Press Release

HWPL: Development of Peace in Mindanao, Philippines

On 24 January 2014, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) offered local representatives including political and religious leaders to sign a peace agreement for the 40-year conflict in Mindanao...

[Press Release – by Cheonji Ilbo]

On 24 January 2014, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) offered local representatives including political and religious leaders to sign a peace agreement for the 40-year conflict in Mindanao. Currently, the civilian group-led peace agreement is at the implementation and has contributed to creating an atmosphere of peace for a peace agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro people.

HWPL held various events and activities in the Philippines since June 2013, including bringing relief for the slums, holding conversations with religious leaders for interfaith harmony, and establishing a youth network for peace.

20150525_18th Peace Tour

HWPL hosted the first peace walk festival on 24 January 2014 in General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines. Over 1,000 people, including believers from both religions, students from Mindanao State University, and members of the International Peace Youth Group, participated.

20140124_8th Peace Tour – Signing the Mindanao Peace Agreement (Fernando Capalla, Chairman Lee, Gov. Mangudadatu)

On the same day, representatives including Esmael G. Mangudadatu, the then Governor of Maguindanao and Fernando Capalla, a Catholic archbishop, signed an agreement for the creation of peace and the cessation of war. According to HWPL, the Mindanao peace agreement proposed a “civilian-centered awareness improvement and action-based” approach to peace.

In line with this approach, the organization is cooperating with local groups to carry out peace initiatives centered around civil society, including education, religion, youth, and women, in order to eliminate the factors that are sources of conflict and also to strengthen the core values for peaceful development.

20130927_6th Peace Tour (Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and Chairman Lee)

At his age of 84 when he held hands with the leaders who signed the agreement, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL recalls, “While the signing of the agreement for peace was shown to the participants, the moderator explained the peace agreement, which was photographed and videotaped. The crowd erupted in cheers and applause of joy and delight.”

Mindanao peace agreement signed on 24 January 2014

Philippine soldiers take part in the Peace Walk held after the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace in Maguindanao, Philippines on 25 May 2015.

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