Saturday, November 26, 2022

[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (18): “I have been looking for a spiritual solution, not a physical or legal one. I want to participate 100% in this peace movement”


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (18): “I have been looking for a spiritual solution, not a physical or legal one. I want to participate 100% in this peace movement”

On April 7, 2014, the former President of Colombia Belisario Betancur Cuartas met Chairman Man-hee Lee (right) at the president's residence in Colombia, holding hands and expressing his intention to participate in the peace movement

During the 9th peace tour in 2014, 13 current and former heads of state from Europe and South America promised to work with Chairman Lee. The heads of state of the global village who love their countries and people as paramount proposed their wish to join Chairman Lee's works for peace.

After hearing about Chairman Lee's visit to Germany, a discussion on world peace was held upon the invitation of the former Premier of East Germany Hans Modrow. Former Premier Modrow is respected by many for his work for German reunification and world peace. He deeply sympathized with the will of the Chairman and expressed respect for his peace activities and consistent mindset to achieve this. Former Premier Modrow promised to actively support the peace movement by becoming a member of the HWPL Peace Advisory Council. Former Premier Modrow said, “It is impossible to use force to end war and prevent war with war”.

Later Chairman Lee visited Austria where he met the former Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer. He is a politician known for supporting the policies of the common people and rejecting luxury or preferential treatment. The two leaders became one under peace following their meeting.

In Slovenia, Chairman Lee met two leaders. First, Danilo Türk, who was the third President of Slovenia. Former president Türk has been working on human rights issues since working as a law professor, and he has gained public support by focusing on communicating with young people in particular. As he works closely with international organizations and is well aware of the past conflict in Mindanao, the Philippines, he was very surprised by the results achieved there and expressed his gratitude. He became an advisor to HWPL and requested active correspondence with the peace delegation.

This was followed by a meeting with Milan Kučan, the first President of Slovenia.

In the process of building the country after independence, former President Milan Kučan gained absolute support from the people and succeeded in his re-election, serving as President of Slovenia for about 10 years. Former President Milan Kučan made a personal visit to the lodgings of Chairman Lee in the midst of a busy schedule. He told Chairman Lee, “What humanity needs most right now is peace. Humanity has always wanted peace, but it has not yet achieved that peace. That is why all of your activities and achievements for peace are so noble." He signed the peace agreement and was appointed as Slovenia's second HWPL advisor.

Talks about peace continued in Slovakia as well. After Slovakia's first female Prime Minister Iveta Radičová left her political career, she became the very first female sociology professor of Slovakia. She was deeply impressed by Chairman Lee, who also loves the youth of the world and nurtures the next generation of talent. Former Prime Minister Radičová decided to join International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) and participate in the IWPG peace movement.

Emil Constantinescu, the 3rd President of Romania, met with Chairman Lee for the first time during his 6th visit (October 2013), and has become HWPL’s most enthusiastic “Missionary of Peace”. On that visit, former President Constantinescu made another new proposal as soon as he met Chairman Lee. President Constantinescu said, “Tomorrow I will go to New York, USA, and the next day I will have a meeting with many members of the National Assembly in Washington. Please tell me the message that you want to deliver to them. I will deliver your message on your behalf."

As if they had been working together for years, the two leaders shared a common understanding of peace.

Chairman Lee met with the 2nd and 4th President of Romania, Ion Iliescu, who had also connected Chairman Lee to key Romanian government officials during Chairman Lee's six previous peace tours. For this meeting, former President Iliescu invited Chairman Lee to the memorial house of diplomat Nicolae Tatulescu, where a peace agreement had been signed 80 years prior. A peace agreement was also signed on that day.

In Serbia, former Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković actively joined Chairman Lee's peace activities. After meeting with Chairman Lee, he became a member of HWPL, saying, "Chairman Lee is now doing a peace movement with really good intentions, so please give me an agreement so that I can sign it quickly."

