“Dear Peace” in Pampanga

July 28th 2008

T he video challenged me to believe that peace is possible. If we don’t believe that we can have peace then we can’t work on to achieving it.”

“For peace I will accept people for who they are. Yes, there are differences but there are also similarities that we can all work on so we can understand one another.”

These were the reactions shared by some of the 187 high school students of the Holy Family Academy in Cutcut, Angeles City, Pampanga, who participated in the “Dear Peace” video forum organized by CFA on July 9, 2008.

Next stop on the three-day “Dear Peace” tour of the province of Pampanga was Chevalier School, where CFA conducted a whole day exhibit and video showing for about a thousand high school students. The audience appreciated the documentary and asked if they could also participate in a similar camp. On the third day of the tour, the CFA team presented the video to 200 trainees of the Philippine National Police Regional Training School in Magalang, Pampanga. During the forum, a Muslim trainee thanked CFA for initiating peace activities among Christians and Muslims. Another trainee admitted that the video challenged her to establish peace within herself and among her classmates. If they were the “peacemakers of the country”, then they should start working on themselves first.

CFA Training Department Head Bob Lopez and staff Melissa Cortez and Ronie Gallardo conducted these forums in the province of Pampanga on July 9-11, 2008 as part of its traveling peace exhibit around the Philippines.“Dear Peace” is the title of the video documentary as well as the exhibit showcasing the experiences of 29 Christian and Muslim students of Ramon Avanceña High School during a unique Peace Camp organized by CFA in May 2006. The exhibit consists of photographs, paintings and journal entries produced by participants during the camp. Altogether, the video, exhibit and forum aim to bring awareness and understanding that peace and unity are possible despite cultural and religious differences.

The “Dear Peace” Traveling Exhibit’s next stops will be in schools in Metro Manila and Northern Luzon.

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