Davao, Philippines- A place best known for its eateries and warm weather amid beautiful scenery, Davao City in the Philippines has a rich cultural heritage of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds blended harmoniously. The only city museum that exists in Davao City, Museo Dabawenyo, also known as “People’s Museum,” has advanced the local community through a range of initiatives. An event holding great significance was held at Museo Dabawenyo and drew public attention.
On January 26, Mr. Orly L. Escarrilla, Director of Davao Museum, and staffs designated the second floor, “Peace Hall” to exhibit pictures of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) peace activities in Mindanao. Director Escarilla proudly presented the certificate to permanently exhibit the peace work of HWPL at the peace hall. The place will serve to provide community members a platform to learn about the peace work achieved by HWPL in Mindanao.
At the event, Rodrigo R. Duterte, Mayor of Davao City, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, and Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) were invited and warmly greeted by the presence of community members and students in Davao City. A bronze-signboard inscribed with the signatures of Mayor Duterte and Chairman Lee were hung up at the entrance of Museo Dabawenyo, symbolizing the agreement between Davao City and HWPL in collaborating to bring sustainable peace.
Davao City Public Library provided an exclusive shelf for HWPL to continuously supply monthly newsletters, brochures, DVDs and other educational materials for any visitors to easily gain access to HWPL peace works. As a HWPL Publicity Ambassador, Ms. Pedrita M. Badar, director of Davao City Public Library, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Davao City Public Library and HWPL to arrange permanent exhibition of HWPL peace movements.
Since all citizens and tourists in the Philippines are able to visit both Davao City Public Library and Museo Dabawenyo, these places represent equal opportunities to provide peace education.
A heart for peace in Davao City blossomed through Chairman Lee. “Peace is something that blossoms from the hearts of each individual and can be achieved through the changes of perception through proper education. Let us all become messengers of peace to achieve peace”, said Chairman Lee. “Let us gather our hearts and speak in one voice for the cessation of wars and achievement of world peace. We’ll surely usher in an era of peace sooner,” said Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim, giving a glimpse of their future action plan.
Highly revered among citizens, Mayor Duterte welcomed the visits from HWPL Peace Delegates and was applauded for designating the Davao City Public Library and Museum as places for HWPL peace education. “I realized each of our community members needs to take actions in order to be strong proponents of peace. I hope news of this ceremony spreads beyond the Mindanao region and sets an example for the rest of the world to follow,” said the Mayor.
On January 25, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) became the first educational institute in the Philippines to provide peace education, passing the resolution to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CCSPC and HWPL. Designation ceremony of HWPL Peace Academy was held to celebrate the occasion. Prior to designating CCSPC, many institutions in Israel, Kosovo, and India were already designated as HWPL Peace Academies to incorporate HWPL’s peace initiatives into their curriculum and instill the significance of peace education in students.
On their journey to put an end to all wars and achieve world peace, HWPL Chairman Lee, IWPG Chairwoman Kim and the HWPL Peace Delegates will be participating at the inauguration of the IBP Peace Committee in Manila, Philippines.