Karangalan - Invitation


1st National Conference & Festival

Mobilizing Excellence To Create A Visionary Philippines

January 21-23, 2005

Cultural Center of the Philippines


January 2005

Dear Friend for a better Philippines,

In less than three weeks, thousands, together with dozens of globally and nationally awarded Filipinos, will come together at the Cultural Center of the Philippines to highlight and celebrate the existence of a much better Philippines. They are coming together to launch the First Karangalan Conference and Festival, "Mobilizing Excellence to Create a Visionary Philippines." With this event they will dispel the hopelessness plaguing the Philippines and point to the dynamic, living, and creative forces within our society, the karangalan or honor and dignity, that is already creating a better Philippines. We are inviting you to part of this dramatic attempt to renew the country.

This will be a unique opportunity for you to experience the depth and wide diversity of talents working for a better country. Already dozens of organizations and networks have expressed their active support for the event. More and more individuals and groups are currently endorsing and registering for the event. We have many workshop groups covering the thematic areas of integral sustainable development, namely: promising approaches to ecology, economics, politics, culture, society, human development, and spirituality and social threefolding.

The following leaders and artists have confirmed their participation in Karangalan:

  • Florencio Abad, Secretary, Department of Education
  • Gerry Ablaza, Asia Business Leader Award and Asia CEO Choice 2004
  • Emily Abrera, Chairperson, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Walden Bello, Right Livelihood Award 2003 (Alternative Nobel Prize)
  • Sheila Coronel, Ramon Magsaysay Award 2003 (Nobel Prize of Asia)
  • Tony Tan Caktiong, World Entrepreneur of the Year, 2004
  • Chin Chin Gutierrez, Time Magazine 2003 Asian Hero and TOWNS 2004
  • Von Hernandez, Goldman Environmental Prize 2003 (Environmental Nobel)
  • Nes Jardin, President, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Sr.Mary John Mananzan, Asian Public Intellectual Awardee
  • Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award 2003 (Alternative Nobel Prize), UNEP Global 500 Awardee 1994, The Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL) 1994
  • Jess Robredo, Ramon Magsaysay Award 2000 (Nobel Prize of Asia)
  • Design Head for Greenbelt 3, 2003 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, the Oscar for Land Use Industry
  • PNOC Solar Project Team, Energy Globe World Award for Sustainability (Oscar for Environment) 2003

Artistic groups and artists who will perform include Madrigal Singers, winner of several global gold awards, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Grace Nono, TOWNS awardee, Kuh Ledesma, John Arcilla There will also be a performance of the Hudhud Epic, one of UNESCO’s 19 masterpieces of oral literature and a showing of the film, "Magnifico", Grand Prize Winner at the International Film Festival in Berlin. Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN business news anchor and TOWNS 2004 Awardee will co-emcee the event with Nicanor Perlas.

A nation without a vision, lacking a sense of purpose and achievement, always complaining about its failures and addicted to its weaknesses and despair, will rapidly sink into oblivion. Its pessimism will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But a nation with vision and commitment, humbly conscious of its moments of achievements and the creative essence animating its outstanding deeds, will change its present and future and will make a positive contribution to the general advancement of the world.

Join us in sending the message that, amidst the many challenges we all face, there is already another, better, exciting Philippines, emerging in our midst. This is the Philippines of moral strength, courage, vision, initiative, compassion, integrity, political will, socially-oriented businesses, artistic competence, social entrepreneurship, achievement and excellence. Join us in supporting and strengthening the rise of this visionary Philippines in the years to come.

For more details, including the detailed program and registration, kindly visit the Karangalan website at truthforce.info. This website provides updated information on the event in addition to news on integral sustainable development. Or you can also call the Karangalan Secretariat at 687 1309 or 687 1312 in Metro Manila or contact us at this email address: [email protected]

KINDLY NOTE. Ticket sales are rapidly picking up. One network has offered to buy all the 2000 seats available at the Main Theatre of the CCP. We are holding off this option to enable other networks and friends to also see the event. But, by Friday, 14 January 2005, we will encourage this network to exercise its option to ensure that we will have a full attendance for the Karangalan event.

Tickets for the 3-day plenary and artistic events which also gives participants access to all the workshops and exhibits:

  • P900 (upper and lower balcony) or P300 per day
  • P1500 (lower and upper box) or P500 per day
  • P3000 (central seats) or P1000 per day
  • P5000 (Sponsor Seats).
Please note that you can buy a ticket for only one day, if you wish. If you also like to purchase tickets as a group, you can buy 10 tickets and get one for free. We also offer 10% discount for students (with a valid ID) and 30% discount for those coming from peoples organizations with marginal resources. Kindly contact the Secretariat directly.

The tickets are starting to disappear rapidly. To ensure a place for you at the event, kindly buy your tickets now at any of the Ticket World outlets at National Book Store or at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Kindly note that these prices include access to top-rate artistic performances and the ideas and perspectives of Filipinos globally known for their achievements. If we priced these talks and performances at their market rates, it will easily exceed the modest cost we are charging for this event. A single 2 hour artistic event at CCP, for example, can cost as much as P3000. With P900 for the Karangalan event, one can listen to over two dozen top leaders and artists.

We would be grateful if you spread this message of hope and positive action for a better Philippines embodied in the Karangalan Conference and Festival. Kindly share this invitation with your friends and network. Thank you! We hope to see you at the Karangalan Conference and Festival.

With all good wishes,

Nicanor Perlas
For the Karangalan Organizing Committee