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Philippines to launch first Global Peace Festival
Philippine Information Agency
Manila, Philippines
December 10, 2007

Peace advocates will gather on December 12 at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila for the first Global Peace Festival on the theme "One Family Under God."

Organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), the festival aims to drum up world wide support for peace-making efforts and for implementing of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals.

UPF Philippines Secretary General Celestino Jose V. Navalta said one of the ways to achieve peace is by living for the sake of others. Peace is possible, he said, if people would always consider the welfare of their fellow men.

More than 200,000 students, professionals, teachers, academe and leaders from government and civil society are expected to join the various activities of the festival.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr. were also invited to participate in the main event.

World-renowned peacemaker Martin Luther King III and UPF Chairman Hyun Jin Moon will be delivering inspiration messages during the program.

A peace parade from Roxas Boulevard to the Quirino Grandstand will take place at 2 pm. The parade will be followed by a free concert from peace endorsers such as Pops Fernandez, Jay-R, Iya Villania, Manny Pacquiao and other local artists.

The program for the main event will begin at 4 pm with universal prayer for peace.

UPF - Asia Secretary General Ursula Mclackland explained that the Philippines was chosen as the venue for the launching of Global Peace Festival because its citizen are peace loving people who love families and uphold its values.

"The Philippine GPF can be a model for the world," said Mclackland, "it promotes the family as the foundation for peace. It is in the family when the values necessary for peace building are learned."

"We think that peace begins within the individual and then it extends to the family, the society, the nation and the world," she said.

Source: Philippine Information Agency,

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