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Dear students,

Please mark the date (the event was moved from August 3 to August 10, 2017).  Those who still want to make-up for lost point should go to this event.


The Philosophy Department

College of Liberal Arts

In cooperation with the

Behavioral Sciences Society

Cordially invites the La Sallian Community

To an interreligious forum




August 10, 2017


1100-1230 PM


How should we speak of God amidst the anxieties of our times?  Where shall we search for the face of Jesus, of Mohammed and of the Buddha, amongst the endless streams of refugees pouring out of war-torn areas here and overseas?


The seeming dissonance between the message of love and peace, which is the heart of the world’s religions, and the reality of violence and indifference towards those of different faith or religion, is hard to ignore.  For some scholars, the above dissonance points to the increasing role of religious belief in the promotion of epistemic violence, which is manifested in sexism, fundamentalism, racism, ethnocentrism, transphobia, and many more.  For some scholars, however, religion can be a category of knowledge that is enabling, and can contribute to human flourishing. Religion is not the “other” in the emancipatory discourse.


The forum presents local scholars from major religions—Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, to explore these issues and more.  It seeks to offer a venue for the community to reflect on the Praxis of faith and to respond to the challenge to contribute to the flourishing of all.




Datu Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan is a Fellow of the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung and the King Abdullah bin Abdulazis Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. He is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. He is also currently the Executive Director of the Al Qalam Institute of Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia based at Ateneo de Davao University.


Mr. Abdul Rahman Ernesto M. Cruz is a leading figure of the Islamic Propagators Association of the Philippines. He facilitates Islamic dialogue in schools, jails and other correctional institutions, with the police and military organizations, and other public desks. Mr. Cruz hosts a radio and television programs, which airs every Saturday and Sunday in DYME 78.3, which covers the entire island of Masbate, Negros (Iloilo City) and in Samar, Philippines.


Ms. Laureen Velasco is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department at De La Salle University. She is the 2015 Winner of the Students’ Search for Outstanding Teachers (SSOT), a campus-wide search sponsored by the Student Government. Ms. Velasco has obtained multiple fellowships from The Monbusho (Monbukagakusho)

and Japan Foundation as recognition for her outstanding scholarship on Japanese Philosophy and Culture and Zen Buddhism.


Dr. Mark Joseph Calano is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department at The Ateneo de Manila University.  He holds two PhDs, one in Religious Studies from St. Louis University and the other in Philosophy from ADMU respectively.  Dr. Calano is also an author of a SHS textbook on World Religions.


For more information about the forum, email  You can also call via local 546.


Assignment for July 18-23, 2017

Dear students,

Please refer to the file attached for the instructions regarding your 2nd journal entry.  See you all next week!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Jeane

July 18-23 Assignment

Excellent Reflection on the film, Departures and Buddhism

Departures is a truly beautiful film to frame discussions on death, life and love.  Here is an example of a reflection that strings the film and Buddhism together.  PHILOPE A56 student, Charisse Aquino writes:

“Departures” and Buddhism

Credit: Culture Trip

A few weeks ago, we watched a Japanese film in PHILOPE class called “Departures.” The 2008 film is about a man called Daigo , who, after a failed career as a cellist, becomes a nōkanshi (a traditional Japanese ritual mortician) in his hometown. Throughout the film, the viewers see him deal with different struggles such as his anger towards his father and even hostility from others because of his job. In this reflection, I will discuss and analyze the film and connect it with themes of Buddhism. For better understanding, the reflection will be divided into two parts, ‘Dying’ and ‘Living.’

For more check out Charisse’s site here: