Remembering my childhood with joy

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By Faith Dima-ano


It was a first time in history that I traveled to Cotabato City. It was amazing,meaningful and yet reminiscing of my childhood life… being a daughter of a pioneering missionary parents somewhere in Compostela Valley, Philippines. During the Conversations on Faith and IP Culture event, facilitating logistical support was part of my work. But, when I saw all the people, I was kind of reminded how we did our missionary work during my younger years. I saw how the people there have this simple yet so amazing happiness. I felt the same way when I saw their happy faces especially when they saw people outside their area visiting their communities. That event was a big impact to their community and I feel like being there was having this thought of "Wow, there are plenty of happy people in this world!"

Faith is the Administrative Officer of iEmergence, Inc. Philippines. Hailing from Anitapan, Compostela Valley, where she and her two brothers were raised by missionary parents, she and her family have settled back in Davao City. Growing up in Anitapan, she spent a lot of time with the Mansaka tribe. This allowed her to experience a variety of things and grow in her understanding of her country especially its Indigenous peoples.