With joy and delight, displaced children of Marawi performs ‘Chicken Dance’ during the solidarity activity organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), in partnership with Duyog Marawi. (Photo by DGernale/PIA)
Dubbed as "Puso at Kapayapaan, Magbigayan at Magmahalan," a solidarity activity for the displaced residents of Marawi City was organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), in partnership with Duyog Marawi.
With the aim to spread love, hope and peace in this yuletide season, the activity was held in evacuation centers and homebased communities in Buruun School of Fisheries, in barangays Sta. Elena, Kiwalan and Upper Hinaplanon in Iligan City.
Speaking to the evacuees housed at Ma. Cristina and at Buruun School of Fisheries, Undersecretary Diosita Andot of OPAPP said that the activity was a tangible manifestation of the unity between Christians and Muslims.
“Huwag tayong mawalan ng pag asa. Magkaisa tayo, magtulungan at panatilihin natin ang kapayapaan kahit na nasa evacuation camps kayo ngayon,” said Andot.
[We should not lose hope. Let us all be united; help one another and preserve the peace even if you are in evacuation camps.]
Meanwhile, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold Clavite encouraged them to enjoy the activity and reminded the parents to guide their children.
"Okay lang matakot, basta sigurado tayo na sa ating puso ay mayroon tayong bukas," said Clavite.
[It is okay to be scared, as long as we are sure that in our hearts, there is tomorrow.]
Minda Acod of Ma. Cristina evacuation center conveyed her gratitude as the activity made the children and parents like her to be happy.
“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil nakita kong masayang-masaya ang mga bata pati kaming mga parents. Kahit papaano nawala sa isipan namin iyong mga nangyari sa Marawi," said Acod.
[I am very grateful that I have seen the children and the parents happy. Somehow, we were able to forget what happened in Marawi.]
Songs of peace, love and hope reverberated during the event as Christmas carols were sung for the displaced residents. With joy and delight, the children also performed ‘Baby Shark’ and ‘Chicken Dance’.
Symbolizing the season of giving, knapsacks containing school supplies, lunch kits and candies were distributed to the children.