, an INC member, and a Seventh-Day Adventist member. So kahit maliit ito, gusto ko ishare sa inyo kasi kahit papaano baka may mapulot kayo kasi we are doing these things in preparation for 2013 elections. Fr. Tony Labiao Hopefully, this may serve as an inspiration that will encourage those in the Barangay level to continue in discussing rapport. Hindi pa kami naguusap tungkol sa election. Helping the barangay muna. How can we help the barangay deliver basic services, which is the basic measure of success. This is really pastoral accompaniment in practice. Fr. Roland Tabosares "I got involved in CIDE when bishop showed me Fr. Melos letter twice, which I find strange because we were accustomed to Pastoral Bombardment not Accompaniment. We invited Fr. Melo in Kidapawan and we enjoyed his presence. We encouraged the priests there to go engage in this kind of approach. What I like in this approach is that it is strength-based. Before kasi, the Diocese of Kidapawan was involved in finding faults. The Parish

priests decided to organize, especially those who participated in the seminar, to form a team to cascade the contents of the seminar and let them know that this is something important. Because of this LASER Test, we were able to raise the level of awareness of people. Personally, I have been involved in activism since in Philosophy and almost got the seminary closed during Theology because of the position paper I wrote. So when we got involved with CIDE, I was able to implement the changes I wanted with a new approach. Through AI, I also changed from problem-based to strengthbased. So when this was being introduced in the diocese, it was met by very strong resistance. The very people who believed in progressive change where the same people who resisted AI because of the paradigm shift. Now, Im happy that our priests are using this approach. The number one prime mover here is priests. People look up to Parish Priests for movement. Dati kasi Bakbakan Muna Tayo Bago Tayo Magusap. Now we believe in Pastoral Accompaniment. I hope well have more stories like this in the future. Ding Tejada He shared that he was an active political leader for three terms, as a number one councilor in a Sangguniang bayan and a former vice-mayor last 2001. Prior to becoming a politician, he was an active member of socialoriented organizations that made him a well-known activist. He was once a member of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas and was the chairman of the Kabataang Makabayan. He got involved with the activities of CiDE through the effort of Fr. Nonie. Being a principle-oriented individual, he wants to progress the principle of Dilaab especially of CiDE's that is why he has chosen to be part of the group. Fr. Leo Casas Fr. Leo, who joined the Gathering not because he wanted to share his story but to listen to others' stories, came to know of Dilaab when Fr. Melo invited him. He was the Director of the Social Action in Caritas Masbate. Because of their advocacy group, they succeeded in shifting the traditional notion of what politics is in Masbate. There is an unquestionable fruit of their labours, eventhough he did not get the support of his bishop. "Kaya natin ito kahit walang bishop ang diocese namin. Everything we do at work, we do it for the love of Christ. To pressure politicians to campaign that violence is not a process anymore in elections. I get a lot of threats but Im doing this for the Masbate, not for myself. Officially, ang pinakamababang patay sa Masbate ay 27 so when we had 8 during the 2010 elections, we see it as very peaceful. The military and the police came to their sense na ayaw na nilang magpagamit (sa politicians). I followed Fr. Melos strategy of pastoral accompaniment and lobbying. The biggest accomplishment for me is when politicians surrendered their armsone politician surrendered 100 firearms. Why I am here is not about me sharing my stories, but I want to listen to stories because it is doing so I learn a lot of things and get a lot of inspiration. Yung kagandahan lang po ng accompaniment naming sa mga pulis eh nagiging neutral sila during

the elections. Kaya after the elections, ang slogan naming eh, 'we survived the elections'." Manny Valdehueza An Atenista and a professed Christian democrat, Mr. Manny came from Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. He was active in organizing social works in the provinces and was put on house arrest for a few years even if he does not belong to the extreme left. He was struck by the visions of Fr. Melo, especially when it came to the use of discernment as it is what "this flawed country desperately needs". His Movement works with anyone who commits to empower the barangays for through it we will be able to instill consciousness in selecting leaders. Mary Ann Cruz She is from the Catholic Educational Association in the Philippines (CEAP). She was here because Fr. Greg sent her. For her, CiDE