Tuesday, May 17, 2022

[HWPL] “Impressed by Chairman Lee’s Peace Movement”: Leader of the Anglican Church of South Africa Awards 'Lifetime Achievement Award' and Appreciation Plaque to HWPL

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[HWPL] “Impressed by Chairman Lee’s Peace Movement”: Leader of the Anglican Church of South Africa Awards 'Lifetime Achievement Award' and Appreciation Plaque to HWPL 


Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on Chairman Lee by the South African Religious Forum and delivered by Bishop Templeton Mbekwa, in recognition of Chairman Lee's movements for peace

Appreciation plaque conferred on Chairman Lee by the South African Religious Forum, delivered by Bishop Templeton Mbekwa


Any religious leader will tell you how difficult it is to voluntarily devote one's life for the sake of the peace of humanity without receiving a penny for it. Moreover, the reality of peace can seem a distant dream when inter-religious dialogue is at loggerheads because of differing doctrine and beliefs. For this reason, it is also a fact that many faith leaders have made efforts to attain peace, but have not yielded tangible results.

That is why faith leaders, who seek and long for inter-religious peace, keep their eyes and ears open to new ways of achieving religious peace and work accordingly to bear fruits of peace for mankind. Such individuals cannot help but be taken aback upon hearing of the accomplishments of Man-hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), and his peace delegation. People who meet Chairman Lee, who continues to deliver commanding messages about peace at over 90 years of age during his world peace tours, bow respectfully.

Anglican pastor and Chairperson of the South African Religious Forum Bishop Templeton Mbekwa delivers the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' and Appreciation Plaque to Chairman Man-hee Lee in person on August 13, 2018. Bishop Mbekwa also delivered Chairman Lee a gift on that day

Bishop Templeton Mbekwa, an Anglican pastor and Chairperson of the South African Religious Forum, did the same. Bishop Mbekwa recorded Chairman Lee's peace achievements onto a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' and Appreciation Plaque, which he presented to Chairman Lee in person, as an expression of gratitude.

The achievements of HWPL, from 2010 to August 2018, were listed in order on the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' as follows: ▲Proclamation of the Declaration of Unification on August 15, 2010 ▲Proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace on May 25, 2013 ▲Supervised the Mindanao Catholic-Islam Peace Agreement Ceremony and Peace Walk on January 24, 2014 ▲Hosted the WARP Summit four times, from 2014 to 2017 inclusive ▲Hosted the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War on March 14, 2016 (DPCW, 10 Articles 38 Clauses) ▲ 29 World Peace Tours from 2012 to 2018. 

The 'Lifetime Achievement Award' was conferred on Chairman Lee in recognition of 5 years of service towards humanity for advocating peace and cessation of war.

The appreciation plaque delivered by Bishop Mbekwa specifically recognised Chairman Lee's 5-year service to peace from 2013-2018.

Bishop Templeton Mbekwa is a member of the Anglican Church of South Africa and is well-known as a community leader. He served as Pastor of the African National Congress in the Western Cape, and established a ministry within the ANC. Bishop Mbekwa is conducting a social reconciliation initiative under the administration of the South African government, working with global Christian organizations and youth, and spreading peace through inter-religious activities.

He came into contact with HWPL in South Africa in 2018, when he attended an HWPL conference on March 14 that year in Cape Town, followed by the anniversary of the May 25th Declaration of World Peace. Afterwards, Bishop Mbekwa persuaded officials of the South African Religious Forum to create an achievement award to be conferred on Chairman Lee on behalf of the organization. In addition, during the HWPL peace tour, about 100 religious forum representatives were introduced to HWPL, and Bishop Mbekwa continued to participate in HWPL's peace events, actively supporting Chairman Lee's peace movement. He also secured an MOU between the South African Religious Forum and HWPL.

The ‘African Leaders of Peace Summit: Interfaith Scripture Dialogue’ is in progress at The Westin Cape Town, South Africa, on August 13, 2018. At the forum, South African faith leaders presented a plaque of appreciation, achievement award and gift to Chairman Lee

On the day the Lifetime Achievement Award and Appreciation Plaque were delivered, Chairman Man-hee Lee and his peace delegation were attending the  ‘African Leaders of Peace Summit: Interfaith Scripture Dialogue' at Westin Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of the peace tour itinerary.

