As part of our commitment to dialogue with other cultures and to interact with our indigenous brothers and sisters, a team composed of SVD priests, teachers and staff, and students had a two-day immersion program (Feb. 27-28) with two Mangyan communities in Oriental Mindoro:
a) Tugdaan Mangyan Center, Paitan, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro
b) Mangyan Community, Lagulong, Water, Baco, Oriental Mindoro.
The Mangyan Community welcomed the SJCS team by organizing a cultural night where they presented the beauty and richness of Mangyan culture. The team also visited the sick and the elders and distributed gifts to the community. But more than the giving of gifts, the team learned to embrace the true meaning of “Prophetic Dialogue”.