In Spain, Chairman Lee had a meeting with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the former Prime Minister of Spain. He is a so-called ''quiet'' socialist who allocated half of the cabinet to women after taking office and withdrew Spanish troops stationed in Iraq. He is also actively involved in major international organizations for peace and democracy. He sympathized with the work of Chairman Lee and the women's organization and said, "Everything always goes well when women hold power, whether in peace or religion." Former Prime Minister Zapatero was appointed as an HWPL advisor and decided to actively support HWPL's peace movement.

In Central and South America, peace agreements were signed by the incumbent and former leaders of each country.

The relationship between HWPL and Colombia started in 2013. On their 7th peace tour, Chairman Lee and the peace delegation held a meeting with the 56th President of Colombia, Ernesto Samper Pizano, in Bogota, Colombia, and signed a peace agreement. The following year, Chairman Lee again visited Colombia and met Belisario Betancur Cuartas, the 26th President of Colombia (1982-1986).

On April 7, 2014, Chairman Lee met with former President Betancur Cuartas, who was then 91 years old, at his residence. After listening to Chairman Lee's peace message, former President Betancur Cuartas said, "Today's meeting was really great," and, "I want to participate in this peace movement 100%. Chairman Lee is giving me good energy.” He said, “I have been looking for a spiritual solution, not a physical or legal one. So, listening to Chairman Lee’s story today gave me great strength and new hope.” He also said, "After listening to Chairman Lee's words today, I have a big mission. I can't go to Korea that day (WARP Summit in September 2014), but I will be attending in truth and spirit." On that day, former President Betancur Cuartas signed a peace agreement and became an advisor to HWPL.

Álvaro Colom Caballeros, the former president of Guatemala, also met with Chairman Lee and promised to work together for world peace and attended the WARP Summit held in September of that same year.

Old tie-down pants, cheap sneakers, and tousled hair:  José Alberto Mujica Cordano, the then 40th President of Uruguay, described as “the world's humblest head of state,” is one of the most respected leaders around the world. During his tenure, he donated 90% of his salary and gave his official residence to the homeless and his villa to Syrian refugees, attracting attention for his simple and unconventional ‘no-own’ deeds. He also met with Chairman Lee during his trip and promised to join HWPL's peace activities. Former President Mujica Cordano, who had a conversation with Chairman Lee at his sister-in-law's farmhouse, pledged, "I will join Chairman Lee's peace movement because it is essential for humanity."


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (17): The World is Moved by the Tireless Tours for Peace


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (17): The World is Moved by the Tireless Tours for Peace

On April 7, 2014, Chairman Lee speaks during the World Peace Seminar held at Illumina Convention Center in Guatemala

Young people conduct a Peace Walk in the lead-up to a peace seminar in Uganda on March 14, 2014

For 36 days from March 2014, Chairman Man-hee Lee and the peace delegation visited 16 countries in four continents, including Africa, Europe, and South America. This was already the ninth peace tour since 2012.

No one on any continent rejected Chairman Lee's proposal to work together for peace. Twelve incumbent and former presidents of 10 countries in Eastern Europe and Central and South America signed peace agreements, and in Peru, a peace agreement was signed with the with the national leaders of 14 million Incas in Peru.

The victorious results that Chairman Lee announced in Europe during his ninth visit bore the fruit of eternal peace in the Republic of Korea, where the WARP Summit was held in September of the same year.

On March 13, 2014, the Open Bible Seminar was held at Entebbe Youth Center in Uganda. The audience is paying close attention to Chairman Lee

On March 12, 2014, the first place Chairman Lee and the peace delegation visited was Uganda, Africa. Uganda is a country that continues to groan after 20 years of war, massacre, and dictatorship between the government and the rebels immediately after gaining independence from British colonization. The people's desire for peace is more earnest than anywhere else.

In Uganda, in particular, reporters traveled with Chairman Lee and the delegation to publicise their movements. As soon as they arrived at the palace of King Oyo in Kampala, Uganda's state-run broadcaster UBC and other broadcasters all mobilized to hold a press conference.

The two peace seminars that followed were enough to awaken Uganda from slumber. At the Kampala Open Bible Seminar held on the 13th, about 700 people came to hear Chairman Lee's message. Chairman Lee introduced himself as usual, saying, “I came to announce that the prophecies of the New Testament have been fulfilled,” and testified the word from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The next day, at an additional Open Bible Seminar, pastors and members from all over the world flocked.