HWPL's WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Peace) Office is founded on the belief that the only way to end religiously-motivated conflict is to become one under trustworthy scriptures, and it operates an inter-religious Scripture Comparison dialogue, which is gaining global recognition. As of December 2020, 253 WARP offices operate in 129 countries.

Chairman Man-Hee Lee, who was a keynote speaker at the forum on that day, shared his thoughts about the peace process. Chairman Lee asserted, “Heaven is a witness to the fact that this work of peace is being carried out for the sake of humanity, and the earth is also witnessing it.” He continued with a special request, saying, “Religious leaders gathered here today: please make sure you compare your scriptures and engage in dialogue. I really hope you can become people who show grace and lead others onto the right path.”

People of faith who attended Chairman Lee's impeccable lecture responded enthusiastically. When Chairman Lee's lecture concluded, these people of faith, who filled the forum, cheered on as they all rose to their feet from their seats, raised their index fingers to the skies, smiled brightly and shouted 'WE ARE ONE'. The forum became a place of peace where the boundaries of religion were eradicated and everyone was united.

24 media outlets from 13 African countries participated in the follow-up press conference, where they reported extensively to local people. In response to a local reporter's question about the destination of HWPL's peace movement, Chairman Lee emphasized, "The only destination is the end of all wars and the achievement of peace."

Peace!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

[HWPL] South African Girls' High School Awards ‘Certificate of Gratitude and Recognition' to HWPL for “Spreading a Culture of Peace”

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[HWPL] South African Girls' High School Awards ‘Certificate of Gratitude and Recognition' to HWPL for “Spreading a Culture of Peace”


A plaque of appreciation delivered to Chairman Lee from Holy Cross (Girls) High School, in recognition of HWPL's contribution to peace education

The peace education of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), which is spreading a new culture of peace, is taking root in South African schools as an eternal legacy for future generations. Moved by HWPL's sincerity for peace, schools have signed an MOU and are conducting peace education on a trial basis.

One such school is Holy Cross (Girls) High School in Aitland, Cape Town, South Africa. On August 13, 2018, Principal at Holy Cross Michael Fouché delivered a plaque of appreciation to Chairman Man-hee Lee, in person, at the 'African Leaders of Peace Summit: Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime'.

Principal at Holy Cross (Girls') High School Michael Fouché signs an MOU with HWPL, appoints Chairman Lee as Honorary Principal, and delivers Chairman Lee a 'Certificate of Gratitude and Recognition' on August 13, 2018

Principal Fouché wrote on the Certificate of Gratitude and Recognition, “In gratitude for his outstanding contribution to creating peace value education”, and he also delivered this appreciation plaque to Chairman Lee, whom he appointed the school's Honorary Principal.

On that day, 11 South African schools, including Holy Cross (Girls') High School, signed an MOU with HWPL for peace education. In addition to Holy Cross School, other representatives in attendance were from Grosvenor Primary School, Lasersdal, Rosewood Primary School, Lizback, Boundary Primary School, Mimosa Primary School, and Arcadia Elementary School, Bontle Primary School, and Modderdam High School.

At the event, Chairman Lee delivered a speech and said, “Even in this world, empty and dark as night without love or peace, and all kinds of conflict, we believe that we can transform and make it into a world of peace through education. It would be great if we could create a new world with life-giving light, truth, and peace with thorough and beautiful education.”

“The teacher becomes a parent who has the child born again by instilling sound knowledge in his or her mind,” he said.

This message encapsulates the basic direction of peace education promoted by HWPL, transcending creed, race, ideology and border in order to establish a culture of peace for future generations. As of December 2020, 214 educational institutions in 34 countries have signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with HWPL for Peace Education, and it is being implemented.

HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee (pictured above) delivers a keynote speech during the ‘African Leaders of Peace Summit: Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime' at The Westin Cape Town, South Africa, on August 13, 2018

Holy Cross (Girls') High School has been working steadily with HWPL since 2017, one year after Principal Fouché took office.

In May 2017, Principal Fouché conducted an HWPL pilot program on campus and authorised the appointment of a peace coordinator. He also arranged a staff meeting for the HWPL Peace Education team to present their vision and peace education curriculum to all staff on campus. Ms. Michelle Arendse, who was appointed as a peace educator, enabled the implementation of HWPL peace education in class.

Principal Fouché secured the participation of school peace educators at the WARP Summit in Seoul, Korea, in September 2017. In 2018, the following year, the HWPL Peace Education Team participated in a faculty development seminar and was invited to conduct a workshop on ways to implement peace education within the curriculum.

