TOWARDS A NEW DAY: Torch Parade Illumines a Never-ending Quest

Zamboanga City – THOUSANDS of people from all walks life marching in an early evening parade carried torches symbolising hope and change as this year’s Week of Peace ended on December 5. The torch parade, which has become a tradition of the Peace Week celebration since it was initiated on 1997, re-affirmed the paraders desires […]

WMSU Eyes Peace Education Curriculum

Zamboanga City – THE leading higher education State institution in this region is considering the integration of “peace education” in its curriculum. Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, the new president of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), said this is part of her agenda of governance, to promote a “culture of peace” and answer to the call […]

Students Sing, Write, Orate, Declaim for Peace

Zamboanga City – AT THE end of the day, we ask ourselves this question, “Have we done something to contribute to peace?” This was the query thrown to the audience by Margie Antonette Quitoy, a senior high school student of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), that got the nod of the judges to win for […]

Tree Planting Restores and Heals Life-Giving Ties with Nature

RESOLVING the alarming ecological issues today and realizing environmental peace could start with something as simple as planting a tree. The Western Mindanao State University ’s Center for Peace and Development (WMSU CPD) led 500 students in a tree planting activity at Murok, Upper Pasonanca in this city, last December 2. “We are planting the […]

Peace Rocks, Too, in Rocky Basilan

Isabela City, Basilan – MUSIC that resonates peace is what the young people of this restive island are promoting to touch the heart of fellow youngsters towards unity and harmonious cultural co-existence. In the occasion of this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP), youths from different cultural communities – Muslims, Christians, and Samal – showcased […]

Peace Concert: You Ain’t Heavy, You’re My Brother

Zamboanga City – HEAVY rains and strong winds brought on by typhoon “Lando” did not prevent the enthusiasm of top local musicians from performing during the 2nd Musical Peace Festival held in Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Gymnasium last November 27. A quiet, enigmatic power coming from the music played by the performers filled the […]

Timuoys Urge Approval of Their Ancestral Domain Petitions

THE leaders of Subanon communities in the Zamboanga Peninsula have urged the city government of Zamboanga and the Zamboanga Freeport and Economic Zone Authority (Ecozone) to “recognize and respect the ancestral domain claim of the Subanon people in Labuan, Patalon and Limpapa barangays, Zamboanga City, to which they have a definite native title.” The appeal […]

Pagtimuk in Ateneo Awakens Youth to the Way of Non-Violence

“BEING a Muslim, I don’t have difficulty in interacting with other people because I am used to it. I believe that each and every one of us must value equality. We may have different attitudes, different religions, but we have the same Filipino blood running through our veins. We must unite ourselves and attain peace […]


Of the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace, Zamboanga City, at the closing of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2007 celebration. As the Mindanao Week of Peace 2007 celebration, which was observed from November 29 to December 5, 2007, comes to a close, the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRMSP) congratulates as well as thanks all […]