Catch ‘Dear Peace’ Exhibit at Robinson's Galleria on Oct 11-13

OCT 10TH 2007

Snapshots and vibrant colors that depict peace. Messages and rhymes that speak of youthful hopes and dreams. Video images and voices that show the strain of cultural differences. These are but a few of the rich expressions of peace-building created by 29 Muslim and Christian youth from one public high school in Quiapo, Manila, which claims to have reached 40% Muslim student population.

The student paintings, photographs and excerpts from poems and essays will be the highlight of Dear Peace, a mobile exhibit of Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) on October 11-13, 2007 at the Ground Floor of Robinson’s Galleria Mall, near the San Miguel Avenue entrance. It also features the documentary “Dear Peace”, a moving portrayal of the changed lives of these young people who found common ground in their desire for peace.

“Dear Peace” is one output of a peace camp entitled “Impressions of Conflict, Expressions of Peace” held last May 2006 in Antipolo. The participants were almost equally divided between Muslim and Christian high school students of Ramon Avanceña High School in Quiapo. During the 5-day camp, the participants were taught media skills to empower them to work for peace through creative expression.

The traveling exhibit will be transported to malls, religious centers and academic institutions all over the country until 2008. CFA’s partners for the project include the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Young Moro Professionals’ Network and Center for Moderate Muslims. The project is made possible through a grant from EED, Germany.