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May 2015 Leading Persons in ASEAN: The Philippines

Leading Persons in ASEAN: The Philippines


Augusto N. Miclat


• Executive Director, Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)

• Regional Initiator, Southeast Asia of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC-SEA)

• Co-Convenor, World Forum for the Democratization in Asia (WFDA)

Augusto Miclat is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), an advocacy and solidarity organization based in the Philippines with campaigns and programs in East Timor, Mindanao and Burma.


Other Roles

  • Anti-dictatorship front against Marcos from the late 1970s up to the late 1980s in Mindanao.
  • People's diplomacy or international solidarity work since 1985, working on democratization, social justice, peace building and conflict prevention in the national, regional and global arenas.
  • Free Burma Coalition- Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition, the Mindanao Peaceweavers, International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect the Solidarity for Asian Peoples' Advocacies.
  • Co- founder and a steering Committee member of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN).


About IID

Established in 1988, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.

• IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.

• It established the Asia-Pacific Coalition for East Timor (APCET) in 1994 that spearheaded a regional people’s solidarity movement for the then occupied nation.

• Together with other peace networks, IID led the establishment of the Mindanao Peace weavers (MPW), the broadest peace network for Mindanao in the country and currently serves as its secretariat.

• In 2000, it established the Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) – a platform and network of grassroots organizations, communities and NGOs affected and engaged in the conflict in Mindanao.


Ronald Ventura (1973)


  • Born in 1973 in Manila, the Philippines, Ventura ranks as one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation in Southeast Asia.
  • His work features a complex layering of images and styles, ranging from hyperrealism to cartoons and graffiti. Ventura takes the layering process in his work as a metaphor for the multifaceted national identity of the Philippines.  His inspiration is often based on primitive religious rites, pop culture and European Old Master paintings.



  • 2008 - 9th OITA Asian Sculpture Exhibition Open Competition, Award of Excellence, Japan
  • 2007 - Guest Residence Artists, Artesan Gallery +  Studio, Singapore
  • 2005 - Ateneo Art Awards, Ateneo Art Gallery, Studio Residency Grant, Sydney Australia
  • 2003 - 13 Artist Award, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • 2001 - Art Manila, Artist of the Year


Ronald Ventura

  • Visually complex and robust in form, Ventura ‘recycles’ stories and imagery from popular culture and folklore and makes expansive, multi layered works with print, paper and discarded urban materials.
  • “To try new things, to figure out new ways, to do art in a manner that has never crossed my mind, and to end up with something surprisingly fresh and undeniably new in this artistic wonderland.” Ronald Ventura


Source: http://www.iidnet.org/





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