NOTICE OF COMPETITION: WRITE THE PEACE SONG

To celebrate our 10th year of activity the association Culture Ticino Network of Lugano launches the new international competition “Write the peace song”, to which are invited scholars of the third, fourth and fifth classes of elementary school, the middle schools and the high schools in Ticino, the provinces of Como and Varese.

The new contest is a continuation of the project for the creation of a “culture of peace” in continuity with the historical commitment of our association and its initiatives “create the flag of peace” of 2018 and “poetries of peace” of 2019.
The association Culture Ticino Network confirms, in its tenth anniversary, its constant commitment to creating opportunities for sociality, exchange and cultural growth.

The object of the competition is the creation of one or more song lyrics with particular attention to children’s right and environmental protection, addressing issues of kindness, friendship and cultures. It is also possible to present the lyrics accompanied by a musical base or a melody.
The songs will be evaluated by the steering committee of the association and by people with experience in musical field.

The “Song of Peace” must be the result of productive teamwork that, based on solid values of friendship, brotherhood, sharing and collaboration between apparently different peoples and cultures, bears fruit.

Due to the current situation related to the coronavirus we are forced to postpone our competition so the deadline to participate is September 30, 2020 while the deadline for the delivery of the lyrics is set for December 15, 2020.
The award ceremony will take place in spring 2021 during an event specially organized by the Association Culture Ticino Network, about which you will receive more information as soonest.

We thank you in advance for your participation and for putting your imagination at our disposal.

 

For more information:  info@culture-ti.net or Tel. +41 91 922 95 18

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SAVE THE DATE: “WALKING FOR PEACE”

We are glad to inform you that the 8th edition of “Walking for Peace” has been postponed to Saturday, 3rd October 2020. As soon as the coronavirus situation allows us to continue the organization, we will immediately update you about the program. This important and symbolic cross-border event, organized by the Culture Ticino Network Association of Lugano and that will be held in Malcantone and Varesotto, is supported every year by the Italian and Swiss municipalities involved, sponsored by the Province of Varese and other institutions.

The whole event will be animated by performances and shows, in correspondence with the various stages of the journey and aims to promote the culture of peace by unite all peoples between the Swiss and Italian state.

Two group of participants, one from Switzerland and one from Italy, march toward a common goal: the border bridge of Ponte Tresa, which has become the “bridge of peace” and symbol of the union of people. A convivial moment will follow with the presentation of our projects and a fundraising.

All the money raised during this event will be used to support the projects of the Culture Ticino Network Association in the Philippines and Ticino.

This year will be a special opportunity to show together our solidarity for the people all over the world, an event to celebrate all together!

More information about the organization can be obtained by contacting us or by following our social pages:

Mail: info@culture-ti.net

Tel: +41 91 922 95 18

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Discover the 2019 edition of “Walking for Peace” [CLICK HERE]

SPAZIO GENERAZIONI: SUSPENDED LESSONS

Culture Ticino Network Association of Lugano informs you that the project Spazio generazioni, characterized by English lessons for beginners alternating with the course “Let’s prepare your professional future together“, is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus situation. When everything will return to normal, we will inform you about the next dates of the lessons.

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WORLD PEACE FORUM: LET’S CELEBRATE OUR 10 YEAR-ANNIVERSARY TOGETHER!

After the great successes of the past editions, this year the Culture Ticino Network Association of Lugano is very pleased to announce that the organization for the 10th anniversary of the World Peace Forum, that will take place from 17th November to 17th December 2020, continue! We are not able yet to give you more information about the general program, due to the coronavirus situation, but as soon as possible we will inform you about it.

It will be an extraordinary Forum with the aim of bringing all generations closer to the culture of peace and solidarity; through various activities, round tables, convivial moments, shows and solidarity. As always there will also be the “Village of Peace”, an entire day dedicated to the schools in Ticino, with interesting workshops developed by professionals on current issues, from the environment to human rights.

The funds collected during all the World Peace Forum events will be used to support the projects of the Culture Ticino Network Association in the Philippines and Ticino.

This year will be even more an special opportunity to show our solidarity for all the people of the world, an event to be celebrated all together! Peace must start from small groups, from ourselves, from the family, and then be spread all over the world through important values such as dialogue and solidarity.

More information about the organization can be obtained by contacting us or by following our social pages:

Mail: info@culture-ti.net

Tel: +41 91 922 95 18

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Instagram: cultureticinonetwork

 

Discover the 2019 edition of the “World Peace Forum” [CLICK HERE]

FOOD EMERGENCY IN THE PHILIPPINES

This pandemic, characterized by so many difficulties for the entire world population, is forcing all of us to change our habits of life and to open more our hearts to the neediest people. One of the most important human rights is certainly the right to food, and unfortunately in the poorest areas this important right has difficulty to be fulfilled.