is the most effective vehicle for the achievement of engaged citizenship, which is also their goal. CEAP, according to Ms. Mary Ann, has actually taken the challenge for their organization to make Catholic schools under them different from other learning institutions. Dr. Arwin Serrano "I have been very active with PPCRV and we actually partnered with CEAP for voters education. I gave a voters education to a Christian group. During that May 10 elections, ako naging controversial because at that time I was also heading the Committee of Namfrel and PPCRV, the NAMVAT. Yung sa TV Patrol nuon may binabanggit na kagad. Yung sa GMA7 wala kasi hinabol lang iyon. Actually 5 or 6 issues kasi ang inexpose ko. Even up to now, I still represent PPCRV at the back. Pag andun ako, careful kasi yung mga nasuspend andun na ulit sa dati nilang pwesto. Paano nila napapalusutan ito...actually lahat iyong, naishare ko na sa 2 paretire na commissioner. Sabi ni Melo na sinama na niya iyon sa kanyang report. Sana isama din natin sa ating prayers ang Comelec. CIDE is really a plus, plus factor in having a HOPEHonest, Peaceful, Elections. That we are hoping for." Minnie De Luna She started to know Dilaab when she started working with the Diocese of Novaliches last year, during the May elections. Through CIDE, she learned about the LASER test, which inspired her as a good way in choosing the right leaders. Since then, there has been a lot of activities that provided learning experiences for her. She grew up with well-conscienticized parents. (EDSA story when she was 10 years old). It was her fathers legacy for her to love her country. So even if there are a lot of work in the service of the church, she is fueled to work. Although she questions if what were doing / hopes are achievable, she is thankful of the fact that she is able to be part of CIDE. Teresa A. Tejero

Ms. Tess said that she is still here because she is inspired with the stories of the Network that started with a gathering of 21 faith-impelled groups. Tony Pineda Mr. Pineda shares that he feels frustrated because after circling the Philippines for CIDE's advocacies, nothing has happened. He felt that even with failures, there are still things that the team has to be grateful with because there are isolated stories of success. He has, according to him, gone to the point of being indifferent. While 1986 was the turning point of the Philippines, it is as well the turning point of Ireland. He has lost hope in the Philippines but knowing the group provides hope if we put their collars together. They will not only advocate that votes are counted rather to give the best of their choices. Jenny Tan Exhausted for the results and frustrated of the outcome of the group's effort as of date, Ms. Jenny said she is still hoping some results will show during the 2013 elections. After hearing all the stories, it brought happiness and CiDE taught her to overcome all her fears. Gladys Ceniza Of all the hardships they have been through, Ms. Gladys notes that her effort to stay with Dilaab is worth it. It became an inspiration for them. "Perseverance is the key to success," she emphasized. Planting good seeds and one will harvest a good one is the notion that inspires her. One step is enough for her--particularly the awareness instilled by CIDE to the community. Even if she does not know the master plan, she quips that what matters is "she knows the Master". Fr. Melo Diola "I really like the sense of humor of God. When you shared your backgrounds, I felt na ako lang ang different. When I was growing up, I thought that Marcos was the savior of the world. I joined the 4-year advanced ROTC. I became the head of the battalion. That was my world until I heard about Popoy Diokno and I was thinking that he must be a communist. So when a Ninoy Aquino was shot, I thought, So What?! Until I had to leave the country and realize that he was a bad man. So your stories really made me feel a minority in this group. In trying to answer the question, what are you doing for the country?, here I am. The more I get involved in advocacy work, the more I realize the need for God, the more I get traditional. We can only do little things with great love. Thats the perspective to help us in continuing what we are doing for CIDE. As we observe, we bring with ourselves our biases. Even when we listen to stories, we screen it with our personal bias." Fr. Melo also added that he did not feel tired, frustrated nor discouraged with the outcome of the last elections. He is still hopeful that the efforts and their advocacy will soon be paid off--as he is not after

