Category Archives: MAN to MAN

Advocacies including conservation of endangered tribes, environment, NGOs


Celebrate World Day Against Trafficking (WDAT)

Countries around the world take a united stand against human trafficking on July 30, 2017.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 define a human trafficking victim as a person induced to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion.

According to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a June 4, 2017 report, a proposed law will be introduced this July in Australia wherein convicted pedophiles in Australia on the National Child Offenders Register, as many as 20,000 who have been convicted and have been released from jail and are on the register, will be forbidden to travel abroad. Their passports will be cancelled. This means that thousands of children will be saved from sexual abuse by this promised legislation. This is a breakthrough commitment by the Australian government and a great example for other legislators around the world to follow.

A “world first,” it is a wake up call and challenge to other governments to introduce similar laws to stop child sex tourism that is rampant especially in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

The latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report of the US State Department released in June 2017 shows the Philippines with a Tier 1 ranking for the second time in a row. The TIP Report is a diplomatic tool of the US Government to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.

Tier 1 is the highest ranking which indicates that a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with the TVPA’s minimum standards.

According to the report, “The Philippine government demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by convicting and punishing more traffickers, identifying more victims through proactive screening procedures, and expanding its efforts to prevent trafficking of Filipino migrant workers.”

However, it was noted that the Philippine government failed to improve access to and quality of protection for trafficking victims, particularly the mental health care and services for male victims. The government also failed to “vigorously investigate and prosecute officials allegedly involved in trafficking crimes or expand its pilot program to address the backlog of trafficking cases in the courts.”


You can take a stand now and show your support against human trafficking by purchasing a piece of unique jewelry at and wear it when you’re out and about.


These bracelets and unique jewelry were made by women survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution who have found a safe haven at She W.O.R.K.S. (Women Of Reliability, Knowledge and Skills).

The women at She W.O.R.K.S. have undergone previous training from organizations/ ministries, but they would like to be better equipped to become instruments of change to other women/children/youth in difficult circumstances and their respective communities, and to grow deeper in their relationship with God.

The pilot training program at She W.O.R.K.S. which accommodates at least 5 survivors per batch runs for a year. Topics are modular and are conducted once a week. The training employs various teaching methods and approaches such as: participatory facilitation, individual and group mentoring and counseling (including business mentoring, savings group formation and group enterprise). Career assessment tools are being used to enable the survivors to map out their career paths. Practicum will be conducted in specific communities and on various occasions.

When your co-workers, neighbors, churchmates, or gym partners notice your unique jewelry, tell them about the women who made it and how you helped to secure their future. The simplest act of purchasing a piece and wearing it can make a world of difference for them.



She WORKS – Made in Hope

Tel. No. (632) 431 6122




Indigenous culture of Palawan

“Archaeological findings indicate that the First Filipino, the Tabon Man, once lived in the Tabon Caves Complex, now known as the Lipuun Point in Quezon, Palawan. Archaeological exploration and excavations undertaken at the Tabon Caves Complex yielded significant artifacts and ecofacts belonging to different cultural  chronologies ranging from 50,000 years ago to the 14th century A.D.”


According to Mr. Roy Q. Rodriguez, organizer of the Palaw’an Tribal Village found at the Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden in Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa, his grandfather had a blood compact with one of the tribe’s elders in the 70’s in the uplands. Their agreement was that his grandfather was to help the tribe preserve its fast vanishing culture due to the influence of education and modernization. The younger generations are often tempted to find jobs as farm hands and trade their traditions and way of living for salaries and a western lifestyle.

In their small compound in the city, his grandfather allotted an area where some members of the tribe can build a few huts as accommodations for when they were to go into the city from their upland homes to trade and barter for goods.



Described as a hunting & gathering tribe, families would often take turns staying at the compound bringing in handicrafts such as aromatic resin that serve both as torches and insect repellent when wrapped in special leaves and sold at P 150.00 each. Blow dart sets are also available as souvenirs, the edges dipped in poison to deliver a lethal blow when used in hunting wild pigs and other forest animals. Percussion instruments made of wood and cow’s hide, as well as gongs and the kudyapi are used to demonstrate their musicality.



