Saturday, July 27, 2013

AFP inaugurates world's longest peace mural

From the  Philippine News Agency (Jul 27): AFP inaugurates world's longest peace mural
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Saturday formally inaugurated what could be the world’s longest peace mural along EDSA Saturday morning.

The activity kicked off with the "Bayanihan" Peace Mural Tour composed of bikers, runners, and a motorcade parade around the 3.7 kilometer stretch of the walls of Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

This was followed by a ceremonial painting ceremony of the word Kapayapaan by representatives of the different stakeholders for peace along the camp’s wall on White Plains Avenue symbolizing the completion of the mural.

Soon after, the mural was officially inaugurated by the unveiling of a marker where the painting of the walls began last May 26.

Dubbed “Lakbay Para sa Kapayapaan sa EDSA,” the mural project spans 3,770 meters along EDSA, White Plains Avenue, and Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue in Quezon City.

It is a joint project between the AFP, Metro Manila Development Authority, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Asia America Initiative and Dolphins Love Freedom Network.

AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista was joined by Assistant Secretary Jennifer Oreta of OPAPP, AG Sano of DLF, and Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman of AAI, among others.

Speaking on the four decade long insurgency and the increasing clamor for internal peace and security, Bautista said that the solution on the armed conflict lies in the Filipino practice of :Bayanihan".

“This project is about breaking barriers that prevent us from moving forward. I was convinced of this when I saw soldiers painting alongside children of rebels,” AG Sano said during the inauguration.

“We saw art as a good venue to create better understanding and mainstreaming of the promotion of peace. This is a portrait of the Filipino’s aspiration for peace,” Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman added.

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