Pinoy genius, talent and creativity will take center stage in a new local festival that is seen to lift hopes in typhoon-battered Mindanao.
Individuals and groups considered "social entrepreneurs" are set to converge in Davao City on Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 for "Liwanag: World Festival on Creativity and Sustainability."
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"Never before has such a large array of inspiring and dynamic speakers and artists been brought together in one event," said festival director and former Presidential aspirant Nicanor Perlas.
These include Gawad Kalinga founcer Tony Meloto, businesswoman and environment advocate Gina Lopez as well as Occupy Wall Street advocate Seth Jordan.
Several other leaders from non-government, scientific, artist, business and media organizations both from the Philippines and abroad will also be featured in the festival.
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"The Philippines and the world have the talent and the smarts to create a world of promise, excitement, and prosperity," Perlas said.
This, as he noted that Liwanag will showcase "brilliant, heart-centered initiatives in all dimensions of sustainability: ecological, economic, cultural, political, societal, human, and spiritual."
The festival's name "liwanag" is the Filipino word for "light."
Contrasting this with "ningning", which means "glitter" or "false light," festival organizers noted that Filipino heroes understand "the importance of creating a new nation on the basis of profound inner change."
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"'[L]iwanag" can be interpreted to mean a profound form of creativity. Without creativity, sustainability would not be possible," they said on the festival website.
The festival will be spearheaded by a global network called "Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies Through Initiatives, Organizing, and Networking."
"'Imaginals'", the Liwanag festival said, refer to individuals who "walk the talk and establish initiatives in pursuit of sustainable societies."
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