Zambo Int’l Peace Walk kicks off today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:49

Youth organizations and multi-sectoral groups in Zamboanga City will walk hand in hand today, Aug. 11, with the Korean-based International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) in an event intended to send the loudest message of peace and compassion to the world.

Dubbed as International Peace Walk, the activity is a joint undertaking of the IPYG under the organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace”, City Government through the City Interfaith Council and the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU)- Peace and Human Security Institute.

Main objective of the international event is to demonstrate the city’s desire for peace to reign not only in Zamboanga, in Mindanao, the Philippines but global-wide.

The participants are expected to converge at 2pm at the City Hall grounds where the 612 meter walk will kick off all the way to Paseo del Mar where a program highlighted by the signing of a peace pact will take place at the open stage.

Mayor Beng Climaco will spearhead the signing ceremony along with leaders of different faiths in the city, governors and or political leaders from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi (BASULTA) and the Korean-based Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration of Light Chairman Man Hee Lee.

The International Peace Walk marks the start of a month-long activity leading up to the September 9 siege commemoration. Other activities lined up include healing and confidence building activities, medical outreach missions and numerous others—all intended to heal the wounds of the past and for all people to work in unison in building back a better Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias