Regine Guevara | Contributed Photo
As a proud Filipina who nurtures a deep love for cultural diplomacy, I found great honor and pleasure in interviewing renowned peace activist Regine Guevara about her journey and advocacies. Despite her achievements at such a young age, she remains humbly rooted with both feet firmly planted on the ground. I was simply elated to talk to Regine about her humble beginnings and epic journey throughout the world.
PDM: Out of everything you have achieved – working with ASEAN and the United Nations, traveling across the globe – what do you think is your greatest achievement so far?
Regine Guevara: Having lived in different communities and at least 10 major cities over the past 19 years, I am most grateful for the friends and families I have met along the way who shared their values, languages, religions, food, arts, etc. I would love to continue bringing people together wherever I go.
What makes you proud as a Filipino?
There is no one Filipino. Our strength is in our diversity. I learned this from my other side of the family, with Chinese and Spanish ancestries. There is so much to learn from each other, which makes us human and pushes us to be even more human.
Is there a particular moment that stands out for you that is tied to your Filipino identity?
We Filipinos love our family. My grandparents were from farming villages in Bicol, who worked their way up as industrialists and cultural beacons, founding the well-known Radiowealth and GUEVENT, and the Guevara Foundation and Ikebana Foundation of the Philippines.
They were into agriculture in the province of Bicol. They took big risks together. Lolo became an industrialist with his famous Radiowealth company that brought Filipino technology ahead of Japan before the Marcos regime. But our family kept the farm life somehow, which grew into a love for food cultures. My Lola was always a gardener and founded Ikebana flower art in the Philippines. As the third generation, each of us took a piece of nature with us in our homes – from my own backyard garden to setting up gardens in our different offices to working for farm tourism in the country; this truly Filipino family heritage inspires Farmacy Haven. The Philippines is an agricultural country, and we have so much to offer our people and the world, especially when we realize the importance of public and environmental health.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
It’s been a year since my father passed away unexpectedly. Being a global citizen, I had to settle back in the Philippines and take over some family businesses despite coming from a different field. I took this as a challenge to give more to my immediate community, expand what I already know and find comfort in his love for God, country, and entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit.
What inspires you?
I believe in Divine Order and putting oneself in the highest intention, which results in the highest good.
What are the causes you are most passionate about? Tell us more about it.
I call myself a peace activist. Having come from a multicultural background and studied mediation, I’ve made it a point to contribute to local peacebuilding and cultural diplomacy for our home country and ASEAN region. I also work on sustainable development projects, especially related to food security and urban mobility, while focusing on women and youth, who hold the key to holistic peacebuilding.
What are some of the projects and events you have been involved in lately?
Our online channel @AsiaTv just had a soft launch, where people can tune in via YouTube or Facebook for innovative best practices from the region during this pandemic.
Farmacy Haven: To survive the pandemic, a shift towards more green and natural consciousness has been witnessed worldwide. In the Philippines, Farmacy Haven brings together community farms with organic, wild, and cultivated herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, edible flowers, and other ornamental plants in Amadeo, Cavite.
And finally, what is your message to Filipinos (and non-Filipinos) around the world?
“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.” – Rumi
Read more about Regine (firstname.lastname@example.org): https://lifestyleasia.onemega.com/how-peace-activist-regine-guevara-found-a-meaningful-existence/
Want to learn more about the Philippines? Check out www.suyomano.com. Suyomano is a Filipino virtual platform focused on cultural learning experiences ranging from local languages, ancient scriptwriting, indigenous tribal cultures and medicine, Philippine mythology, traditional martial arts, and beyond. We believe that bringing forth the best of Filipino cultural heritage will spark a global movement that will connect people around the world through cultural understanding.
Mary Lou Cunanan is a regular Lifestyle columnist of the Philippine Daily Mirror. She is a writer, world traveler, and a Filipina who is very proud of her identity, whose life mission is always searching for covering stories of amazing Filipinos, events, organizations, and businesses globally to celebrate and champion what makes Filipinos amazing wherever they may be.