January-February 1996

Filipino Brasiliero

By Ariel Presbitero

Hundred of thousands of abandoned children roamed the cities of Brazil. These children are used and abused and even gunned down by the police when it suits them. Pope John Paul II in his New Year’s message has appealed to us to open our hearts to these lost abandoned by the world.

Ariel Presbitero, a Columban missionary in Brazil, takes a look at one aspect of this growing third world problem.

Ang Brazil ay ang pinakamalaking bansa sa South America. Pagkatapos ng napakaraming pagsubok, lumalago ngayon ang ekonomiya ng bansa, sa katunayan ang Brazil ang pinakamamalaking exporter ng kape at asukal sa buong daigdig . Subalit di rin mapagkaila na marami pa rin itong problemang kinakaharap. Isa na dito ang mga kabataang makikitang palaboylaboy sa mga daan at kalye ng Brazil.

A Tribe Lies Bleeding

By Conrado de Quiros

Misyon has for a long time taken a stand for tribal people throughout the world. Now here’s something close to home to shock us ...

Ikit Landahay is a 10-year-old boy from the Umayammon-Manobo, a ‘lumad’ or tribe living in the fringes of Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte. He has this story to tell:

When he was only one year old, his father was shot to death by armed men believes to be working for the logging company, Sta. Ines Milale Corporation (Simcor). His father was Datu Tuting Landahay, and he had earned the ire of the company by protesting its logging operations. Ikit’s mother deeply mourned her husband’s death, and finding no solace in life, hanged herself. Ikit and his four brothers and sisters fell under the care of their uncle.

Nidia, a woman who planted trees

By Fr. Vincent Busch

On the island of Mindanao where I live I see signs all around me of how our generous and renewable planet is dying. Mindanao’s top soil is eroded, its forest stripped, its mangrove swamps uprooted and its rivers and seas are polluted. The people who suffer most from this ecological mess are those whose lives depend directly on the health of their habitat. I see the consequences so clearly in the town of Plaridel where the people of Barrio Danao go hungry in the wake of the destruction of their mangrove forest.

Sila ni Pilar

By Fr. Brendan O’Connell

I met Pilar Tilos in 1963 in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. It was my first year as a priest and her first as a teacher. We have been friends ever since. She was one of the first group of lay people to become actively involved in the Church in Southern Negros in the Philippines. Through the legion on Mary and other mandated organizations of the sixties she helped prepare Hinoba-an for the tremendous changes that were to come.