A couple of staff who have immersed for a week or so at the tribe’s upland villages act as interpreters and tour guides at the compound.

Sacred dances and rituals of the tribe are never used for the presentations but only when in actual practice, and there are guests at the compound whose timely arrival allow them to witness these special occasions.

Their cultural presentations, and a fair share of the entrance fees and sales from the souvenir shop has continually allowed the tribe to earn a decent income without having to sacrifice their culture, Mr. Rodriguez adds.


At the Sabang Port in Puerto Princesa, jump off point for the Underground River tour, there is a small hut where mostly female members of the Tagbanua Tribe take turns performing the Sayusad Dance for tourists and visitors.

The known dances associated with their rituals are the following: Abellano, also called soriano, a traditional dance performed by males; Bugas-bugasan, a dance for all participants of a pagdiwata, after they have drunk the ceremonial tabad (rice wine); Kalindapan, solo dance by the female babaylan and her attendants; Runsay, ritual dances performed by the villagers on the seashore, where bamboo rafts laden with food offering are floated for the gods; Sarungkay, a healing dance by the main babaylan as she balances a sword on her head and waves ugsang or palm leaf strip; Tugatak and Tarindak, dances performed by the villagers who attend an inim or pagdiwata; Tamigan, performed by male combatants using round winnowers or bilao to represent shields.

The dancing accompanying the Runsay, performed about midnight and lasting until daybreak, is possibly the most moving of all Tagbanua dances, since it is a part of a sacred ritual that takes place only once a year, and is performed on the beach from where the ritual raft has been launched towards the sea world.

Guests who attend the Albarka ritual watch dances such as the Busak-busak, the spider dance; Batak Ribid, a dance simulating the gathering of camote; Bungalon, a showing off dance; Bugsay-bugsay, a paddle dance using fans; Segutset, a courtship dance; and Tarek, a traditional dance. The Andardi is a festival dance of the Tagbanua in and around Aborlan, performed at social gatherings. When dancing during a festival, the performers are dressed in their costumes, and hold in each hand a dried palm leaf called palaspas. The music of the Andardi is composed of one part of twelve measures, played or sung continuously throughout the dance. Drum or gongs accompanies the music and the song.

The Tagbanua, one of the oldest ethnic group in the Philippines, are possible descendants of the Tabon Man, making them one of the original inhabitants of the Philippines.

At present (2000 census), they have an estimated population of 10,000 spread over western and eastern coastal areas of Central Palawan.


This coverage was made possible as a part of USAID’s Advancing Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) project which seeks to increase competitiveness of economic growth areas including Palawan, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Province of Palawan

Special thanks to Air Asia Zest Airlines for sponsoring our roundtrip airfare from Manila to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.


native child at Aguirangan Island, Camarines Sur

volunteerism and advocacy as legacy

ordinary people

making the Philippines

a better place to live in

one day at a time

Every day, all over the planet, international organizations of all kinds are hard at work building a stronger, fairer and safer world. They want to make sure that humanity does not fall into chaos. They want to create a world where the vulnerable are protected and where all people live in harmony with each other and with their environment. The charities, foundations, political groups, governmental, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work for the betterment of our planet are, today, humanity’s greatest assets.

Some of these organizations are legendary; some are known only to the people whose lives they touch. All these groups, highly visible and ultra-discreet, merit recognition and honor for their efforts to improve life for mankind.

For the most part, the employees, volunteers, and supporters of these organizations are neither superstars nor celebrities. Most of their leaders are unknown to us, as are their founders. Those who make these organizations viable are our global heroes, many of them working far away from the spotlight to make everyday life better and safer. They might  be your neighbors. They might be family members. Maybe they are you. If this is the case, let me take this opportunity to humbly thank you. Thank you all. You are my heroes.

The world would be a very dark place without you. You are an inspiration and you are hope.

You belong on humanity’s Wall of Honor.

Patrick Bonneville, publisher of the book WALL OF HONOR