immediate results. Carol Arsenal "I personally believe in this advocacy when it comes to witnessing. Ang parokya naming nasanay sa sacramental slang, walang social involvement. The program is empowering and we really have to commit to bring this to the grassroots. Mahirap ang ginagawa. We need them to put this into writing as we, the lay people, will be presenting this to the new set of pastors. Our visions seem too high pero mararating din yanto put Godfearing people in government, especially in the barangays. God-fearing, hindi naman maintindihan ng tao yan kasi marami namang taong nagsisimba. So we tell them that these are people who will able to stand for what is good. I think that this vision of CIDE that we can train good leaders and accompany them. We encourage them to die living for good morals instead of we dying because of eating Humba. Let us die for what is moral." Summary To consolidate what was shared, here's the summary of the feelings and experiences of the group: 1. Joy and hope that we can make our experiences work together. 2. A sense of fulfilment in listening to others knowing how they have button what they have started. 3. Rather rewriting other stories the question shall be, Has my story changed?" 4. Listening to other peoples story, maybe we can create a big picture of where we wanted to be in. 5. Ability to take stock and safety gears when needed. 6. Their previous experiences prepared them for where they are now. 7. Grateful that he live through his adventures. 8. We need to discover many and new people from all walks of life. 9. Your stories made me comfortable and establish openness to share. 10. Risking lives is worth it when it has a noble purpose. 11. It espouses basic unity and deep sense of communion. 12. There must be continuity of experience and inspiration and theincorrigibility of hope 13. Realizing that despite the outcome that was not that ideal, they are still here for they believe that hope is a gift. 14. Inspired by the sustained idealism 15. Reaffirmation of decisions is the reason why they are here. 16. They want to replicate the stories that they have once heard. 17. We have a common stories that ground us. 18. The journey calls for constant conversion. 19. When we see the hope of others, we gain even more personal hope. If the layman can take risks for this march,Why cant the priests? Could we or should we have done more?

6. CRYSTALLIZING YOUR INTENT On the second day of the Gathering, a Lectio Divina on John 6:24-35 (I, myself, and the Bread of Life) opened the activities. It provided opportunity to reflect on the previous day's activities and a recap on the stories shared. The Lectio Divina also paved the way to preview the next activity of the group, which is to concretize a set of actions for CIDE in the next months to come for 2013. According to Ms. Vicky who facilitated the activity, the Bible reflection gives everyone "the concept of surrender. When the body understands whats in your mind, its easier to do. Yesterday when you shared your stories, you surrendered your ideals to a larger group. You surrendered to the idea that you are not alone in having the same experience." She then asked the group to answer the following questions: (1) What is it you want to do? (Personally), (2) What cant you not do?, (3) Why is it you want /to do what you do?, (4) What is it you want to accomplish in society?, and (5) How do you all want to be remembered? Pick a symbol. Here are the participants' reply: Manny Valdehuesa "After 5 decades in political transformation, I feel I havent done much because the needs are endless. The Law is only good based on your moral grounding. One of the greatest scourges in our society is the abundance of lawyers with no moral grounding. I feel that I have done so little still but have not learned enough because if I will live my life over, Id like to refine it in some corners and Id like to pass on some tips on how to do it. This is why I like to write. What I cant do is not to interact what I know because Id like to see autonomy in people and communities. What you dont leave to a higher level what you can do yourselfthe principle of subsidiarity. I cant just sit around and do nothing, that is against my nature as I was brought up on the precept of doing good unto others as you want them to do unto you. I want to cover the 42,000 barangays and make them really sovereign in thepractice of sovereignity. Tongues of fire meaning awakening, epiphany, zeal." Fr. Tony Labiao "Last night, I really had a deep sleep, for the first time I wasnt able to hear my alarm clock. I guess the sharing last night and listening to it makes me realize that hindi ako nagiisa. What I can not do is to just watch as things are happening, I have to be involved. I realize that after 40 years in this kind of involvement is that I havent done much pala. I realize that I need to focusin local communities: the BEC and the barangays. I think there will be a big change when I go back, I need to make my focus. I realized for us to make a dent in social transformation is by focusing in the barangay. We have to make sure that our people are empowered. These are the things that we want to do: ibaba ang trabaho and engage people in decision-making. Importante na alagaan nila ang kanilang barangay. How to do it, pagusapan na lang natin yan. Build the Barangay and the whole