5 years ago our Culture Ticino Network Association started to support the neediest people in Ticino and in the Philippines too, especially in the Bulacan Region. In January 2020 we also founded our twin association “Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association” based in Paombong. This was strongly desired by our President Margherita Maffeis-Natale, also Honorary Consul of the Philippines in the Canton of Ticino, and by our committee to help with projects in the poor area of grade 3, which includes Paombong, with about 53’000 inhabitants, where the majority of the population lives in extreme poverty.

SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

With Covid-19 the Region of Bulacan and Paombong, currently in quarantine, are facing serious food supplies difficulties. For this reason, the Association Culture Ticino Network of Lugano immediately responded to the request for help of the Rdo. Fr. Anacleto C. Ignacio of the Parish of Paombong in the Philippines, with the aim of helping 1’000 families living in extreme poverty. The aid consists in preparing food packages containing rice, noodles, canned goods for these neediest families.

From 2 to 4 April 2020, thanks to an initial payment by our Association and the support by other sponsors in the Philippines, have been distribuited food packages to the neediest families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update of May: the Culture Ticino Network Association in Lugano/Switzerland and the Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association in Paombong/Filippine are pleased to inform you that in the first half of May 2020, in collaboration with the local parish of Paombong, other food packages were distributed to the most needy families in Paombong. Our donation included 116 packages containing 3 kg of rice, noodles and canned meat. We sincerely thank the sponsors and the parish of Paombong for their valuable cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would also like to thank the pharmaceutical company Pasqual Laboratories Inc. in Manila for its sponsorship of medicines and vitamins.

On Sunday May 31st 2020, the Culture Ticino Network of Lugano Association, in collaboration with the Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association of Paombong, distributed food packages in the Barangay Balite of Malolos (Bulacan Region) to 100 neediest families. Our donation included 3 kg of rice, noodles, tinned meat and coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update of June: on Monday June 1st 2020 another distribution of food packages to the poorest families in Paombong took place, again in collaboration with our Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association, which operates on site. On this day were distributed rice, noodles, coffee, medicines and vitamins for adults and children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 28th 2020, the fifth distribution of food packages and medications took place in the two Barangay Balite and Balayong of Malolos, in the Bulacan Region. Helping the poorest of the poor is the mission of the association Culture Ticino Network of Lugano (Switzerland) and Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association of Paombong (Philippines). This distribution has touched our hearts. Many families have no more rice and risk suffering even more hunger. All these families live in very poor situations and also need your help.

 

 

 

 

 

To be able to continue with the distribution in the coming months we need your help! Even a small donation can make a big difference!

 

You can make your free offer to the following bank account in the name of the association:

Associazione Culture Ticino Network, Lugano
IBAN: CH140024724710719501F
BIC: UBSWCHZH80A

 

Heartfelt thanks for every donation! We will treat every support with the most transparency. Our association in Paombong will follow this project on site.

Our Culture Ticino Network Association in Ticino/Switzerland is recognized as a public utility by the Canton of Ticino and for this reason you can deduct the donation from your taxes.

“The great richness of humanity lies in solidarity” and to get out of these difficult moments only a minimal but enormously important gesture is really enough. We will be very grateful to anyone who decides to donate something to support this emergency that has affected the neediest people in Paombong. Thank you so much in advance for your donation and solidarity!

 

For more information:  info@culture-ti.net or by phone +41 91 922 95 18

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Philippines: a humanitarian journey full of emotions, meetings and new projects

Our President Margherita Maffeis-Natale, and Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Ticino, went again this year with her husband from 1st to 17th January 2020 to the Philippines; this year with a special mission, namely to consolidate our newly founded twin association Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association, based in Paombong, and to start with our local committee the important project “Sustainable Development in Paombong”. Below is the story of her journey:

“I’m glad to tell you about my fourth humanitarian trip to the Philippines, which took place this January 2020. We left on December 31, 2019, celebrating with positive emotions, and in various places around the world, the end and beginning of the year. After a long journey of 24 hours, on January 1 my husband and me arrived at Manila airport, where we were warmly welcomed by Jennefer Espinosa (our local representative) and accompanied, with another 2.5 hours of travel, to our hotel located in the Bulacan Region. After a day of adaptation to the Jetlag and after recovering our strength we start our humanitarian mission.

On January 3rd we held the first meeting in the hotel with the committee members of the newly founded Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association based in Paombong. The first topics discussed were the projects to be carried out for the most needy and the organization of our Spyri award ceremony that would be held the following 14th of January.
In the following days I held several meetings also aimed at establishing the legal basis on which to finish the accreditation of our new association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January 7th I met in the morning the parish priest of Paombong, the Rev.Fr. Anacleto C. Ignazio, and Francis Bartolome, vice chairman of the parish council, with whom we began to discuss various future projects to help those most in need in Paombong.

 

 

 

 

 

Subsequently I wanted to see the validity and progress of the educational project, launched by our Culture Ticino Network Association in Ticino in January 2019, at the “Central Elementary School” in Paombong, being able to see with pleasure the functionality and positive involvement of the students.

