Indigenous Peoples Sunday
PADYAK PARA SA KATUTUBO AT KALIKASAN II (PKK II)
October 13-14, 2012
On October 14, the Church will celebrate the 35th Indigenous Peoples Sunday. A yearly event that started in 1978 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, our Bishops have accepted and declared the second Sunday of October as Indigenous Peoples Sunday (formerly Tribal Filipino Sunday), thereby intending to call attention to the plight of our indigenous brothers and sisters who are so often exploited and discriminated against in our society.
To date, more than ten (10) million IPs, yearning for respect and survival, challenge us, their Christian brothers, to help redeem them from this undeserved situation. Their experience and aspiration remind us how life is interrelated with land as gift from the Creator, and the dignity of all women and men as children of God.
This year’s theme is “Evangelization and Inculturation”. Evangelization – the absorption of Gospel values, and Inculturation – expressing these values in terms that are understandable by the indigenous peoples and respectful of their cultural practices – go hand in hand.
And to muster the active participation of as many people as possible, a biking into the land of our indigenous sisters and brothers called “Padyak para sa Katutubo at Kalikasan II” is being proposed.
The Organizer: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (CBCP-ECIP), in coordination with the Vicariate of Calapan, Mangyan Mission, the Diocese of Kalibo, and the Atis of Boracay Island.
The Objectives 1. To raise awareness on the plight of our country’s indigenous peoples and the current situation of our environment;
2. In particular, to drum up support for our IP sisters and brothers of Oriental Mindoro facing the threat of mining and other ecological destructions, and to support the installation and occupation of Atis in their ancestral domain in Boracay Island; and
3. To promote biking for a healthy body and for a clean & sustainable environment.
The Event: As part of the Indigenous Peoples Sunday celebration, a two-day biking event that will start in the morning of October 13 in Calapan City and will end in the afternoon of October 14 in Brgy. Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.
Call time at Batangas Pier on October 12 (Friday) at around 3 pm. We will get the 4 pm boat to Calapan City. Estimated time of arrival in Calapan City port at around 6 pm. We will bike from Calapan port to Barangay Lalud, Calapan City. In Lalud, we will take our dinner and accommodation at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
On the morning of October 13, the bikers will proceed from Lalud to the Calapan Cathedral for a Eucharistic celebration at 6:00 AM. After the mass, the peleton will start and will stop at the following municipalities of Victoria (Breakfast), Pinamalayan (AM Snacks), Bongabong (Lunch) and Roxas (PM Snacks). A total of 124 kilometers from Calapan Cathedral to Roxas Pier. From Roxas, the participants will take a boat to Caticlan port, then another boat from caticlan to Boracay Island. From Boracay Port, the bikers will proceed to the ancestral domains of Ati in Barangay Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island and will spend the night in tents along Boracay white beach.
In the early morning of October 14, the actual IP Sunday, the bikers will go to the parish of the Most Holy Rosary for a Eucharistic celebration. Right after the mass, the parish will sponsor a breakfast for the bikers. After breakfast, a parade-procession with the bikers will proceed along the beach of Boracay going back to Barangay Manoc-manoc. A sponsored lunch from the supporters of Atis in Boracay Island and prepared by Ati themselves will be served for the bikers. A short program will follow. Between 2pm -5pm is free time, and call time for departure at 5:30 pm. We expect to board the 8 pm boat from Caticlan to Batangas City by 7 pm. Estimated time of arrival in Batangas City is around 5 am of October 15.
The Participants: Around 150 bike enthusiasts from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are expected to participate, together with bishops, priests, lay and IP leaders.
There will be no registration fee for this Padyak para sa Katutubo at Kalikasan II. However, we are requiring the participants to shoulder their own transportation expenses. Specifically, the following are the regular boat fees (plus terminal and environmental fees in Boracay):
Batangas Pier to Calapan City – P 240.00 + P192.00 (bike)
Roxas, Or. Min. to Caticlan, Malay – P 460.00 + P368.00 (bike)
Caticlan to Boracay Island – P 50.00 + P 34.00 (bike) round trip
Caticlan to Batangas Pier – P 862.75 + P350.00 (bike)
Caticlan terminal Fee P 25.00
Boracay Envi Fee P 75.00
Total P1,712.75 + P944.00 = P2,656.75
We are still negotiating for discounts with Montenegro Shipping and To Go Travel. We will inform you as soon as we finish the negotiation.
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