churchs resources should be focused there and at the end of the day kapag naempower na ang barangay eh masaya na ang buhay." Fr. Tony adds, "I want to intensify what I have started already. I want to be an effective partner of organizations. (As to his symbol) holding hands meaning hope, change, and transformation." Mr. Nanding Salvador "In my lowly position in the Barangay as member of the BDC and as member of the PAM, I want to make small steps to change the community where I am, such as care for the environment, instilling discipline, etc. For example, the Save The Tullahan River where we have a cleanup drive and education giving every Saturday together with various organizations, barangays, DENR, and the AFP. We will also be relocating the people living along the banks of the river. So, in terms of discipline, I want to consider myself a virus to infect people, in one way or the other, to make some changes for the better. I want to make our barangay a model barangay in kaayusan, katahimikan, etc. Kaya ako ay natutuwa kasi ang direction na nakukuha k okay Fr. Tony eh nagtutugmaso kung baga, siya ang strategist, ako ang kanyang action man sa ibaba. Sabi ko nga, tumatanda na ako but theres so much that needs to be done. Kaya nga dalangin ko na pahabain pa ni Lord ang buhay ko para matapos ko itong misyon na binigay niyana maitaas ang antas ng aking kapwa. Kaya nang narinig ko ang kwento ni ate, natouch talaga ako kasi sobra ang pinagdaanan niya, kaya sobrang humbling kasi ang liit lang pala ng ginagawa ko. Kagaya ni Fr. Leo na nagmemeryenda lang ng granada. Eh kami sobrang wala naman kami sa danger. Kaya sana maimbitahan naming kayo sa amin para yung mga walang pakialam sa lipunan madinig kwento niyo at papipiliin naming: dito kayo o ipapadala namin kayo sa Masbate?" As for what he wants to do for society and his symbol, Mr. Salvador shares that he wants to "Improve the quality of life, especially (for) the poor...puso kasi inflamed love." Fr. Nonie Dolor "Nang hindi ako tanggapin magpari after my novitiate, lumabas ako. I worked at the radio station while I studied. I had conditioned myself that I will be a good family man na lang. I had a lovelife na. Then my father died when I was 25, and I felt the Lord was calling me to the vocation again. The parents of my girlfriend and my mother where actually the ones who supported me to go back to the seminary. So I got back and got ordained but I still work for the radio station, taught in school. Itong out-of-thediocese trips na ito, I consider this a blessing kasi hindi man makapagpahinga, at least bago ang environment. There are many things that I can not do. I want to accomplish this: to give Southern Tagalog a real evangelical radio. Tower na may cross na may sun rays is the symbol of radio batangas as it has been my symbol ever since, as a media person." Ding Tejada "I want to be sanctified to be able to do what I need to do. I want to

organize people. I realize that life is full of paradox. Yung exhaling and inhaling exercise natin, narealize ko na kapag nakakapit ka ng mahigpit, mapressurize ka pero when you let go marelax ka. I realize that para magstart ang pagbabago eh magsisimula ka muna talaga sa sarili. Katulad po ng ginagawa natin sa paghinga, sa pagitan po nun eh andun ang spirit ni Godsa gap when we inhale and our heart stops and starts again. Sa mga pagdaraanan natin sa buhay, ganun din. In between that is the spirit of the Lord. Kaya yung ating tinatanggap sa banal na Komunyon ay tunay ngang pagkain n gating espiritu. I think we must believe na in the Eucharist there is life at yun ang buhay ng ating espiritu at buhay natin. Kaya nga we must do our best and give to him all the rest. Maaring hindi nga natin itong mahuhuma ng biglaan pero little by little with the graces from Him ay mararating natin ang ating pangarap. Gaya ng symbol ni Mr. Manny--parang symbol of CIDE. Kasi ang CIDE para magprosper dapat sa grassroots tayo magfocus eh kasi sa kanila talaga nagsisimula eh, diba thats the essence of democracy, from the bottom to the top." Tony Pineda "The things that I want to do: become a academe administrator, deacon, CIDE, help non-family people, become a freelance consultant, senior golf pro, build a home. To operationalize the Philippine society." Fr. Melo Diola "What can I not do? To finish the translation of the New Testament. Construction of the Dilaab Center. To have seminarians involve in CIDE. Do a pilgrimage in Compostela. Do a Maharlika Run with kuya Sam Tucay. Do a book on the late pope. Finish the tomb of my father. Learn to bake more bread. Prayerfully finish my last will and testament. Improve my hand writing. There is a hunger, I think, among seminarians. So to be able to sustain their ideologies, you have to start with them while theyre still in the seminary for when they