POSITION AND AFFILIATION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Executive Director Tabang Mindanaw
ARTICULATED VISION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Higaonons of Northern Mindanao enjoying Governance and Cultural Integrity, Equity, Development and Peace
“I [think] and feel [that] I cannot be called a real development worker if [I] cannot contribute to the development of this people… this is the best legacy that I and BMFI can contribute for the development and lasting peace [of] the Lumad communities in MIndanaw.”
Ariel Hernandez or Ayi is a graduate of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Ayi has then been engaged in development work. He started as a volunteer with the Year of Service Program of Xavier University and from there he took different positions such as Program Manager and Chief Operating Officer for the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PHILDHRRA-Mindanao) and Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Balay Mindanaw Foundation. He uses this position, along with his connections in the Freemasonry, to better enable the institutions in Higaonon in their works for cultural intergirty and equity.