Despite the complicated process of translating Korean into English and English into the local language, the seminar participants shouted “Amen” without taking their eyes off the lips of the Peace Messenger. Peterson, a pastor from Kenya, said, “I was so moved by the Word that I had no choice but to keep shouting ‘Amen'. We received this very word of peace that we desperately needed.”

Bishop Ellis Balinda Cavagonza of Repsengo Church, who attended the pastors' conference, said, "I was greatly enlightened and blessed by Chairman Lee's message about peace. I have no choice but to believe in it.”

In addition, the rains of peace that soaked the dry land of Uganda for four days included the International Peace Youth Group Peace Walk, Repsengo Peace Walk, and meetings with African royalty and religious leaders arranged by Princess Elizabeth of Tooro. Social, political, and religious figures who met with Chairman Lee all attended the subsequent WARP Summit and promised that they would also act as messengers of peace.

On March 17, 2014 Chairman Lee (right) and Hans Modrow, the last premier of communist East Germany, held a peace talk in Germany

It was March 16, day 5 of the 9th peace tour, and Chairman Lee and the delegation headed for Germany, Europe.

One of the most notable scenes in Germany was the peace talk held between Hans Modrow, the last premier of communist East Germany, and Chairman Lee. The thoughts of the two leaders who lived in the same era connected. Former Premier Modrow said, "It is impossible to use force to end war and prevent war with war. Chairman Lee's work is very necessary for people to co-exist and live in peace."

On March 19, in Austria, Chairman Lee met with the head of a leading Islamic group and former Prime Minister Alfred Gusenbauer to inform them that the era of peace had arrived. They also pledged to join the work of peace.

In Slovenia, where they arrived on the same day, Chairman Lee had a meeting with Mukka Savski, the head of a Tibetan Buddhist organization, and he also repeatedly thanked Chairman Lee for leading the work of peace beyond religion. Milan Kučan, who served as the first President of Slovenia, was aware of the peace delegation's intense schedule and visited Chairman Lee to talk about peace.

Chairman Lee gives a presentation at the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Religion (a global conference comprised of former presidents and religious leaders) held in Rome, Italy on April 1, 2014

In Romania, which Chairman Lee had visited a few months prior on the 9th Peace Tour, he held a meeting with former President Emil Constantinescu, whom he had met earlier, and former Ambassador Izidor Urian, who served as a diplomat in both North and South Korea. 

In Romania, there was also a priest who asked for the answer to peace. When Baram Proestenuel, Vice-Bishop of the Orthodox Church, asked, “How can all religions work together as one?” Chairman Lee replied, “There is only one Creator, but there are thousands of religions on the earth. This is the cause of the conflict. I believe that if religion is established in the name of one God, there will be no more conflict.”

Then, the news of peace resounded in Serbia, the “powder keg of Eastern Europe.” Ruben Fuchs, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia, invited Chairman Lee and his delegation to the Jewish Historical Museum and said, “There is a certain ingredient in science that makes the impossible possible. The Chairman seems to be that ingredient.”

Also, in recognition of his achievements, he was invited to speak at the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Religion (a global conference comprised of former presidents and religious leaders) held in Rome, Italy on April 1st. Chairman Lee introduced the significance of the International Peace Youth Group Peace Walk and the process of mediating a civil peace agreement in Mindanao, Philippines to the leaders of the participating countries, and appealed for their participation in passing on a world of peace without war to future generations. In Rome, the center of Catholicism, attendees gave great applause to Chairman Lee who stood shoulder to shoulder with world leaders and proudly proclaimed the message of world peace.

On April 5, 2014, Chairman Lee meets with Inca leaders and shakes hands after signing a peace agreement

Chairman Lee received a letter of appreciation from the Guatemalan government on April 7 in recognition of his contributions to the peace agreement with the Maya people in 2013 and laid a wreath at the Peace Monument in the Presidential Palace in Guatemala City.

This meant that the peace agreement signed by Chairman Lee has substantially contributed to peace in Guatemala. The laying of flowers at the Peace Monument is allowed only to people who have made great contributions to world peace, and former UN Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban was the only Korean before Chairman Lee.