get ordained and become diocesan, they tend to forget these things like PMAers. Breaking bread you pay attention to details. Sabi nila when you bake and you dont have love for it, hindi siya lalabas ng masarap. I realized that I can learn new things at this age, and I learned a lot of things from baking. Doing my last will and testament, it makes me kind of be prepared for it when it comes. I want to make the Bible an effective spiritual means for the pastoral accompaniment of public servants. I want the symbol of the eagle kasi ang nanay ni Pag-Asa ay si Diola, sa aming family ang emblem din ay ang eagle. Sa bible kasi the eagle is a symbol of pastoral accompaniment: someone gently watching over you. Philippine Eagle not bald eagle please." Fr. Lando Tabosares "As a child, I wanted to receive goodness from others. As I grow old, I want to good for others. I want to by the end of this year to be enrolled at SAIDI. To be in a position of influence to put in place the pastoral shift that we want to implement, particularly in making the BEC a partner in the pastoral framework. And this is where I want to get SAIDI involved. I am in.

What is it you want to accomplish in society?to wholistic health through Tai Chi. My blackbelt kasi ako sa Martial Arts. I really make it a part of my life, kaya maingat ako sa pagkain ko. Ngayon po kasi bumabalik ako sa grounding ko. Everything kasi, out of that, becomes a reflection of my identity. 'Action follows identity', which helped me be in harmony with myself. Mahirap po siya because I always have to be with myself. I can not be an effective change facilitator if I cant do that. What Im just saying is to walk the talk. I want to be a source of inspiration for at least one person. Lotus in a pond with a butterfly on its flowering stem. As the lotus never leave the ground level but its flowers reach the sky. The butterfly shows the process of change. Groundedness in change." Fr. Leo Casas "Nang ako po ay nagapply sa seminary, tinanong sa akin, bakit mo gustong magpari in one sentence. Ang sagot ko lang, I want to serve God and people, na naunawaan ko lang nang pari na ako. Ganito pala ang ibigsabihin nun. Its every little thing you do. Gusto ko mapalaki pa ang group naming for peace and progress. Gusto ko po maalagaan ang parents ko bago sila mawala sa mundo. Ako na lang po aming 6 na magkakapatid ang andito sa Pilipinas kasama nila. Kahit 1 day or 2 days lang, lalo ngayon ako ay pari na dahil maaga ako nagpari, from high school pa lang, ni hindi ko pa sila napaglulutuan. Gusto ko naman maenjoy ang sarili ko, na ako lang. Gusto ko pumasok 6 months sa Trapist Seminary, walang Cellphone, walang iniisip, doing nothing. Ika nga, the art of doing nothing! Isa pa po ang gusto kong gawin ay to study Law, but time would not permit. What cant I not do? Matulungan ang gobyerno mawalan ng corruption. When andun na ako sa gobyerno, naramdaman ko na madadala talaga ako ng sistema kaya nagresign ako. I realized I can not change the government ganun. May one time, inalukan ako ng babae sabi, Father pirmahan mo lang ito, wag mo nang basahin. So sabi ko nakakainsulto na talaga ito, grabe na talaga ang corruption sa ating bansa. Yung malinis po ang aming probinsya sa corruption na sa ngayon ay hindi ko pa magawa. Pen, being the symbol of theologians, because I want to encourage others with the things Im doing right now." Dr. Arwin Serrano "I want to travel around the world because I want to see different places and cultures, meet different people. I want to do different projects for the poor, also related dito yung being of help to others, I want to give, I want to share. I want to learn new skills, I want to be productive. Live longer and a fruitful life because I want to be free from sickness. I want to inspire and motivate others. I want to accomplish good governance monitoring. Red heart because it signifies a patriotic and kind-hearted person" Mary Ann Cruz "I want to be able to live for something worth dying for. Sana I could be as passionate for something that you are willing to be in prison and be all that, but as of now hindi ko pa alam kung ano yun. I want to continue

being a literature teacher because thats how you help the kabataan. Maganda ata ang ganitong proseso na gawin sa classroom. I want to create a vocation exposure. Red, juicy apple kasi its the symbol for the teacher--a mentor. Its how beautiful life is. I want the children to remember the beauty of life when they get out of the classroom kasi its a harsh world." Carol Gatchalian "I want to retooling family values and legacy, integrity and honesty. Finish the whole psychogenetics experience in the parishes where I am assigned. Take the Bar. Become a priest and hear confessions because anywhere I go I can always feel peoples desire to change and I feel that confessions are very important for people. Sun kasi it may be gloomy pero it doesnt mean that theres no sun kasi it signifies