Fighting Poverty to Build Peace

Pope Benedict XVI has issued his message for the upcoming World Day of Peace celebration, which is observed annually every January 1. The title and theme of his message is “Fighting Poverty To Build Peace”. Poverty has been a perennial focus of past World Day of Peace messages of the Holy See in Rome. But […]

Kidnapped Humanitarian Workers Among Five Peace Weaver Awardees

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Three former kidnapped victims and two community workers who were killed in line of duty were hailed as this year’s Peace Weavers awardees. The prestigious peace award was given to Esperancita “Espie” Hupida of Basilan-based Nagdilaab Foundation, Merlie “Milet” Mendoza, an international humantarian worker, and Sulu-based Professor Octavio Dinampo. Octavio was kidnapped […]

Address on Peace and Human Rights

“We – those affected by the war, whether from or outside of Mindanao – should engage in honest dialogue of who we are, what we should do and how we should achieve peace founded on justice and human rights… “ Warmest greetings of lasting peace! Today, as we gather to celebrate a week of peace […]

Mindanao Peace Forum: More Open, Serious Talks

PARTICIPANTS in the recent Mindanao Peace Forum were all in one in saying that the only way for the southern peace process to move forward is for both parties – particularly the government and the Moro rebels – to resume their negotiation. Fr. Angel C. Calvo, the lead convener of the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for […]

Sta. Catalina Folks, Students Immerse in Paz na Barangay

ZAMBOANGA CITY – CREATING a harmonious relationship at the village level is an important means to spread the advocacy of peace, said Fr. Angel Calvo, president of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) as the organization brought the paradigm of peace to Barangay Sta. Catalina last November 28. “It is very important to start the advocacy on […]

Mindanao Artists Show How Art Can Make Peace

ZAMBOANGA CITY – In an effort to deliver the message of peace artistically, 19 renowned visual artists from all over southern Philippines staged an art exhibit at the local National Museum in line with the observance of the Mindanao Week of Peace. More than 40 art pieces were displayed during the weeks-long show at the […]

SOLIDARITY MESSAGE OF PEACE ADVOCATES ZAMBOANGA TO DUYOG MINDANAO: PEOPLE’S CARAVAN FOR PEACE AND SOLIDARITY MULTI-SECTORAL FORUM AT DAVAO CITY, NOVEMBER 27, 2008 IN CELEBRATION OF THE MINDANAO WEEK OF PEACE (NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 3, 2008)

Salam! Kalinaw! Kapayapaan! Peace! We in Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and in behalf of the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) of Zamboanga City extend our felicitations of solidarity and goodwill to “Duyog Mindanao: People’s Caravan for Peace and Solidarity” and – on the occasion of your multi-sectoral forum (on November 27), as well as […]

Joint Statement of the Bishops-Ulama Conference

Joint Statement of the Bishops-Ulama Conference, 35th General Assembly, Jolo, Sulu November 18-21, 2008. We the convenors and 75 members of the Bishops-Ulama Conference wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Almighty God/Allah for the graced opportunity of holding our 35th General Assembly in the beautiful town of Jolo. For holding this historic gathering in […]

Youths Take Centerstage in Week’s Celebrations

ZAMBOANGA CITY – This year’s Week of Peace revealed the strongest yet participation of children and youth to create just and lasting peace in local society. This was the observation of the Fr. Angel Calvo, president of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) at the culmination of the week-long peace observance that ended on December 3. “We […]

30,000 Walk the Talk in Zamboanga’s Week of Peace Parade

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Over 30,000 people coming various sectors in the society renewed their commitment to lasting and just peace in Mindanao during a grand parade that marked the opening of this year’s Week of Peace celebrations last November 27. Marchers carrying placards and streamers with peace messages marched across downtown from historic Pettit Barracks […]