In addition, a “special peace week” was designated, focused on ways students can share and live out peace based on its values.

Furthermore, in celebration of the 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace held in Cape Town, South Africa, 30 students from the school participated and a banner was prepared. Then, in August, when the HWPL peace delegation visited South Africa on their 29th peace tour, Principal Fouché and peace educator Michelle Arendse held peace discussions with HWPL and proposed delivering a letter of appreciation to Chairman Lee.

A commemorative photo is taken of teachers and students of Holy Cross (Girls') High School after the 5th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit on September 10, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa

A culture of peace was thereafter spread in the school under Principal Fouché's full support for HWPL.

In March 2019, an HWPL pilot peace education program was held in the school, and teachers and students later participated in the May 25th commemorative event in May that year, in which one student read out a peace letter to the audience at the beginning of the event. Moreover, 116 school students wrote and sent peace letters to President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, urging him to support the DPCW. Students participated in the IWPG Loving-Peace Art Contest held in July and received a special commendation in the final.

The school has created and nurtured a special peace garden on the school grounds. In September 2018, teachers including Michelle Arendse attended the 9.18 WARP Summit held in South Africa. The event was also broadcast live on the same day as the main event held in Korea.

Students express their support for the enactment of HWPL's DPCW as international law by handwriting letters to the president urging for his support. The DPCW aims to end war and spread a culture of peace.

In January 2020, before the school closed due to COVID-19, teachers conducted a course on peace education at the school. In June and August, educator Michelle Arendse and two staff members participated as panelists at an online webinar hosted by HWPL. In September, three faculty members attended the online event 'Peace Messengers: The Unceasing Way Forward for Sustainable Peace', hosted by HWPL South Africa. 

In February of this year, Michelle Arendse attended the Youth Empowerment Peace Workshop (YEPW) hosted by IPYG, and presented a case study on HWPL Peace Values in Africa.

Emblem of Holy Cross (Girls') High School


Peace!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

[HWPL] Appreciation Plaque from Member of Parliament of Malaysia: “I was moved by Chairman Man-hee Lee’s dedication to humanity”

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[HWPL] Appreciation Plaque from Member of Parliament of Malaysia:  “I was moved by Chairman Man-hee Lee’s dedication to humanity”


Peace Appreciation plaque, with national landmarks engraved on it, was presented to Chairman Lee on behalf of the Government of Malaysia by Member of Parliament Karupaiya Mutusami, in recognition of Chairman Lee's commitment to peace for humanity.

Any politician with a sincere desire for peace for the people of their country cannot turn a blind eye to the 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the DPCW (Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War), which HWPL has drafted and propagated as a solution for ending global conflict and achieving peace. At the very least, we should look into its content, and if our thought and will is one and the same, there is no reason not to join and support it. What follows is the story of Karupaiya Mutusami, a member and Chairman of Padang Serai of the People's Justice Party (PKR) in Malaysia, who is highly reputed as 'Member of Parliament for the citizens’.

As someone with a long-term interest in the work of peace, Karupaiya Mutusami could not help but marvel at the activities of Chairman Man-hee Lee and his peace delegation, who have been pressing for peace through 30 world peace tours to date.

Member of Parliament of Malaysia Karupaiya Mutusami, who attended the '2019 Southeast Asia Peace Forum' as an international guest, delivers a plaque of appreciation to Chairman Lee.

Assemblyman Mutusami gladly accepted the invitation to the ‘2019 Southeast Asia Peace Forum’ held at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, Cambodia, on February 21, 2019, during HWPL's 30th Peace Tour. He also expressed recognition for what he had learnt from Chairman Lee, a devotee to world peace, through an appreciation plaque which was engraved with the national landmarks of Malaysia. He was able to fully engage with the peace projects and values propagated by HWPL through presentations he heard delivered by HWPL officials at the forum.

He also sympathised with the necessity of submitting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the UN for enactment as international law. He immediately signed in support of the DPCW and witnessed firsthand the longing for peace among the youth of Southeast Asia.

A commemorative photo of participants following the signing of a peace agreement at the ‘2019 Southeast Asia Peace Forum’ at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, Cambodia ,on February 21, 2019

This was due, in no small part, to a special feature that was held at the event. Southeast Asian youth who attended the forum wrote and delivered handwritten letters, in support of the DPCW, to the leading representatives of each country in attendance, including government officials and parliamentarians of nine Southeast Asian countries. HWPL seized this golden opportunity to unite high-ranking officials and youth for the cause of peace. Leading officials immediately responded in kind, in writing, through writing their own letter, signed with a determination not to ignore the voices of the youth. In addition, the leading officials of Southeast Asian nations signed their support for the DPCW. All these activities were reported through the local media and their promises have been recorded in history.

