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Bro. Carlito M. Gaspar, CSsR
Bro. Carlito M. Gaspar, CSsR

(popularly known as Karl) is a Redemptorist Brother currently residing in Davao City. He is professor of the St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI), based in Davao City. He finished A.B. Sociology at Ateneo de Davao University, M.S. Economics at the Asian Social Institute and a PhD in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines. He was awarded a PhD in Humanities by the Xavier University. Some of his published books include: How Long? Prison Reflections, Manobo Dreams in Arakan, The Lumad in the Face of Globalization, Mapagpakamalinawon: A Reader for the Mindanawon Peace Advocate, Panagkutay: Anthropology Interfacing Theology in the Mindanao Uplands and Ordinary Lives Lived Extraordinarily. He has been a professor/resource person at Ateneo de Davao University, St. Mary’s Theologate and Seminario Mayor de San Carlos.

Dr. Michael Demetrius H. Asis, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Demetrius H. Asis, Ph.D.

is professor and former theology department chair of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a regular TV and radio commentator on Church affairs for CNN Philippines, ANC, DZMM, TV5 radio and GMA7. Dr. Asis also lectures nationwide on marital spirituality, liturgical theology, religious education, and contemporary Church issues. His books, Reimagining the Sacred: A Fresh Approach to Prayer, Liturgy and the Sacraments (2012) and The Filipino Church at the Crossroads (2016) both published by Claretian Publications, were finalists at the CARDINAL SIN CATHOLIC BOOK AWARDS. His new book, The Shape of the Filipino Church to Come: Radical Vision of Renewal in Filipino Sacramental Worship, provides a critical look at how worship is understood and practiced in the Philippines today.

Rev. Fr. Jose Jonathan A. Bitoy, CMF
Rev. Fr. Jose Jonathan A. Bitoy, CMF

is a much in-demand retreat master, seminar resource person, counselor, and a team-building and strategic-planning facilitator. He has a Licentiate in Church History (Summa Cum Laude) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and is currently finishing his dissertation at the Development Academy of the Philippines for his doctorate in Educational Leadership. He was Assistant Director at Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. (2012-2015) and the former dean of Saint Anthony Mary Claret College (2016-2019). Fr. Jonathan is the author of the book, heart to Heart: A Collection of Traditional and New Prayer Conversations with God (2019), published by Claretian Publications. At present, he is the Assistant Parish Priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Quezon City.

Rev. Fr. Alejandro O. Gobrin, CMF
Rev. Fr. Alejandro O. Gobrin, CMF

is a Claretian Missionary and has been into biblical studies and ministries for almost 30 years. He took his Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of Sto. Tomas, Manila; Theological Studies – Seminary Program at Loyola School of Theology, Quezon City; Licentiate in Theology – Biblical Section at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), Rome. He is now pursuing his doctoral degree at the same university. He teaches biblical studies at Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA), Quezon City, and at Inter-congregational Theological Center (ICTC-OLAS Graduate Department), Quezon City. Currently, he is a Board Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) and Consultor to the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA-CBCP). He is a member of the Biblical Animation Team for East Asia of the Claretian Missionaries and a collaborator to Catholic Biblical Federation South East Asia (CBF-SEA). He contributes to FilCatholic (Claretian Publications) and Religious Life in Asia Journal (ICLA). He has recently engaged in cyber-evangelization. He is the creator and commentator of Wordlinks (Radio Veritas Asia; @wordlinks.claret); co-host and commentator of Tatak Claretiano Programs (@TatakClaretiano): Salitahanan and The VOV.

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Rev. Fr. Raymond Montero-Ambray
Rev. Fr. Raymond Montero-Ambray

is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Tandag and a graduate of MA Anthropology at the Ateneo de Davao University. His MA thesis delved into the practice of Critical Pedagogy in a Lumad school, Alternative Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV), in the context of a New Social Movement of MAPASU (Malahutayong Pakigbisog alang sa Sumusunod), a Lumad organization. He is a member of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and a founding member of Caraga Watch, an environmental watchdog. He continues with his lumad apostolate while awaiting his new assignment in the Diocese of Tandag. He previously served as parochial vicar of the Holy Child Parish in Lingig, Surigao del Sur.

Ms. Tinnah Dela Rosa
Ms. Tinnah Dela Rosa

earned a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Masters of Theology in Liturgy and Music from the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music where she studied liturgical composition under the guidance of the late Philippine National Artist for Music - Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Ateneo de Manila University. She is a Lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University to college students and the Formation Institute for Religion Educators (FIRE) to graduate students. She is PraySing Ministry's Founder and Artistic Director where she shares her music for free. She is a lay formator of seminarians for the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) and an active member of the Christian Life Community of the Philippines where she also serves as a formator. She composes liturgical music, builds capacities among those in youth, retreat, liturgical music, and church leadership ministry, and facilitates retreats and recollections for the young and the young at heart in schools and churches. Her songbook published by Claretian Publications and album "Gaudium Mass" was one of the five finalists in the 35th Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2013. Before the pandemic, she sang actively with four-time Ani ng Dangal awardee choir, Novo Concertante Manila.

Mr. Leo-Martin Angelo R. Ocampo
Mr. Leo-Martin Angelo R. Ocampo

is a professed Lay Dominican of the Sanctus Dominicus Lay Dominican Fraternity based in the University of Santo Tomás. He completed his Master of Arts degree, Major in Theological Studies in Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, in 2015. He graduated from the same university in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Major in Philosophy, (Pre-Divinity Track) while undergoing formation in San José Major Seminary. Previously, he had taught Christian Life Education at Xavier School in San Juan and worked in Mindanao with youth volunteers, indigenous peoples and municipal leaders under Assisi Development Foundation. At present, he is a Faculty Member of the Institute of Religion and Academic Collaborations Officer of the Ecclesiastical Faculties at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomás where he is also taking up doctoral studies, major in Theology. He is also the author of Via Lucis (Way of Light): Reflections and Prayers published by Claretian Publications.

Rev. Fr. Anthony Q. Carreon, CMF
Rev. Fr. Anthony Q. Carreon, CMF

PhD (cand.) Graduated in 1997 with a degree in Philosophy at St. Anthony Mary Claret College, Quezon City. In 2004 and 2007 respectively, he completed his studies in Theology and obtained his master's degree in Theological Studies specialized in Sacred Scriptures at the Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City . He was ordained a priest on December 2, 2005. He is an associate member of CBAP (Catholic Bible Association of the Philippines). Currently, he serves as House-Parish Administrator and Parochial Vicar of San Antonio Maria Claret Parish in the Diocese of Novaliches, while he writes his dissertation in Doctor of Philosophy in Theology specializing in Consecrated Life course at the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia, Quezon City.