Lawyer Gil Tabucanon will translate the script of “Anna’s presentation” into Cebuano, retaining the pictures of
this teaching material. He has also translated the Kitab-i-Aqdas into Cebuano and is in the final stages of indexing.
It will be ready for publication soon. Meanwhile, Peter Cabrales is translating the Aqdas into Waray.
A Bahá’í-inspired kindergarten school opened in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, last July 7. Two weeks ago, a
Bahá’í-inspired preschool opened in San Jose City in Nueva Ecija: one by Lydia Garcia beside her residence and
another one by Annalisa Parocha. And not long ago a Mangyan tutorial school likewise opened. These gradual
expansions of Bahá’í-inspired schools are fruits provided by training given by the Dawnbreakers Foundation.
As reported in previous Mirror issues, 24 prospective JYSEP Cluster Coordinators from the 14 IPG clusters,
most of whom are already serving junior youth, gathered together for a 14-day training seminar held at Solano,
Nueva Vizcaya, from May 19 to June 1.
Of the country’s 40 priority clusters targeted to enter IPG within the second of a series of four Five Year Plans
(i.e., from 2006-11), 14 have already reached Category A as of Ridván 2008. These are San Jose City (Central Luzon),
Patpat (Mindanao), Diffun-Cabarroguis (North Luzon), Sablayan (South Luzon), Metro Manila (South Luzon), Solano-
Bayombong (North Luzon), San Jose (South Luzon), Cagayan de Oro City (Mindanao), Aborlan (Palawan) Gattaran-Aparri
East (North Luzon), Iriga (South Luzon), Ormoc (Visayas), Sto. Tomas (Mindanao) and Central Benguet (Central Luzon).
Also in attendance were several collaborators from upcoming A clusters of Santiago (North Luzon), Antipolo
(South Luzon) and Upland Mindoro (South Luzon).
The seminar was facilitated by resource persons for the JYSEP. Reviewed were materials pertaining to the
program especially those prepared by the Office of Social and Economic Development.
Participants reflected on their own experiences in assisting animators and handling junior youth groups,
formulated 4-cycle-one-year plans and set goals as a fruit of their analysis of their clusters, and conducted a study
of Book 5: The Spiritual Empowerment of the Junior Youths.
Workshops on possible complementary activities such as Music, Arts, Games, Sports, Physical Exercises and
Dance were also taken up.
Service Project, a necessary element of a JYG, was discussed in depth.
Other activities were community visits where a primary action was a review of Alamin Natin ang
Pananampalatayang Bahá’í, a necessary step to a teaching campaign. This one-day exercise, where the participants
were divided into groups of eight and assigned to areas in the cluster, brought about 87 souls into the Faith, and
formed new study circles, children’s classes and junior youth groups.
The participants of the training also had first hand experience of handling junior youth groups both newly
formed and those already existing. They were accompanied by local believers in the community visits, teaching and
Such activities have been a highlight of the whole exercise as the participants were able to put into action what they learned while in training. The looks in their faces after each day’s activity pictured that of blissful joy.
A day’s activity would start with a physical exercise, then devotions where the Words of God would be intoned,
followed by learning either theoretically or in action. Early evenings were spent for workshops and in-depth study,
review and formulation of cluster plans took most of them until the wee hours of the morning. Such degree of
commitment manifested their seriousness in the work they are to assume. Each night would end with prayers.
Counsellor Foad Reyhani graced the training on May 30-31, sharing valuable insights. He was also present when
the participants each bared their one-year plan for advancement of the JYSEP in their respective clusters. The
training culminated with a Junior Youth Encounter held at the Provincial Capitol with almost a hundred
Over two weeks ago, Antipolo welcomed fresh
recruits, 37 in number, borne out of two teams in a
weeklong teaching activity. They will hold their
reflection meeting on July 13.
The Metro Manila Cluster held a wonderful second
reflection meeting for this year last July 6 at the National
Bahá’í Center. About 40 participants came to the
meeting led by Counsellor Foad Reyhani. It was very
heartwarming to see in the meeting the parents of
Mr. Reyhani and his sister-in-law who were visiting from
Yemen and Niger, respectively. He moved the throng of
believers to a higher level of consciousness in what
understanding and services are in relation to promotion
of growth in the cluster. Also in attendance were the
members of the RBC and the CTC of Metro Manila
and Auxiliary Board member Christy Villamil. The
cluster’s agencies made a very informed and enthused
presentation of the cycles of growth and the plan of
the cycle was well received and overwhelmingly
approved by the body of friends. Teaching and
consolidation in this cycle will focus on three locations:
Caloocan, Las Piñas and Manila. The neighboring
communities will lend support and manpower to these
The Local Spiritual Assembly of Las Piñas has added
a feature in their gatherings for the Nineteen Day Feast
to enliven it with some insights. Through the LSA
member facilitating the program, an elucidation of the
Bahá’í calendar month is expanded. For example, the
month of Light and the month of Mercy – these
attributes of God are enunciated in relation to man and
his life. In the coming Nineteen Day Feast, the friends
look forward to Words, another attribute of God. Why
is words God’s attribute? Statements from the Holy
Writings as well as the Hidden Words will be gleaned
and examined. One good thing is the benefit shared not
just to the believers but to the friends of Bahá’ís
attending the gathering.
Not so long ago in the Ormoc City Cluster, the
intensive teaching campaign of two weeks commencing
April 14, with a target of 50, resulted in 16 new
believers. Fifteen friends composed the five teaching
teams. Out of 18 expected participants for the intensive
Institute campaign last May 6-11 in the house of Alejo,
eight came and studied Books 1, 2, 4 and 6; five
graduated, two from Book 1, two from Book 2 and one
from Book 6; and one finished two books. Eight tutors
facilitated, others alternating with some tutors. The
three new Book 7 graduates from Bantigue have tutored
Books 1, 2 and 6. Five new believers enrolled during
this campaign. Total new believers = 21.