Filipino Youth Serve Others in Manila

December 7, 2008

Marikina City, Philippines - Nearly 2,000 students cleaned, painted, fed children and the elderly, played games, and offered medical assistance on Dec. 6, 2008, in Marikina City.

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Adopt-a-Wall Project in Manila

December 6, 2008

Manila, Philippines - Students in Manila worked together to clean a historic wall at Balluarte de San Andres in Intramuros, Manila.

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The Manila Bay Coastal Cleanup: Love in Action

December 6, 2008

Manila, Philippines - Over 21,000 students of the National Service Training Program from 21 colleges and universities in the Philippines joined five national and international NGOs and cadets from ROTC to begin a tidal wave of change, for themselves and their nation.

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Muslims and Christians Work Together for Community Development

December 5, 2008

Manila, Philippines - You’ve heard of micro-financing. But, how about micro-development? A powerful force for social change joins community development, building inter-religious harmony and volunteerism all at the micro level. International Volunteers Day, December 5, was originally established by the UN General Assembly in 1985. And certainly, organizations such as the Red Cross and Caritas are doing extraordinary jobs.

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Peace Festival in Roxas Successful, Despite Controversy

November 19, 2008

Roxas, Philippines - The Universal Peace Federation partnered with the government of the Philippines to successfully hold one of its premier events, a Global Peace Festival (GPF), in the provincial capital, Roxas, Capiz, on November 18, 2008. This was the seventh GPF in the Philippines over the past two months.

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Cordillera Peace Festival Attracts Thousands

November 12, 2008

Baguio City, Philippines - Eighty thousand people carrying the slogan of “One Family Under God” flocked to the Melvin Jones Grandstand at the Burnham Park in Baguio City on the island of Luzon on November 12, 2008 in celebration of the Global Peace Festival Cordillera.

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Overflow Audience at Peace Festival in Rizal

November 8, 2008

Rizal, Philippines - The 12,000-person audience, composed mostly of young people, educators, religious leaders, and government officials, shook the grounds of the Ynares Center in Antipolo City during the Global Peace Festival Main Event in the Province of Rizal, near Manila, on November 8, 2008.

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Book Release: Jose de Venecia, Global Filipino

November 6, 2008

Global Filipino offers a behind the scenes look at the man at the center of power of one of America's most important allies. Since his meteoric rise to become Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives in 1992, Jose de Venecia has been the foremost architect for policies of development and peace making in the Philippines.

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Peace Education Offered at Lanao Del Norte Festival

October 30, 2008

Tubod, Philippines - From October 27-30, 2008, a Global Peace Festival was held at the Mindanao Convention Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Headed by Governor Khalid Q. Dimaporo and Dr. Maria Luisa Mutia of the Department of Education, the GPF main event was attended by 14,000 participants from academia, government, the youth sector, and a number of NGOs.

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Peace Festival to Become Annual Event in Negros Oriental

October 22, 2008

Dumaguete, Philippines - The Global Peace Festival-Negros Oriental was held from October 20-22, 2008, in Dumaguete, a bustling port city of over 100,000 residents; it is also a university town, with seven colleges and universities. Dumaguete is known as “The City of Gentle People.”

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In the News: 7th Asian Conference of Religions for Peace Meets

October 21, 2008

Manila, Philippines - The seventh Assembly of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace on the theme "Peacemaking in Asia" brought together about 400 delegates from October 17 to 21, representing various religions throughout Asia.

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In the News: Oro Hosts International Leadership Conference

September 24, 2008

Philippines -Cagayan de Oro City (24 September) -- The Universal Peace Foundation, in
partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, hosted the International
Leadership Conference last September 19-21, as part of the activities to highlight
the staging of the "The Global Peace Festival Mindanao 2008". Read more.

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A Call for Peace and Unity in Mindanao

September 23, 2008

Mindanao, Philippines - Amidst the ceaseless struggle between the government and the radical Islamic groups in the Philippine island of Mindanao, a new hope for peace and unity dawned September 19 to 21 with a series of conferences, service projects, and other initiatives that culminated the Global Peace Festival.

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Peace-Making in Mindanao: A Risky Business

September 22, 2008

Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines: At the conclusion of the Global Peace Festival (GPF) in Mindanao September 21, on a stage constructed on the provincial capital grounds, former Speaker of the House, Jose de Venecia, Jr. called on the Philippine government to renew the peace talks, earmark USD 2.1 billion (Pesos 100 billion), and bring the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) into the peace process as a neutral partner in the negotiations.

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Background of the Global Peace Festival in Mindanao

September 22, 2008

Mindanao, Philippines - Amidst the ceaseless struggle between the government and the radical Islamic groups in the Philippine island of Mindanao, a new hope for peace and unity has dawned in this "Promised Land," as Mindanao is often called.

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J. de Venecia: Peace, the Greatest Need of Our Time

September 21, 2008

Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Chairman, CDI-Asia Pacific Address to the Global Peace Festival Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines September 21, 2008

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In the News: Mindanaoans Converge for Global Peace Festival

September 21, 2008

Some 500 Mindanaoans and foreign delegates are converging in Cagayan de Oro City to mark the three-day Global Peace Festival Mindanao 2008, which kicked off with the International Leadership Conference held Saturday at the Pryce Place Hotel.

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Day of Peace in Mindanao, Philippines

September 21, 2008

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines - Different ethnic groups performed traditional dances at the Global Peace Festival in Mindanao.

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In the News: Filipino Delegates Support Peace Festival in Japan

September 3, 2008

Tokyo, Japan - A kick-off banquet for the Global Peace Festival in Japan was held September 3, 2008 at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku. The Philippine delegates to the event included officials from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo: the Labor Attaché, Mr. Danilo Cruz; the Welfare Officer, Ms. Luz Talento; and the Armed Forces and Defense Attaché, Col. Danilo Estropia. Also present was Mrs. Angelita Obara, President of the Filipino Japanese Movement for Global Peace and co-chair of the GPF Japan Filipino Community National Steering Committee.

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J. de Venecia: Peace as a Community of Sharing

August 8, 2008

Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Chairman, CDI-Asia Pacific Address to International Leadership Conference, Regional Summit, and Global Peace Festival on "Toward a New Paradigm of Leadership and Good Governance for Development and Peace" Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 8, 2008

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