SEEKING to transform society into a more livable and sustainable one, civil society groups and volunteers will hold the Liwanag World Festival 2015 in Cebu this September.
Initiated by the Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organization and Network (Mission), the event seeks to address livability and sustainability concerns in the fields of education, environment, culture, health, women’s and children’s rights, agriculture, entrepreneurship, urbanization and governance.
“What we want to do is bring us together so that we can connect and we can share stories together and from those stories we learn together. That’s what basically Liwanag 2015 is,” Teresa Ruelas Mission-Cebu co-founder said during a press conference at Handuraw Events Café last July.
This year’s theme is “Co-creating a new Philippines: the next step for Innovative Societal Movements in Transforming a Nation.” The event will be held on Sept. 24, 25 and 26 at the Cebu Provincial Capitol.
The first Liwanag Festival, which was held in Davao City in 2013, called upon the most creative and innovative initiatives, while the second one, held in Iloilo City a few months after Yolanda struck the country in 2014, sought to assess, learn from each other and come up with an ecosystem of solutions.
“Transforming society is like transforming ourselves. There are people who are doing a lot of things but we don’t have to spend or exhaust our energy in attacking the system. Instead, we will work together in transforming into a better society,” said Maria Clara Rowena, Mission-Cebu member. (Mariel Torres and Judelyn Olorvida/PIT AB Com Interns)