International Day of Peace at Abreeza-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
IN LIGHT of ongoing political tensions that have devastated communities not just in the Philippines, but in nations as far away as Syria, it is now more important than ever for each citizen of the world to pause and reflect on the senselessness of the widespread culture of violence, and instead, advocate for peace that heals and builds.
In celebration of the United Nations' International Day of Peace on September 21, the Davao Peace Fair 2013 was held at the Abreeza Mall Activity Center on the same day.
Following the theme "Education for Peace," the event brought together 21 organizations representing different sectors, from socio-civic groups to government offices to the armed forces, to spark awareness of the peace cause.
The Davao Peace Fair kicked off at 10 a.m. with welcome remarks by Dr. Ma. Theresa Ungson of the National Nutrition Council. The affair’s keynote speaker, distinguished former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, delivered an insightful speech condemning violence and promoting harmony and peace.
Pledging on "Pause Muna, Peace Muna," a national movement that aims to decrease violence by encouraging people to redirect their energy to positive thoughts and actions, featured a choreographed dance to the campaign's jingle.
Participants also witnessed a cultural presentation by the Apako Indigenous Group and joined in a symbolic exchange of balloons.
The Davao Peace Fair continued with a day-long exhibit and interactive activities attracting both event supporters and mall-goers. At 7:30 p.m., the celebration came to a close with a harmony prayer, feedback messages and reflections, and closing remarks by Lt. General Rainier Cruz III, Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom).
The Davao Peace Fair 2013 at Abreeza Mall was made possible through the joint efforts of convenors Brahma Kumaris Foundation, Silsilah Forum Davao, EastMinCom, and National Nutrition Council.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 04, 2013.