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ALS in Negros

My jet lag from the Brazil trip is not yet over, but I have to wake up at 3:30 tomorrow before dawn. Am off to Negros Occidental to attend the first board meeting of Quidam Katilingban Development Institute (QKDI), and it is a good symbol of really coming home from Brazil. The GCE World Assembly


Back from Brazil

The KLM flight from Amsterdam arrived on schedule before noon, and Girlie kindly fetched me at the NAIA airport. After helping Ayen sort the Havaianas I managed to buy just before leaving Sao Paolo, I took a shower and stretched out for my longed-for nap. Just before 5 pm, Girlie woke me up: “We are

Renewing our spirit

Waking up with Sao Paolo

On this last day in Sao Paolo, I decided to take an early breakfast and walk slowly through the city. One of my favorite activities when in a foreign city, if circumstances allow it, is to “get lost” walking through its streets and alleys. You get a different view and feel of a place if


GCE in Motion

Yanti Muchtar of E-net for Justice (Indonesia) has kindly offered me her laptop. “Do you want to check your e-mail?” she asked. Of course I grabbed at the chance, and also post another blog. We are in the final day of the GCE World Assembly, and the morning session is placing quite a demand on

Renewing our spirit

Thinking of Einstein in Sao Paolo

Up to yesterday, my body clock has not adjusted to the 10-hour difference between Sao Paolo and Quezon City. I woke up every hour, and after 5 am, couldn´t go back to sleep. I decided I might as well do some kalimasada. Last night, I went up to my room to wash up before going


Reunions in Sao Paolo

The KLM flight from Amsterdam was delayed for an hour, but we landed safely in Sao Paolo. The immigration lines were very long, however, and that meant another hour of waiting. But once through, our luggage were waiting, and the Brazilian hosts of the GCE World Assembly efficiently brought us to the Novotel. A quick


The Terminal

Early dawn here at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, I felt for a few hours like Tom Hanks. My KLM flight from Manila arrived last night at 6:47 pm, and I was woozy from watching four in-flight movies; the most enjoyable was “Talk to Me” about an ex-con radio dee jay in Washington DC, who played


Sao Paolo Revisited

This is a short post before flying off to Sao Paolo, Brazil tomorrow. The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is holding its World Assembly, and I am a delegate, representing E-net which is the member network from the Philippines. For a while I was ambivalent about going. It must be a sign of getting older.

LeadershipParticipatory Local Governance

Mindoro on my Mind 2

The waves were quite high between Calapan and Batangas, and the Supercat ride was a bit rough, but I hardly noticed. I had just come from the forum of the Saint Augustine Seminary “Alumni-in-Public Service,” and my mind was still stimulated by the encounter. I didn’t realize that of the 14 towns and one city