Man-hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, lays a flower at the White Rose Laying Offering Ceremony at the Palm of Peace, National Palace in Guatemala City on April 7, 2014

In addition, Chairman Lee and the peace delegation successfully signed a peace agreement with Inca leaders in Peru. It was the Inca leaders, who in full knowledge of Chairman Lee's pivotal role in mediating the Mindanao peace agreement, first proposed the meeting.

Chairman Lee's message, which the world is passionate about and sympathizes with, is actually concise and clear. Yet it something that no one has ever conceived of or made a reality. Chairman Lee has repeatedly emphasized that all these steps for peace have been carried out because the answer to peace was given to him by heaven.

“So far, there have been many people who have been involved in peace movements and many who have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but nothing in the world has changed. I started this work because I have the ‘definite answer’ to peace through a revelation I received from heaven.”

On April 12, 2014, Chairman Lee proclaims the message of peace at a mosque in Brazil


Saturday, November 19, 2022

[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (16): "The Creator's Will is Peace"


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (16): "The Creator's Will is Peace"

On January 24, 2014, HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee, who mediated the Civil Peace Agreement in Mindanao, and Catholic and Islamic leaders who signed the agreement are taking a commemorative photo

Man-hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), has embarked on world peace tours since 2012 after receiving the heavenly mandate to “end war and achieve peace in the global village.” Catholic Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, whom Chairman Lee met in the Philippines during his sixth peace tour in September 2013, asked Chairman Lee to help end the conflict in Mindanao. At that time, Mindanao was a war zone, home to a repeated bloody conflict. The climate in Mindanao posed a risk to anyone's life.

In January of the following year, at the age of 84, Chairman Lee visited the battlefield, where bullets had been raining down from afar, with his peace delegation for “peace.” Explaining why he agreed to visit this specific place at that time, Chairman Lee said, “Someone who is working for peace asked me to go there for peace, so I couldn’t refuse. I said that I would only go if God were with me.”

On January 24, 2014, former Catholic Archbishop Fernando Capalla of the Archdiocese of Davao, Mindanao, Philippines, signs the End of War and World Peace Agreement at a civil peace agreement ceremony in Mindanao

Upon the visit to Mindanao, the process of realizing a peace agreement in the presence of Catholic and Islamic leaders required a series of miracles that challenge the boundaries of human logic.

On January 24, 2014, Chairman Lee emphasized that "the Creator's will is peace, not war" at a gathering of government and civil society leaders, youth groups, and university professors at a hotel in General Santos, Mindanao. Following this, he asked the attendees, “Do you want peace or war?” and asked them to raise their hands if they wanted peace. When all attendees raised their hands, Chairman Lee called the Catholic and Islamic leaders present at the scene forward, and said, “Then sign the peace agreement.”

The impromptu peace agreement was attended by former Catholic Archbishop Fernando Capalla of the Archdiocese of Davao and the Governor of Maguindanao, Mindanao, and the two sides signed an agreement for world peace and the cessation of conflict. The Civil Peace Agreement in Mindanao, which served as a prelude to the end of the 40-year bloody conflict, was achieved in a dramatic and unexpected moment.

On January 24, 2014, the Governor of Maguindanao, Mindanao, signs the Agreement on World Peace and Cessation of War at the Civil Peace Agreement Ceremony in Mindanao

Immediately following the signing of the peace treaty, Catholic and Islamic officials immediately delivered the results of the agreement to the government and Islamic forces. Upon hearing the news of the civil peace agreement, the Philippine government and the Islamic Army (Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF) agreed on the peace agreement for the cessation  of the 40-year civil war and signed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 25, the very next day. At that time, the peace agreement was evaluated as the most significant step in the negotiations between the two sides, which had been suspended and resumed repeatedly over 17 years.

In May 2014, the so-called Bangsamoro Basic Law recognizing the Islamic Autonomous Region of Mindanao entered the legislative process in the Philippine Parliament, and the legislative process was completed when President Duterte signed the bill in August 2018.

