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Word from the Institute - August 2014 By Prof. Nene Pimentel

Circumstances beyond one’s control are often blamed for the action a person takes at any moment in one’s lifetime.

On deeper reflection, the person is still responsible for the action he or she takes under any and all circumstances.

This month, the Center writes “finis” to its stint with the University of Makati.

UMak, as it is fondly called by its beneficiaries, and the City Government of Makati have been extremely generous in their support to the Center from the time it began its quixotic work for national transformation through seminars for barangay and other local government officials, and even in its more idealistic program called “Batang Transformers”.

The latter program calls for a four day live-in seminar where Muslim-Lumad-and-Christian youth leaders bond together in the hope of inspiring them to work in unison in the search for peace from an early age, and, thus, eliminate all traces of mistrust and enmity between and among those sectors of our society.

Recent political developments, though, render the Center’s continued relationship with UMak untenable.

Hence, it is now time for the Center to say goodbye to UMak as the main venue of its activities.

The Center assures its friends and supporters that it will continue to do its work among local government officials, and the youth of the land, to advance the cause of national transformation.

For in the execution of that cause, the Center believes - to quote our national hero - “El sitio nada importa!”

So, wherever the Center may find itself, it is committed to do its work, no matter what the cost.

All that the Center asks for is God’s continued blessings, and, naturally, the support of all well-intentioned individuals. For it is axiomatic that even God’s miracles are wrought through human beings.

Hence, to Vice President Jojo Binay who planted the seeds of the Center in Umak; to Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and the members of his Administration; to President Tom Lopez, and Executive VP Raymund Arcega; to Dean Ed Tapia, Prof. Norma Camunay, Ray Rosuelo, and the rest of the UMak Staff, and to all who contributed to the fulfillment of the Center’s work, salamat po, sa inyong lahat.

Till better times, the Center bids you, all, adieu.