During our visit I delivered another new Laptop LABDOO, in addition to the other four provided during the last year; on all the 5 devices provided is installed an educational software able to help the training and learning of the students.
The project is having a lot of success and our Association wants to provide other educational laptops to the school in the future. A heartfelt thank you for the valuable collaboration also goes to the headmaster of the school Marquez T. Cartel and the teacher Ms Janet Principale.

 

On January 8th I met in Manila Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople, president of the Blase F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute Foundation in Manila, to which we will give our Spyri award. It was also a valuable opportunity to inform her about our humanitarian projects for the most needy in Paombong. On the same day, also in Manila, I held other meetings.

On January 10th I had the opportunity to meet the Swiss Ambassador, Alain Gaschen, in Manila. It was a very positive meeting with the desire to help the most needy in the Philippines.

On January 13th, the day began with an event with catastrophic consequences for all of us, but especially for the population of the towns near Manila: the eruption of the volcano Taal. This catastrophe has allowed us to understand even better how these people are living in constant danger, due to both poverty and possible natural disasters. The ashes of the volcano have reached a few kilometers from our hotel and saddened us all. However, I have noticed that despite everything, these people have not lost the solidarity and courage that distinguishes them. The Government immediately took action to inform and help the people who had to evacuate the affected area. Many local people and associations also met in the following days in community centres to cook and help those who had to leave their houses. Immediately afterwards, the Manila airport was also closed, putting our return back home at risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January 14th the award ceremony for our Spyri Award was held in a room of our hotel. The Spyri Award is a recognition of the Culture Ticino Network Association that rewards a person who has distinguished himself for peace and solidarity. In 2019 it was awarded Ms. Susan Ople, who was unable to join us on November 16th 2019 to receive it in person during the ninth edition of our World Forum for Peace.
Ms. Ople received the Spyri Award for the help her foundation has provided and still provides to exploited and abused Filipino workers around the World.

On January 15th finally comes the news that our return flight has been confirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January 16th the constitutive meeting of the Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association took place, where all the roles were defined and the will to create a multifunctional centre in which to carry out training activities was expressed. The evening took place with joy and a great desire to realize important projects for the most needy in Paombong and in the Bulacan Region. Among the first projects scheduled for 2020 are the distribution of 31 scholarships lasting 2 years to the most needy students; a medical mission (free visits and surgery for the most needy) in collaboration with the parish of Paombong and the St. Luke Medical Center Foundation; the creation of training programs for cooks (Tesda program) and the implementation of the “Sustainable Development” project in Paombong.

 

On January 17th we leave for Switzerland, leaving us always the nostalgia of this wonderful country and the people we met, but also with the certainty in our hearts that we now have a valid local committee that will work with our Association in Ticino to implement humanitarian projects for the most needy of the region, and to have strengthened the bridge between Ticino and the Philippines!

Mabuhay Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association in Paombong and Culture Ticino Network in Switzerland. God bless us all!

 

You can stay informed about all the news of Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association by following the dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cultureticinoandphilippines/

2020: SPAZIO GENERAZIONI

the project Spazio generazioni, characterized by English lessons for beginners alternating with the course “Let’s prepare your professional future together“, is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus situation. When everything will return to normal, we will inform you about the next dates of the lessons.

Spazio Generazioni was established in 2018 by the Culture Ticino Network Association with the idea of building up a place for socialization and learning for young people who finished the compulsory schools, with the aim to support them in activities, which can bring them an added value to their formative future. Furthermore, the courses are addressed to local adults or people who just moved to Ticino and would like to improve their knowledge and skills in a socialization environment. For the newcomers this project would be a great opportunity for integration in the community.

This year THE English lessons for beginners alternating with the “Let’s prepare your professional future” course were scheduled on Tuesday from 17:30 to 19:00 at the Day Centre “GenerazionePiù” in Lugano.

Contact us at +41 91 922 95 18 or email info@culture-ti.net to register when classes resume or for more information. We are waiting for you!

 

Click [HERE] to download the Spazio Generazioni flyer

LABORATORY OF IDEAS: HUMAN RIGHTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The health of the biosphere and the integrity of the Earth system have a direct impact on the safeguard of human rights. Climate change directly affects the lives of the poorest, weakest, most vulnerable and in particular the youngest population.

To solve this problem it is therefore necessary to act on all fronts and then make changes at all levels, starting also from our daily life and making young people aware of the theme of climate change with a targeted information.

 

To download the event program, [CLICK HERE]

We wait for you at this very important initiative!

GALA DINNER OF SOLIDARITY

We invite you to participate and register by calling +41 91 922 95 18 or by sending an email to info@culture-ti.net!

Don’t miss this extraordinary appointment!

[CLICK HERE] to download the flyer of the event

We also remind you that the funds raised will go to support projects of the Culture Ticino Network Association of Lugano in Ticino and to help the poorest and most needy children and families in the Philippines.

ROUND TABLE AND SOLIDARITY DINNER

During the evening our president Margherita Maffeis will also present the projects that our Culture Ticino Network Association supports in Ticino and in the Philippines.

At the end of the evening, will follow a solidarity dinner with Filipino specialties. For registration and more information: tel. 091 922 95 18.

We wait for you!