strength and discernment." Ronald Salas "Being a part of the social action of the diocese wherein social services are being delivered to people in different levels. I want to be a counselor because sometimes people look at me as a priest. What I cant can not do? Not to participate in social services because dyan ako namulat sa simbahan eh, I found out that dealing with people, serving people makes my life complete. I want to be a law abiding citizen. Rock, strong at hindi takot kahit kanino." Tess Tejeros "Twenty something years ago all I wanted was to save money so I can take my CGNS so I can save my family. Fast track to 2007, that thought came back to me and I am already in Dilaab then for 7 years. So I told the Lord that Ive been serving him for a long time already and I guess its time for me to pursue my plans to go abroad. So I applied for New Zealand. It was also that time that I came to encounter our Network in Dilaab, that was the time I was privileged to sit down with 8 bishops and AWhat is it you want to accomplish in society?mong Ed. I met also one of our partners from CEAP and her story really touched me kasi nahiya ako na I was telling God nagserve ako sa kanya for x number of years tapos eto ako. So that was my turning point that I decided to stay. So ano yung hindi ko talaga magawang gawin eh ang iwanan ang Dilaab. Listening to your stories parang bumalik yung dati. Parang ang tingin ko sa sarili ko na Im not worthy to do this and that. But in my journey with Dilaab is hindi ko talaga pwedeng gawin to turn my back for this is such a worthy cause. Isang araw I told Father na, Father diba one of our slogans is a good Christian is a good citizen that we are assuming that the people we are working with are good Christians who are being good citizens. Because I also know my limitations, I am targeting to finish my Masterals. Para maging balance naman ang life, sabi nga ni Fr.Lando dapat wholistic, I want to learn to bike. (I want) to be more creative in evangelizing and journeying with young people. Cocoon, symbolic of myself as I am still in a cocoon. Butterfly which signifies beauty, life, hope."

Minnie De Luna She said she, "want to instill in the young the values of Christian leadership" aside from having her own restaurant. As to her symbol, "Torchbearer because I want to be an initiator of change just like in the Olympics, the torch-bearer begins the competition and it also signifies hope." Jenny Tan "I want to travel the world, go skydiving, bunjee jumping. I want to study but Im still discerning what I want to specialize in. I also want to meet the Pope. I have the sentiments with Ate Me-Ann na I want to do something worthwhile and worthy of dying for. I want to be the hope that I see in others who inspire me. Seed that went to the fertile soil and grew to be what God want me to be." After hearing the sharing among participants, Ms. Vicky shares her symbol as a "beautifully-wrapped gift because I want my life to be a gift to others." 7. CIDE HISTORY & FRAMEWORK Mr. Pineda gave the history. process, vision, and mission of CIDE. He also discussed the issues being addressed by CIDE such as partisan vs. non partisan politics, voting on winability of candidates (publishing results of the LASER Test to let people see it). As per request of Fr. Tony, Mr. Pineda defined pastoral accompaniment and gave a situationer on "what is happening right now, through Novaliches, is not only for the elections, which has become only a stepping stone for community organizing and for the good of the community. As the gospel said earlier, pinakain muna ng tinapay." He emphasized that "In so far as Novaliches is concerned, you have actually incorporated pastoral accompaniment with what you are currently doing from the process of emerging candidates to community development." 8. ANALYSIS OF STORIES TOLD Ms. Vicky consolidated everyone's stories. She stated that collectively: "Most of you are activists regardless of you having been in priesthood or not. All of you have a very deep spirituality which came out in your desire to do something for the Lord. All of you share the positive attitude towards hope, which is not a hope that is passive maybe because of your personal character which doesnt allow things pass by. All of you have a passion for learning, and very interestingly, have a concept of limitsyou go beyond that limit by using your other faculties. You all have the desire to study and to pass on the knowledgeto teach to others. You can not not be involvedso if someone ties you to a chair, you will all die watching the world pass by. You all want to live life with meaning. So when you die, youll tell God that you lived a life of meaning. In all of you I see probably the fulfillment of God to love your neighborsidentify them, make them