View of the Youth Peace Seminar held at Mindanao State University on January 25, 2014

The prelude to the end of the bloody conflict in Mindanao was reported through Philippine state-run broadcaster PTV and private broadcasting outlets. Former Philippine President Ramos, who heard the news of the peace agreement, expressed his gratitude at a meeting with Chairman Lee, saying, “You did something that even the president couldn’t do.”

On January 29, 2014, Chairman Man-hee Lee is taking a commemorative photo after meeting with former Philippine President Ramos. Former President Ramos commented on the Mindanao Peace Agreement as “something that even the president couldn’t do”

In January 2014, Philippine PTV reporter Elizabeth Kachin, who delivered the news of the Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement which had been negotiated through the mediation of Chairman Man-hee Lee, highlighted Chairman Lee's ‘sincerity for peace’ as the driver behind these dramatic peace achievements in two separate interviews.

Reporter Kachin said, “Chairman Man-hee Lee was different from other politicians. Chairman Lee said, 'I've come a long way to Mindanao, where bullets have rained down, for peace alone.' The residents of Mindanao, tired of the dispute, quickly recognized the difference between a politician and Chairman Lee. Chairman Lee's sincerity for “peace” moved them.”

The Philippine media said, “Numerous peace treaties have been made to cease the war, but the conflict has always persisted. Many peace activists have worked for this, but it was HWPL, headquartered in Korea, that bore fruits of peace.”

In May 2015, in Maguindanao, where the Mindanao Private Peace Agreement was signed, the unveiling ceremony of the ‘HWPL Peace Monument’ is being held to commemorate Chairman Man-hee Lee’s peace achievement

In May 2015, the province of Maguindanao, Mindanao, erected the ‘HWPL Peace Monument’ to commemorate Chairman Lee’s peace achievements. At the site, a large number of key figures and regional representatives who participated in peace talks representing the government and MILF pledged to work hard to maintain peace and develop Mindanao. In addition, January 24, when the Civil Peace Agreement was signed in Mindanao, was designated as ‘HWPL Day’ and a commemorative event was held for ‘Liberation from War to Peace’. On that day, the leaders promised to “never again fight in front of God and all peoples of the world” and to “become messengers of HWPL and peace.”

In January 2016, on the second anniversary of the Civil Peace Agreement in Mindanao, the HWPL Peace Monument was erected in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, where the MILF garrison was stationed. It made it official externally that peace in Mindanao had come to be achieved through HWPL. Visiting the MILF base to attend the unveiling ceremony of the Peace Monument, Chairman Lee and his peace delegation were warmly welcomed by the people of Mindanao. The endless lines of welcoming crowds illustrated how much the people of Mindanao were longing for ‘peace’.

Following the agreement, HWPL continued to provide support for the settlement of peace and restoration of daily life and education for the locals. Their welcome represented their gratitude to the Korean peace activist, who made it possible to return to daily life.

The Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement served as an opportunity to promote Chairman Lee to the international community. Chairman Lee, who has received numerous peace awards, said, “The true prize is peace,” and revealed that he will not stop the movement for peace until the day ‘the cessation of war and world peace’ is realized.

In January 2016, in celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the Civil Peace Agreement in Mindanao, the unveiling ceremony of the ‘HWPL Peace Monument’ is being held in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao where the Islamic Army MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) is stationed


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

[HWPL] HWPL Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (15): “Please Engrave ‘Peace’ in your Heart”


[HWPL] HWPL Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (15): “Please Engrave ‘Peace’ in your Heart”

On November 1, 2013, he was interviewed by Telemundo in Tijuana, Mexico. Telemundo is an American Spanish-language broadcaster based in Florida, USA.

“It would be great if we could all become messengers of peace and walk the path of coexistence.” - Remarks by Man-Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, at the press conference for the 7th Peace Tour

On October 30, 2013, at Los Angeles International Airport, USA, FIL-AM TV, a Philippine broadcasting channel that has been paying attention to Chairman Lee's peace movement of the 5th and 6th peace tour, joined the conference for coverage. FIL-AM TV is a broadcast channel that brings the spirit, culture, values, arts and entertainment of the country to approximately one million Filipinos living in Southern California County, USA.

