IT’S all systems go for the opening of the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration tomorrow, December 1, in this southern port city.
Fr. Angel Calvo, president of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), said the Week of Peace celebration will kick-off with a grand parade at 6:30 a.m. from the Jardin Maria Clara at the Pasonanca Park to the Scout Limbaga Campsite, where a program will follow.
Calvo said this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration pursuant to a presidential proclamation issued sometime in 1997 by then President Joseph Estrada “to celebrate the common aspirations of Mindanaoans to live in peace, unity and harmony with each other regardless of status in life, religion or culture.”
He said the activities lined up for the week-long event include “Festival de Cine Paz Mindanao Screening” of 10 film entries at KCC Mall de Zamboanga from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 1 to 2; PAZ na maga Barangay y maga Eskwela (Peace Festival); Historical and Solidarity Journey, and Open House Solidarity Journey on December 2; Peace Weavers Awards Night on Dec. 3 at Palacio del Sur; Mindanao Peace Weavers Assembly on December 4; and, Peace Festival: Indigenous People’s Cultural Night on December 6.
This year’s Mindanao Week of Peace celebration is anchored on the theme: “Sustaining the Journey for Peace.” (SunStar Philippines)