Mindanao Peace Initiative – UK: Filipino Evening
Wednesday 5 August 2009
There was a Filipino evening in London last night at which Gene Alcantara introduced the Mindanao Peace Initiative – UK to the local Filipino community. There were several purposes for the evening:
– Launching the Mindanao Peace Initiative UK – an initiative that seeks to promote peace in Mindanao, through projects in education, youth service activities, and other initiatives to bring young and old from different communities together in this Philippine area of Christian-Muslim conflict, as well as awareness-raising in the UK. Although focussed on Mindanao, any progress we make will benefit the whole country as well as contribute to world peace.
– Introducing the Luzviminda Foundation, a new association aiming to connect Filipinos in the UK from all three main island groupings, and helping where it is needed. Many of the current Filipino organisations are already focussed on their own provinces, and Luzviminda hopes to supplement their role by not being restricted geographically.
– Welcoming H. E. Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo and other new officials at the Philippine Embassy in London.
During the evening Charles Hardie spoke passionately of his desire for peace in Mindanao. He had experienced through the Northern Ireland conflict the constant need for talks and economic development in order to bring peace.
Imam Abdul Mannan Wahid from the Philippine Muslim Association – UK, spoke of Mindanao as a rich and bountiful island that requires peace to become prosperous.
Andy Vilalba emphasised the beauty of Mindanao and the need for greater awareness and understanding of its situation.
Other videos from the evening are available from http://www.youtube.com/user/PeaceDevelopmntNetwk
My apologies for the poor quality of the videos.