strong. You are doing something like what Mother Theresa did: doing small things with great love. You all have the passion to see the world. As St. Augustine said, the world is like a book. There is a thirst to seek knowledge and pass on what you learn to lifeas this is the only way to empower your neighborhood. You all need to keep family and keep the legacy your fathers passed on. Theres a realization in your group that 'in my generation, I can do this, and the following generation can continue it after me'. So its like a family like building on what your elders have already built. Theres valuing in the past to give us direction on where to go in the future. With you having done this, we come to a point to know that the people who have birthed CIDE be the same with what you, as part- owners of it, is still the same. Having partnered with CIDE, is the purpose of CIDE still the same for you?" At this moment, Ms. Vicky had the participants group themselves into two for a sharing on the questions she raised to them. (Group 1: Fr. Tony, Jenny, Tess, Fr. Lando, Ding, Me-Ann; Group 2: Manny, Nanding, Ronald, Minnie, Carol, Dr. Arwin). 9. CIDE PURPOSE The sharing revolved around the following: What we need is to be educated more in the concept of empowerment because iba-ibang level ang empowerment. The sense of citizenship (collective ownership of society), which we lack in our society is one of the reason why we have problems in the country. We dont have a sense of cohesiveness and ownership of our nationhood/community. Barangay lahat nagstastart ang problems ng society. We do not impose on each other and we tolerate the problems of society. We are actually doing ourselves a disservice by being manhid to the needs of society. Empowerment connotes ownership & if we work together well have power (The tools of CIDE actually provided empowerment thats why it is causing ripple in societies across the country.) When knowledge is raised and becomes collective wisdom and, in turn, provides power. Information is power and The truth shall set you free. If the human body consists of cells, the republic consists of 42,000 barangays that, when one cell becomes cancerous, its enough to kill the whole body. CIDE is Advocacy; Story-telling circle; Pastoral methodology; Side to side, side by side; Community discernment The E in CIDE is empowerment, education, environment, engagement, evagelization, emancipation, espousal CIDE forms, builds, gathers, organizes, inspires, mobilizes, partners communities FOR WHOM and WHERE: the grassroots and barangays

To emphasize the importance of branding, Ms. Vicky used Harley Davidson, which is a sign of freedom, male middle-aged crisis, and power (literally it has high horse power as it reverberates through your body; a physical rush). She said "that is why to this day the big bikes remain relevant and desirable. The question now is how can we make CIDE relevant and desirable in the years to come." Ms. Vicky also added, "Based on what was discussed, look back again at the CIDE technology and see if it still has the same purpose as now. Does 'pastoral accompaniment' have a place in CIDEs being?" Some of the opinions aired are as follows: The reason why we are like this is because majority of our people are powerlessness. This why the symbol I chose is the Tongues of Fire because the apostles where so powerless then before the tongues of fire came, which empowered them. The Filipinos over the last 400 hundred years have never felt ownership of its society. We are actually in the first phase of recovering power, turfdome. Kaya naging ganito ang Pilipinas dahil walang ownership of citizenship so CIDE will always be relevant because communities will always be here and they need to be informed about it. To make them realize that they are not powerless at all. They have only been tricked into believing that for a very, very long time. Its about taking responsibility for your community. The circle evolves into communities so that it can own the community; our role is facilitative It is a framework of empowerment that strengthens communities; we recognize that they have power, but it could only be dormantthe power immerges in its own accord and emerges with ours. Pastoral accompaniment is we journey alongside together. Its a two-way learning process. CIDE is a spirit of discernment in community building. Circles of discernment mean that no one among the circle is above the other. What is clear as of now is: What you want = discernment, Who you want it for = the barangay, Thus, it is sitting around in a circle to discern what the barangay wants without anyone imposing what he/she wants. CIDE is primarily a mental response to things. When you engage in nation-building, it is not mental, it is head and heart. The way you look at it is the way a community responds to it, which over time, becomes the culture in the place. Why dont we bring this process of storytelling in the barangay, down to the commons to address every aspect requiring discernment There was a Eucharistic Celebration held during the day.

