Dear Peace Exhibit Opens University “Tertulia”

May 6th 2008

C FA’s “Dear Peace” traveling exhibit kicked off “Tertulia sa Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila” at the Justo Albert Auditorium of the university of the city of Manila in Intramuros. Ms Gemma Cruz-Araneta of the Museo ng Maynila and Dr Adel Tamano, President of Pamantasan, cut the ribbon to officially open the exhibit in the afternoon of April 14, 2008.

The “Dear Peace” exhibit showcases the creative output as well as peace aspirations of young Christian and Muslim students who participated in the Peace Camp conducted by the Communication Foundation for Asia last May 2006 in Taytay, Rizal. It was upon Museo ng Maynila’s invitation that CFA agreed to mount the Dear Peace exhibit for the event. Tertulia is originally a Spanish word for social gatherings that serve as informal platforms for literary and artistic interaction or for sharing expertise and knowledge.

Another highlight of the Tertulia was the showing of the video documentary also titled “Dear Peace”. The 31-minute video details the Peace Camp process over a period of one year and how it has had a positive impact not just on the participants, but also on the teachers, parents and project partners.

The program also included a lecture on the local Muslim heritage, its significant contributions to Philippine culture and the role of communication in peace-building. In his opening remarks, PLM President Dr. Adel Tamano, stressed that “peace is not merely the absence of war, but is also the true sense of brotherhood.” The main speakers were CFA Executive Director Ms. Teresita Hermano; Dr. Isiri Abubakar of the University of the Philippines and Princess Bae Bayolan Tamano Marohombsar, who is the consultant on Muslim Affairs to the Mayor of Manila.

After the Tertulia, the Dear Peace Traveling Exhibit was moved to the Museo ng Maynila, where it is on display until 21 May.


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