In an interview with FIL-AM TV, Chairman Lee said to the young people, “We are like missionaries born for peace in this world in this era. Let's do it,"

As his first schedule in LA, Chairman Lee held a conference attended by leaders of world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. proceeded and sent.

On November 1, 2013, Chairman Lee is having an interview with FOX5, a famous American broadcaster.

At 4:30 a.m. on November 1, Chairman Lee and the peace delegation left their residence for a live broadcast on Fox (FOX5) station in San Diego, about an hour away by car from LA. It is a famous American broadcasting station that produced many famous programs such as ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘24’. The live broadcast started at 6:00 in the morning. Chairman Lee introduced the Peace Seminar and Peace Walk held at the Meredith Victory on the same day. Fox TV reported the news along with videos such as the Peace Walk held by HWPL. After the broadcast, Chairman Lee move to San Pedro Port, LA, where the event was held. The Peace Seminar, which was held at the Meredith Victory, was attended by heads of 50 local youth organizations, 500 young people, and 100 VIPs, and local media outlets covered the event with great interest.

After finishing their schedule in LA, Chairman Lee and the peace delegation moved to Tijuana, Mexico. Chairman Lee made a broadcast appearance at Telemundo Broadcasting Station. Telemundo Broadcasting is headquartered in Florida, USA, and is famous for its Spanish-language TV broadcasts in the United States. Following this, Chairman Lee appeared on Libertando radio. This media, run by Jewish pastor, Rev. Ramio Lopez, aired a special live broadcast of the message of peace delivered by Chairman Lee.

On November 6, 2013, Chairman Lee's live appearance on Channel 7, a famous Guatemalan broadcaster.

On the 5th, while visiting Guatemala, Chairman Lee appeared on Azteca Guatemala TV. Chairman Lee introduced the WARP Summit in September 2014 on the air and said, “With all these data that can achieve peace, I have now traveled the global village several times. I'm telling you that I can achieve peace with confidence. I want you to engrave the word 'Peace' in your heart and mind.”

The next day, he appeared on a popular live morning program in Guatemala. Chairman Lee said, “Isn’t it fortunate in this era that there are people who are actively working for peace?” and “I am your messenger. I'm doing your work (work for world peace). Please join us as one.”

On November 5, 2013, he is appearing on a live morning program from Guatevision Studios.

Later, at Guatemala City Hall, he had a conversation with then-mayor Alvaro Enrique Arju Irigoyen, former president of Guatemala. After the conversation, interviews were conducted with media outlets at Guatemala City Hall, and Viviana Quinones from TVRHD, a Guatemalan media who came to cover, joined HWPL as a member.

Chairman Lee's move for world peace was also conveyed to the local community through a live interview on Channel 7, a famous broadcaster in Guatemala. Channel 7 reported on Chairman Lee's schedule almost every day during his visit to Guatemala. On this day, the live broadcast also reported the contents of the interview while reporting the activities so far.

On November 7, 2013, Nicaraguan terrestrial news channel CDNN23's filming staff is filming a live interview with HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee.

Chairman Lee, who visited Nicaragua on the 7th, visited the private residence of former President Enrique Bolaños (1928-2021) in Santander, Nicaragua and had a conversation, which was broadcast throughout Nicaragua through an interview with CDNN23. CDNN23 is Nicaragua's representative news channel and is a national terrestrial broadcaster.

Chairman Lee's world peace movement was introduced for 30 minutes through a live broadcast. Chairman Lee appealed, “Now let’s not go to war, let’s make a world of peace,” and “All of us, the global village family, have the mission to leave a world of peace as a legacy to future descendants.”

The effect of the broadcast was immediate. Hearing this broadcast, Father Roberto Fernandez came to the station. He explained that he wanted to meet Chairman Lee, who appeared on the show, in person, even for a short while. Maria Elsa Suarez Garcia, host of CDNN23, joined the International Women's Group (IWPG).

After watching CDNN23's live broadcast, Father Roberto Fernandez, a local religious leader, came to the station to meet with Chairman Lee.