10. RECAP & OVERVIEW The third day began with a Eucharistic Celebration. Immediately afterwards, Ms. Vicky began with the session again: "Moses started his pastoral work at 80, apparently, its a way of lifethat we start something when we know theres little time. Its always better to stop for a while because you can give more to people. When you are empty, you can not give what you dont have. So you have to take time to rest. Most of you wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. This is something that you all share. This is why you are all drawn to CIDE." Then, she shared what CIDE is as what Ms. Mary Ann unified from the previous night's discussions: "CIDE is a culture of discernment adopted in baranggays in order to build and strengthen communities towards nation-building." Ms. Vicky asked if the members agreed on the definition. Some comments raised were: Fr. Melo Diola 'is' should be changed with a more active word such as 'promote'...'baranggays' is wrongly-spelled,,,'build' is too general, must be specific" Tony Pineda "Yung 'Circle' ng 'CIDE' has become 'culture'...sorry, no more jokes! Can I make a serious suggestion? Let the 'E' in 'CIDE' be 'empowerment' because it describes the end since 'Circles of Discernment' pertains to the means and it also echoes the overall discussion of the group." Fr. Lando Tabosares "Theres no need to remove 'circle' as it is already in 'CIDE' Fr. Tony Labiao 'Empowerment' is used in most communities and even ordinary people can understand it. Let us consider to assign a word for 'E' in 'CIDE' with something ordinary people wont find as foreign or alien to them. When you say 'empowerment' its not really limited to the elections." (Note: The discussion on the appropriate word to use for the E in "CIDE" has dragged onto the morning session and the agreement has not been arrived at. The flow of discussion has become hard to capture as it has been going around in circles. Eventually, the group has finally agreed to use empowerment for CIDE after Ms. Gladys Ceniza suggested to vote on it, and actually did vote on it. The vote was seconded by Mr. Tony Pineda and was moved to be approved as such by other members of the group. )

After the long discussion on what CIDE should stand for and what the E in CIDE should really mean, the group finally arrived at "Circles of Discernment for Empowerment", which promotes a culture of communal discernment in barangay communities towards nationbuilding. 11. ISSUES AND MILESTONES Ms. Vicky, with the CIDE's new persona in place, had participants identify what particular issues politicians will use on 2013 for their platform. The issues identified are as follows: Land & Housing Environment Poverty/Livelihood Good governance RH Bill With the voters registration set on May 2011 to October 2012, as per Dr. Arwin, the participants were asked to set the Timeframe / Milestones for CIDE for the 2013 elections. Some participants suggested the following: Tony Pineda "The last six months prior to May 2013 well have nothing to do anymore and our only problem will be the evil intentions that may be put into place by the candidates." Dr. Arwin Serrano "In the national elections, there is still the nomination of candidates by their political parties. They hold conventions specifically for the particular process just like in the States for the Democrats and Republicans." Manny Valdehuesa "In the States they have a platform debate which takes place in all levels of society and shown in national TV." 12. FELLOWSHIP The session was formally closed by a fellowship held at White Sands Resort and Spa, where everyone traveled to for a hearty lunch and thanksgiving celebration for the success of the Gathering. After lunch, some participants enjoyed the foot reflex that lulled them to sleep while others took a dip at the Resort's pool. Prepared by: Angelie Abatayo & Minnie Abigail De Luna