Aral Pinoy is dedicated to education for life-giving relationships (Fuellenbach, 1998, Ruether, 2000 & Hornedo, 2009). This is inspired and born out of helping and working with the marginalized sectors of our society since my seminary formation days.
And to truly make KALUWAGAN (the easefulness of modern life), a vital difference in the lives of our fellow beings (ating mga kababayan), I also envision that one day if God’s compassionate-embrace encloses all of us, more schools for life-giving relationships will be built in the rural areas, and these are the schools for life that will sustain them.
Little did I know and realize that a 2006 final paper requirement that gave birth to Aral Pinoy advocacy in 2009 will evolve and find its meaning, purpose and articulation in my 2011 dissertation.
My dissertation is an offshoot of a final paper requirement with my professor, Sister Ann Braudis in a doctoral subject, Asian Values and Creation Spirituality during my first semester in the Applied Cosmic Anthropology (ACA) Program of Asian Social Institute (ASI) during the school year 2006–2007. The short study titled, ‘Nakakaluwag: An Affirmation of A Vision of Persons Living in Peaceful Harmony and with Respect for Life and Dignity: Towards A Filipino Contribution to A Sustainable Worldview and Global Ethic’ was eventually published in Ang Makatao, an ASI Journal (Ingles, 2006, pp.32–43) and has eventually opened a door of opportunity for me to present it in two separate conferences, namely, the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities 2008 (ICoSSH2008), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia on June 18, 2008 and the Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (PSSP2008), Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Pampanga on November 20, 2008. Inspired by this Filipino value nakakaluwag, the following year, 2009, Aral Pinoy was conceived as an advocacy dedicated to education for life-giving relationships.
By trying to embrace and practice an ethical pedagogy on how to be just and live in life-sustaining and life-giving relationships, eventually series of Aral Pinoy’s programs, projects and activities have been done and will continue to be doing.
On August 11, 2010 I was blessed to formally establish ARALPINOY.ORG INC., a non-stock, non-profit organization registered under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (with CRN CN201012580 and TIN 007–842-097).
Aral Pinoy simply means a Filipino (Pinoy) Pedagogy (Aral), which is basically a tangible manifestation of my humble initiative to create ethical-pedagogical bridge in concrete action for purposes of values re-orientation or formation program for sustainable living based on the principle of “Anumang nakapag-uugnay ay nakakapagpaluwag” as an alternative, truly Filipino ethical-pedagogical frame.
Today, I see that Filipinos need purposes in their own particular contexts and conditions, in their works and lives. Aral Pinoy tries to respond to these needs by involving Pinoys serving their Kapwa-Pinoys (Filipinos serving her/his own countrymen/women), the people and the community in the field of Education, be it Basic or Adult Literacy. By turning our work into ministry and service, focused and energized, in our humble way, Aral Pinoy continuously to work with students, teachers and communities. To sustain this initiative, Aral Pinoy helps students learn and teachers teach. Aral Pinoy has and continuously seeks volunteers (groups and individuals) who can be partner with Aral Pinoy through its ongoing efforts for the improvement of teachers’ training, students’ learning, and classrooms’ learning. With trust in God and confidence in the meaning and purposes of what Aral Pinoy is doing, I am convinced that Aral Pinoy can make a vital difference in the life of the Filipinos.
Today also, education is an urgent call to action for and by the rural poor: the indigenous people, the rural women, the fisher folks, the farmers, the rural youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities and the informal sector.
With my humble intention to help schools, teachers and students na hindi nakakaluwag (not experiencing life with ease), I hope to find people na nakakaluwag (experiencing life with ease) who may support this initiative.
Thus, I commit myself to the following mission elements as an alumnus of Asian Social Institute:
- self-empowerment of people especially the marginalized sectors;
- deepening of spirituality from various religious persuasions;
- using and developing a tool (social science, philosophy, theology, education, anthropology) for social transformation; and
- keeping and sharing the wisdom of one’s cultural values;
and to live by the institute’s vision of social transformative praxis towards justice, peace and integrity of creation.
Antonio Ingles, Jr. PhD