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Peace groups celebrate peace day, calls for ceasefire

Quezon City, 21 September 2011 — Thousands from different civil society groups celebrated peace day nationwide on September 21, the UN-declared International Day of Peace, Nonviolence and Ceasefire.

The youth network, Generation Peace (GenPeace) spearheaded celebrations in 7 key areas nationwide, in Cebu, Nueva Vizcaya, Iloilo, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte,  Agusan del Sur and Quezon City. Eight indigenous peoples groups also conducted peace rituals in their communities ranging from Sierra Madre in Luzon to Mt. Apo in Mindanao.

Debbie Cabanag, who participated in the celebrations for the past three years, said “Peace Day is remembered globally but what sets the Philippine celebration apart is that the date coincides with the commemoration of the Declaration of Martial Law. This is also why our national theme for this year is ‘Kapayapaan, ating karapatan’ (Peace is our right). We are highlighting our collective right to peace.”

In a message read throughout the celebrations nationwide, President Noynoy Aquino stated that, “The government pledges solidarity to this cause, in accordance with the conviction that the Filipino people’s progress is founded on an environment of peace and stability.”

Mohagher Iqbal, head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel also declared in a message that the MILF will make “manifest our continuing commitment to the peaceful settlement of the Moro Question and the armed conflict in Mindanao.” He further stated that peace is “the best gift we can pass on to the generations after us.”

“This year is the biggest celebration ever because the different peace groups converged to have a common call for a day of ceasefire and support for the peace talks by simultaneously launching the One Million Voices for Peace Campaign nationwide.” Karen Tanada, co-convener of the Kilos para sa Kapayapaan and Katarungan mentioned.

Last Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines declared a suspension of military operations for the celebration of the peace day.

The Quezon City celebration is done annually at the Quezon Memorial Circle. This year the event featured sports events, fun run, amazing race challenges and an obstacle relay race. Messages of peace from youth, women, indigenous peoples, government, military, faith and nongovernment groups were delivered.


Full transcript of the President Aquino message and the Chair Mohagher Iqbal (MILF) message can be found here.


For additional information or a sample copy, contact:
Nikki Delfin, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)



Calendar of Activities: Peace Month


Doing something for Peace Day? Submit your initiatives by contacting us.

NOTE: The schedules of initiatives here may change without prior notice. It is advisable to contact the local area coordinators beforehand.

GenPeace is part of the larger network called the Waging Peace Philippines and the broader coming together of the Philippine peace movement known as the “Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan” (KILOS).

GenPeace Documentary: A Story of Peace

Peace is still elusive for the Philippines. The country is still wrought by a forgotten
war spanning approximately four decades. GenPeace seeks to educate and call to action
the young generation to help put and end to the armed violence by supporting the peace

The International Day of Peace, celebrated every 21st of September, is one opportunity
to raise awareness and support for peace from the youth in the country. This short
documentary showcases some of the local realities and peace initiatives of GenPeace and
its partner- and member-organizations.

Approx. 10 minutes, Filipino with English subtitles
Edited by: King Mark Baco
Produced and Written by: Generation Peace Youth Network

Melbourne Forum showcasing most innovative and successful grassroots initiatives in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Global Dialogue Foundation under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is organizing the Melbourne Forum from 11 to 12 October 2010.

The Forum will showcase some of the most innovative and successful grassroots initiatives aimed at promoting mutual understanding among people and cultures in the Asia-Pacific Region as part of its “Marketplace of Ideas” Project. It will bring together business and political leaders, policy makers, influential civil society leaders, media, heads of religious communities and academics.

The Global Dialogue Foundation is looking for long-term partnerships with creative grassroots projects that drive change by:

1) contributing to mutual understanding among diverse communities and cultures;

2) helping to overcome cultural, religious, and ethnic tensions;

3) building peace

Civil society organizations can submit their projects by writing about them in an essay format and submit them to the Forum organizers. The deadline to submit the applications is 15 September 2010. For more information, visit this link.

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Joint Statement on Mindanao Week of Peace


Theme : “Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao,
Bring Peace to Mindanao”

“Blessed are the Peace Makers, for they shall be called Children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“O you who believe! Enter into Peace (perfectly and completely)…”
Al-Qur’an, 2:208

“You will not enter paradise unless you believe. But you will not be able to believe unless you love one another; Do you want me to tell you a way by which you will be able to love one another? Give (and show) peace towards one another.” –Al-Hadith

In the spirit of fraternal collaboration and solidarity, we greet with respect our fellow Mindanawons as we celebrate once again the Mindanao Week of Peace.

Providentially initiated in 1998 by the Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), the MWP region-wide celebrations, later vigorously promoted by the BUC, have thankfully energized Mindanawons to express in many varied ways our need and aspirations for lasting peace. This variety of ways inspired by our respective faith and culture has repeatedly shown us that peace must begin with each and everyone of us.

Therefore, if peace has to be brought up personally to Mindanao by every Mindanawon, this need and aspiration must influence the individual thoughts and feelings of us all. Since our holy scriptures remind us always that each of us bears the image of the Almighty and Merciful Creator in our souls and spirit, this godly gift must always be in our minds when we think, in our heart when we feel, and in our behavior when entire Mindanao as one and solid community calls for a just and lasting peace.

So in the name of God/Allah we earnestly urge every Mindanawon: “Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao, Bring Peace to Mindanao”.

Assalamu alaikum/ Peace be with us all!


Archbishop of Davao UCCP Bishop Emeritus


Ulama League of the Philippines

Innovative Resource to Teach Young about Diverse Religions

New York, July 6th 2009 – “Knowing and understanding people’s beliefs is critical in building better relations within and among societies and religions. This is why the Alliance of Civilizations has made it a priority to work toward this goal. The Alliance has created an online network, named the Clearinghouse on Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB), which provides users with educational materials and resources on tolerance and civic education,” said UN Alliance of Civilizations High Representative and former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.

Launched this week, the website ( features news, guidelines, learning and teaching materials, links to organizations, and lists of events relevant to learning about diverse religions and beliefs. It also includes an online forum which allows educators and policy-makers to exchange views and resources, learn from each others’ work and advance ideas about successful programs that teach about religions and beliefs.