SOX Messaging Hub pilots weekly online peace show ‘Kilos Kalinaw’

Member youth groups and organizations from the SOX (SOCCSKSARGEN) Messaging Hub took their peace conversations online through a weekly Facebook live show dubbed “Kilos Kalinaw (Act for Peace)”, in celebration of the International Day of Peace and the Peace Consciousness Month in September.

Kilos Kalinaw, a weekly and month-long series aired every Sunday at 7:00 pm on the program’s Facebook page. The first episode premiered on September 6 and the fourth one ended on September 27. More than 10 youth groups in SOCCSKSARGEN partnered together for Kilos Kalinaw’s hosting and production. Dr. Jovar Pantao, the focal person of the SOX Messaging Hub host institution, Mindanao State University-General Santos City, directed the show. 

Each episode was jam packed with interesting and fun segments for speakers and guests, which was the primary aim of the online series – conversing about peace and development in a youthful and engaging way. 

The series focused on the following topics: Peace Promotion through Culture and Arts (Episode 1), Education (Episode 2), Active Citizenship, and Good Governance (Episode 4). The month-long online conversation tapped a total of 11 youth leaders and peace movers from the region as the show’s guests, who have actively engaged with the viewers through their notable experiences and field of expertise in pushing peace forward. 

Episode 1 discussed culture and arts as instruments in peace promotion. Two of the region’s cultural artists, Raydan Tangwayan and Jasmin Saricala, shared how their engagement in the said field has helped them promote peace as reflected in their performances. On the other hand, they encouraged viewers, especially the young ones, to continue preserving and embracing the Mindanaoan and Filipino cultures. 

Young educators joined Kilos Kalinaw in its second week episode. Al Benzhar Lumanggal, an education student in MSU-Gensan and Rowena Bongolto an MSU-Gensan education graduate and now a teacher, inspired viewers with their peace initiatives in the form of interactive board games. Both educators said that there are many ways that peace as a concept can be taught, especially to the kids, one of which is through board games. 

Alumni from different global exchange programs were featured on the third episode. Sittie Sakhira Dambong, Kimbian Lim, Kloyde Caday and Shar Jathiya Sheik talked about their learning experiences and challenges pursuing exchange programs abroad. More importantly, they shared how they translated these experiences into worthwhile and impactful programs in their respective communities. Guest speakers encouraged fellow youth to apply and be part of such programs as these can also help them become active citizens in the country. 

The fourth episode capped the Peace Consciousness Month and featured young individuals in the public service. SK Chairperson and EAI Tech Camp Alumni Kimberly Cloi Cancer, Municipal Administrator  Kahar Dalaten, and Youth for Peace Movement Convener Norhane Usop talked about the peace and youth development programs they are part of that are implemented with the support of the local governments. 

Kilos Kalinaw also featured the messages of support and solidarity from Mindanaoan youth leaders, peacebuilding workers and government leaders, in between conversations. 

Also adding colors to the production of Kilos Kalinaw series was the jingle of the same title originally composed and performed by Samuel Bastareche and Von Kytz Marx Pingoy. Keeping each episode livelier were the hosts: Oli Abiera and Ryjean Kamid of Yabong Philippines (Episode 1 and 3), Ian Kith Parcon of YECS (Episode 2), and Gretchin Bone from the Local Youth Development Unit of Sarangani and EAI-Philippines Up2Youth Tech Camp alumnus Ruel Pugoy. 

According to Dun Oliver Abiera, peace should be seen in many aspects of society.

“As part of the production of Kilos Kalinaw, I felt like the youth really stepped up in the scene more than ever. If we see this more, we can build a stronger foundation of peace in our society across generations, the country, and even the world”, Dun shared.

Through the collective effort of the SOX Messaging Hub host and members, partner organizations: United States Government Alumni Association (USGAA), Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), Yabong Philippines, Saranggani Province Sulong Kapayapaan and Sulong Kabataan, Youth for Peace Movement-GenSan, Young Educators Convergence of SOCCSKSARGEN (YECS) YOUTeacH Philippines, Isulan National High School), and Equal Access International-Philippines, the online show culminated with a reach of 16,000+ individuals from the region and all over Mindanao.

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