Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Initiatives for International Dialogue in its celebration of the 25th Silver Jubilee and the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center, in cooperation with the Free Burma Coalition -Philippines, the UP Kaisa, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF), are pleased to invite you to a Forum on “Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: Issues & Challenges - a conversation with a Kachin woman peace advocate leader ” on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.at the Seminar Room, GT Toyota Cultural Center, Maysaysay St. corner Katipunan Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
The forum is organized to give honor to Daw Seng Raw Lahpai, who is set to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award on August 31, in Manila. She is being recognized for “her quietly inspiring and inclusive leadership—in the midst of deep ethnic divides and prolonged armed conflict—to regenerate and empower damaged communities and to strengthen local NGOs in promoting a non-violent culture of participation and dialogue as the foundation for Myanmar’s peaceful future. Daw Seng Raw, former Executive Director of METTA Foundation in Myannmar, has also been one of the partners of IID in working towards building a lasting peace in Myanmar.
Please come and join us in this meaningful solidarity gathering of academics, government officials, civil society groups, media friends and students. 
For inquiries and confirmation, you may reach us at IID (Attention: Ms. Lyn Pangilinan), telephone nos.: 9110205/ 4352900; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or UP Asian Center (Attention Ms. Ivy Ganadillo), tel no. 9818500 local 3577; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..