“Chairman Lee’s world peace movement is very important to Nicaraguans who want peace,” he said. “Especially, I think the World Peace Agreement is a very good idea. I hope to send this agreement to the UN to end all wars in the world.”

Chairman Lee appeared on the Megavision MN19 program in El Salvador on the 8th. Chairman Lee said in his broadcast interview, “We are all messenger of peace. Let all citizens of El Salvador become messengers of peace.” Luisa Moncada, host of Mega Vision MN19, said, “It was a great honor to interview great leaders who are making a big difference in the world.”

On November 13, 2013, a broadcast staff member is filming an interview while Chairman Lee appeared live on RTV News, a news program on Channel 13, at SINART, a public broadcasting station in Costa Rica.

On the 13th, before the official schedule in Costa Rica, Chairman Lee appeared live on RTV News, a Costa Rican public broadcaster Channel 13 news program. The broadcast host emphasized that Chairman Lee was 83 years old at the time and said "He visited Costa Rica on his Peace Tour"

At the end of the interview, he emphasized that Chairman Lee will have a conversation with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica. Afterwards, Chairman Lee had a conversation with President Laura Chinchilla.

After the broadcast, there were also local people who came with news of Chairman Lee's visit to Costa Rica. He met with the 38th First Lady of Costa Rica, Estrella Celedon Lissano, Dean of the UN Peace University, Costa Rica's Thomas Klopp Markar, and Costa Rica's Undersecretary of Peace, Dolce Umansor, to discuss peace. To them, Chairman Lee said, “One plus one is two,” and asked for advice for peace, saying, “I must gain wisdom from heaven, and I am trying to achieve peace with the same mind by gaining wisdom from everyone in the world.”

On November 13, 2013, after the report on Channel 13, a Costa Rican public broadcaster, the 38th First Lady of Costa Rica, Estrella Celedon Lisano (second from the top right), and Thomas Klopp Markar, head of department at the UN Peace University in Costa Rica (first from the top right) ), Costa Rica's Deputy Minister for Peace, Dolce Umansor (front row, pink), watched the broadcast and visited Chairman Lee to discuss peace.


Saturday, November 12, 2022

[HWPL] HWPL Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (14): Remembering the lessons of the Korean War onboard SS Meredith Victory and becoming one with the Maya peoples through ‘peace’


[HWPL] HWPL Peace Tours of Man-hee Lee (14): Remembering the lessons of the Korean War onboard SS Meredith Victory and becoming one with the Maya peoples through ‘peace’

On November 6, 2013, upon the visit of Chairman Lee to the municipality of Chuarrancho, Guatemala, where the Mayan peoples live, a Mayan leader greets Chairman Lee with a handshake and a pat on the shoulder, and presents Chairman Lee with a white Panama hat and bag with the spirit of the people. This is the most respected kind of greeting in Mayan culture

Chairman Man-hee Lee speaks during the Peace Seminar on board the SS Meredith Victory anchored in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay on November 1, 2013

On May 25, 2013, Chairman Lee proclaimed the Declaration of World Peace and launched a global peace movement through the founding of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL). In particular, on November 1 of the same year, during his 7th Peace Tour, Chairman Lee visited SS Meredith Victory, anchored in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay.

SS Meredith Victory, known for its evacuation of UN forces and Korean civilians at anchor off of Hungnam during the Korean War, now operates as a maritime museum where one can experience a glimpse of the past. Chairman Lee, who also served as a veteran of the Korean War as a young student soldier, held a peace seminar on that same day to an audience of 50 youth group heads, 500 youth, 100 distinguished guests, and 50 media outlets.

Chairman Lee is greeted by locals enroute to SS Meredith Victory anchored in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay on November 1, 2013

Witnessing the deaths of his fellow countrymen in the Korean War, Chairman Lee pledged to achieve peace and liberation for his people and the world. He publicly exclaimed, “Should a young person die in war, robbed of the opportunity to live? Who is going to compensate for the death of that youth? Will you give them life again?” He has brought out many like questions regarding the cessation of war for the human race.

