Karina Lagdameo-Santillan

A Filipina from Manila, Philippines. A longtime Humanist. A Creative Director and Advertising Communications professional for many years, she has been active in the Community for Human Development, facilitating workshops for personal and social change to help build a culture of peace, nondiscrimination and nonviolence. She is currently a freelance writer and a volunteer editor-writer for Pressenza in Asia.

Rohingya Refugees at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Yesterday, Mohammad Nazrul Islam, a humanist friend from Bangladesh, and country representative of The Community for Human Development currently developing volunteer educational and livelihood initiatives in the seaside district of Cox’s Bazaar, sent me some pictures of the Rohingya refugees…

Catholic Church stages Prayer Power for Healing of the Philippines

It was the Sunday right after the Filipino people’s traditional visit to their beloved dead in the cemeteries along with their additional remembrance of those killed extra-judicially in the government’s bloody centerpiece war on drugs as implored by different religious…

Fisher Folk Children get Free Education at Humanist School in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. With the longest unbroken stretch of sandy beach in the world, Cox’s Bazar is Bangladesh’s most popular tourist spot. Located by the Bay of Bengal, Bangladeshis and foreigners flock to Cox’s Bazar to enjoy the golden sand,…

Humanist Club to Celebrate Diwali with Orphans and Mentally Ill People

Madurai, India— Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is the biggest, brightest and most important holiday of the year. Families light rows of clay lamps outside their homes which symbolize inner light as protection against spiritual darkness. Hindus interpret Diwali…

Marawi City Declared Liberated After 5 Months of Heavy Fighting

As the Philippine military was finally able to gun down the two terrorists leading the rebellion in Marawi City, Mindanao, President Duterte has declared Marawi liberated from terrorist influence. The bodies of Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the bandit group, Abu…

Lies, Deceit and Disinformation: The Rise of Fake News

Manila, Philippines– Fake News has become a global phenomenon and a hot issue of the times. The island-nation of the Philippines has not been spared. With the widespread use of social media and the ease of putting up blogs and…

Celebrating the International Day of Non-Violence with Children in Bangladesh

Manila, Philippines. “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”—Gandhi. The General Assembly of the United Nations declared…

Muslims of the Philippines: History and Culture Exhibition

While the battle in Marawi, a Muslim city in the Mindanao island, rages on with government forces fighting the Maute, a local band of ISIS extremists since May 23, 2017, a travelling exhibit showcasing Muslim history and culture has quietly…

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