Peace Day 2010

3 09 2010

Dear Friends,

The UN-declared International Day of Peace and Nonviolence is at hand. We will be celebrating it on 21 September.  It is a good day to educate and raise the awareness of young people on peace and armed conflict in the country. At the same time, the date marks the commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law and it is befitting to link the peace and nonviolence movement in the country with our historical sense of an authoritarian rule.

In line with this, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) with its partnership with UNDP-OPAPP-Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Programme, would like to invite you to take part in the Peace Day 2010 Celebration.  By the way, GenPeace is a national youth network that promotes peace, encourages young people to be peace advocates and supports the peace process tracks of the Bangsamoro and Communist struggles. GenPeace convenes the preparatory committee for this year’s celebration along with a host of civil society organizations, schools, youth clubs, religious groups and the local government of Quezon City.

Last year, we celebrated the Peace Day by installing a permanent Peace Wall collective art in QC Circle, a national effort of the youth to present their peace messages in a creative way. We sang “Mabuting Pilipino” of Noel Cabangon, long before it became a hit in the PNoy Inaguration. We remembered Martial Law, the armed conflicts, and celebrated the Eid’l Fitr with our fellow Muslims last year.  In 2009, we also created a short documentary film on the youth success stories for peace, it was a fruitful and meaningful 2009 celebration indeed!

For this year, we will have a celebration with the theme “Sustaining the Youth’s Engagement, Bridging the Peacebuilding Gaps,” recognizing the different gaps (i.e. between youth and elder advocates, between apathetic and socially-active youth, etc.). We invite you  and your organization to partake in the celebration on 21 September at the Peace Bell of the Quezon City Memorial Circle from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  We will have solidarity messages, exhibit booths, poetry reading, cultural presentations and musical renditions for peace. While snacks will be served, we also encourage you to bring some food to share with friends for our potluck “community” lunch.  Please see the attached draft program and visit: http://genpeace.tk/ for Peace Day Celebration details.

We would like a broad and collaborative celebration with our community and we want you to take part as we remember a day of peace with the rest of the world. Kapayapaan sa ating lahat!

Sincerely,

(sgd)

Nikki Al Ben S. Delfin

GenPeace Secretariat

generationpeacenetwork@gmail.com

tel.024266122

mobile 09178660405

Generation Peace Youth Network

Peace Day 2010: Sustaining the Youth’s Engagement, Bridging the Peacebuilding Gaps

Quezon City Memorial Circle 9:00AM – 1:00PM, 21 September 2010


PROGRAM

  1. Interfaith Prayers for Peace                                                                9:00-9:10

–          FEU (Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, etc. prayers)

–          Peacemakers’ Circle

  1. National Anthem                                                                                              9:10-9:20

–          Quezon City Orchestra

  1. Overview of Peace Day                                                                                     9:20-9:25

–          Debbie Cabanag, GenPeace National Coordinator

  1. Opening Remarks

–          Hon. Joy Belmonte, Vice Mayor of Quezon City                                   9:25-9:40

–          USEC Luisito Montalbo, OPAPP                                                 9:40-9:55

–          Risa Hontiveros, GenPeace Elder                                                            9:55-10:05

–          Chito Gascon, GenPeace Elder*                                                   10:05-10:15

  1. Solidarity Messages

–          Bakwits from Mindanao                                                                10:15-10:17

–          YMPN/Group Aid                                                                            10:17-10:19

–          AMRSP – JPICC                                                                               10:19-10:21

  1. Performances Set 1:

–          Quezon City Performing Arts*                                                     10:21-10:40

–          Poetry Reading from selected entries in “Pieces of Peace”     10:40-10:50

–          PWU High School                                                                           10:50-10:55

  1. Solidarity Messages

–          Peace Educators Network                                                              10:55-10:57

–          Representative from Local Government of Bukidnon

(Ernie Edralin)                                                                                 10:57-11:00

  1. Performances Set 2:

–     Samba Club Miriam High School                                                            11:00-11:15

–     Stella Maris Choir                                                                           11:15-11:25

–     SIKAP/INSA                                                                                     11:25-11:30

  1. Solidarity Messages

–          MSN/Balay                                                                                       11:30-11:32

–          Renauld Meyer, UNDP Country Representative           *                      11:32-11:35

–          Akiko Abe, UNV Director*

  1. Tribute to Peace Advocates                                                                 11:38-11:50

–          (i.e. tribute to Mommy Jean, Bishop Claver, Ka Oca, etc.)

–          Short tribute message from friends

–          Song: “Walang Hanggang Paalam” by Joey Ayala performed by the Quezon City Orchestra

–          Songs from the Quezon City Orchestra

  1. Performances Set 3:

–          Music from Crazy As Pinoy and Noel Cabangon*                     11:50-12:10

  1. Closing Ritual: Forming the Peace Sign                                           12:10-12:30
  1. POTLUCK COMMUNITY LUNCH**

* To be confirmed

** Bring some food to share with your friends/organization  for our potluck ‘community’ lunch.

***Free ice cream scoops and peace stamps will be available at the venue.

**** Exhibit  booths from different advocacies: Installed all throughout the venue during the Peace Day celebration.

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