At the peace event, Chairman Lee also emphasized that “wars must end” and “the peace that both heaven and the world desire must be fulfilled.” Chairman Lee shouted chants of “world peace” to the attendees onboard, whose response of “We Can Do It” resounded throughout the ship. Dutch Captain Hubert von Lettberg, who participated in the Korean War, was present and received great attention from the local media.

During the Peace Seminar held at SS Meredith Victory anchored in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay on November 1, 2013, Chairman Man-her Lee shakes hands with Jim Dear, Mayor of the City of Carson, Los Angeles, who was a distinguished guest at the event

More than 100 people, including Maya peace activist Jose Munoz, Mayor Jim Dear of the City of Carson, Vice Consul General Julio Calderon of El Salvador, and Miss Los Angeles Annalisa Matias, attended the event. Maya peace activist Jose Munoz said with regards to Chairman Lee's message, "I was surprised to witness the energy and humility of Chairman Lee. His message massively inspired me."

Mayor Jim Dear of the City of Carson, who attended the event, joined the HWPL Peace Movement, followed by Mayor Albert Robles, who, on June 4, 2018, declared the 'City of Carson Proclamation in Recognition of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) Awareness Week' from June 9-15 2018. The following year, he attended the Los Angeles Peace Conference hosted by HWPL.

On November 1, 2013, the participants at the Peace Seminar held on SS Meredith Victory anchored in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay respond to the shout of “World Peace” by Chairman Lee with chants of “We Can Do It”, fists clenched in pledge

During this peace tour, there was an individual who came to see Chairman Lee in Guatemala on the 4th November: Santos Mapadora, the leader of one of the 22 Mayan tribes.

After meeting with Chairman Lee, he contacted him later that day. And on the next day, on the 5th, he introduced Chairman Lee to Carlos Enrique Batzín Chojoj, Minister of Culture and Sport of Guatemala, who was also a key representative of the Maya tribe. He even prepared his own gift to give to Chairman Lee.

Chairman Lee, during his visit to Guatemala on November 5, 2013, is taking a commemorative photo with Carlos Enrique Batzín Chojoj, Minister of Culture and Sport of Guatemala, who also leads one of the Mayan tribes

Minister Carlos Chojoj met with Chairman Lee and said, "Many countries in Latin America, as well as Guatemala, are eager for peace.” After the meeting, Chairman Lee and Minister Carlos Chojoj signed a peace agreement. This was the first peace agreement in the history of the Maya peoples.

Afterwards, a meeting was held with Mayan leaders, in which Chairman Lee was informed that the Mayan people had been eagerly awaiting a meeting with the 'Peace Messenger'. Chairman Lee immediately coordinated his schedule and visited the municipality of Chuarrancho, home to the Mayan people. The Mayan village is located at an altitude of 1350m above sea level. Upon hearing the news of Chairman Lee's visit, the residents gathered in one place in preparation for a peace festival. The Maya tribesmen dressed in traditional costumes and held flower poles, greeting the Chairman with the most hospitable treatment.

Chairman Lee meets with Mayan village leaders during a tour of Guatemala on November 6, 2013

Chairman Lee's peace movement became known throughout Guatemala through interviews with Azteca Guatemala, Guatevisión, and Canal 7 (Guatemala).

Meanwhile, a Peace Walk was held at El Trompo (Trompo Interactive Museum) in Tijuana, Mexico. As the procession of the peace walk, which started at the museum, entered the city of Tijuana, passersby joined the procession, making the procession longer and more spectacular. After the peace walk, booths were installed to allow citizens to register with HWPL.

“I believe that our duty today is to carry out this movement for peace”, said Chairman Lee. “This peace movement will be left as a legacy for future generations, and in the future, many people will live in peace and this path will shine in history.”

On November 6, 2013, Chairman Lee visited the municipality of Chuarrancho, which is populated by Mayan people, after the tribe head said that the Mayan people had been waiting for the messenger of peace. Villagers are dressed in traditional attire as they listen to Chairman Lee's message of peace

On November 6, 2013, Chairman Lee visited the municipality of Chuarrancho, which is populated by Mayan people, after the tribe head said that the Mayan people had been waiting for the messenger of peace. Mayan residents listen as Chairman Lee proclaims a message of peace