Folks urged to push peace harder as parade caps Week of Peace celebration PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 December 2015 13:41

“We journey on, marching to the beating of the drums of peace,” Fr. Angel Calvo, CMF told a cheering crowd at Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City last Wednesday night.

At least 5,000 people joined the torch parade Wednesday night to wrap up an eventful celebration of the Week of Peace on November 26-December 2 in the city. The parade started from Normal Road and ended at the Paseo, where a short program and a musical concert followed. The torch parade is traditional to the 18-year old celebration that was started in 1998 by the city’s Christian and Muslim religious leaders to foster multi-cultural relations among its diverse ethnic populations.

This year’s theme is “People’s Solidarity for Integrity, Justice and Peace”, prepared by the celebration sponsor Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP).

Reading from a prepared ISP statement for the closing ceremony, Fr. Calvo said: “We end our meaningful celebration of the Week of Peace 2015 with the traditional torch parade to signify our advance from the big and small achievements of our community’s peace-building and peace-making towards the exciting challenges and opportunities we together face in the new year.”

He urged people to face the challenges united in purpose and vision.  These challenges, he said, are found in the coming elections, environmental threats, and the Mindanao peace process. He said:

“The elections in May will be our opportunity to renew and strengthen good governance under a political leadership of integrity, who will orchestrate our collective efforts to achieve social justice, human security and communal harmony and peace.  As stakeholders we shall climb new heights, turn new corners in the Mindanao peace process as the agreements between our government and rebel fronts are tested by fast-approaching milestones. As one human family inhabiting one global village called Earth, we shall have to undertake many projects for climate adaptation, disaster management and ecological enhancement for the survival – yes, survival - of our present and future generations.”

On behalf of himself and the ISP, he also extended his The elections in May will be our opportunity to renew and strengthen good governance under a political leadership of integrity, who will orchestrate our collective efforts to achieve social justice, human security and communal harmony and peace.  As stakeholders we shall climb new heights, turn new corners in the Mindanao peace process as the agreements between our government and rebel fronts are tested by fast-approaching milestones. As one human family inhabiting one global village called Earth, we shall have to undertake many projects for climate adaptation, disaster management and ecological enhancement for the survival – yes, survival - of our present and future generations.

Commendation and thanks to the thousands who participated in the Week’s opening parade and ceremony and other daily activities of the celebration. He particularly highlighted and praised the huge participation and support of the youth volunteers.  (ZABIDA)