That day, HWPL appealed for support of the 10 Articles, 38 Clauses of the DPCW as they urged people from all walks of life, including youth, faith leaders, NGO heads, and women around the world, to write handwritten letters of peace to their respective heads of state to inform them of the will of the people for peace through the DPCW.

On that day, Southeast Asian youth wrote handwritten letters, expressing their wish for peace through support of the DPCW, and delivered it to high-ranking officials from nine countries in attendance. They also gave a peace performance with Chairman Lee.

HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee delivered a keynote speech on that day, saying, “I have come here today with the intention of making a very strong request. Culture and science today has advanced, but science is threatening the existence of humanity. Now there is one answer that can end wars and achieve peace. It is the 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the DPCW.” In addition, Chairman Lee said, "A lot of students, youth and women have sent numerous letters (to high-level officials) to every country." With strong conviction, he said, "Who elect ministers and politicians? Isn't it the people? Then, the will of the people must be respected. Now that we have the answer, every leader in this global village must take heed and achieve peace.”

In an interview with local media after the event, Chairman Lee also said, “Presidents in each country are receiving 10,000, 20,000, or 100,000 handwritten letters from many young people. It's time for you to sign in support of it. Those who don't sign it will expose their desire for war. An entire nation won't just stand by if one decides not to support it."

Chairman Lee's sincere appeal was enough to stir Assemblyman Mutusami into action. Mr. Mutusami has continued to advise and support HWPL's activities since that peace tour.

Karupaiya Mutusami is a member and Chairman of Padang Serai of the People's Justice Party (PKR), which rivals the current ruling party.

Member of Parliament of Malaysia Karupaiya Mutusami (right) attends the '2019 Southeast Asia Peace Forum' as a guest

Peace!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

[HWPL] Royal Bafokeng Nation in South Africa Proclaims ‘HWPL Day’, hosts Peace Monument ceremony and confers Certificate of Honour on Chairman Lee

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[HWPL] Royal Bafokeng Nation in South Africa Proclaims ‘HWPL Day’, hosts Peace Monument ceremony and confers Certificate of Honour on Chairman Lee


Royal Bafokeng Nation (South Africa), which signed a peace treaty with HWPL, officially declared May 25th 'HWPL Day' on March 28, 2015

A Certificate of Honour conferred on Chairman Lee by Queen Mother Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, in recognition of Chairman Lee's commitment to peace through his world peace tours

The WARP Summit, which was hosted in September 2014 by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), included numerous performances and was attended by about 200,000 people from all over the world, informing and inspiring participants about peace. The following year, on March 28, 2015, the 'Royal Bafokeng Nation Peace Festival’ was held in Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa, by Semane Molotlegi, Queen of the Bafokeng Kingdom, who had attended the WARP Summit. On behalf of Royal Bafokeng Nation, Queen Mother Molotlegi conferred a 'Certificate of Honour' on Chairman Lee, who had inspired a deeper enthusiasm for peace, and 'HWPL Day' was also proclaimed.

Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi confers a 'Certificate of Honour' on Chairman Lee, during his 17th peace tour, in Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa, on March 28, 2015, in recognition of his commitment to world peace


The Declaration of the Royal Bafokeng Nation Proclamation was signed and May 25th was designated 'HWPL Day' for posterity. Queen Mother Molotlegi delivered this peace agreement, whose content highlighted HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee's contribution to the development and prosperity of mankind through his commitment to world peace transcending race, border, creed and culture.

The Declaration, which was issued on behalf of the Royal Bafokeng Nation by the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s Cabinet Ministers’ Committee, praised the peace activities of HWPL and Chairman Lee and stated, “Hereby proclaim May 25th of each year as Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light Day or HWPL Day in the Royal Bafokeng Nation.”

The Royal Bafokeng Nation’s Cabinet Ministers’ Committee evaluated: “The philosophy of HWPL is centered on the concept of 'heavenly culture'. The heavenly culture serves to unite humanity through love and tolerance, while holding life itself as its highest value.” The Declaration also stated: ''HWPL believes in the support of the development of communities through cultural programs, volunteerism, and youth activities, and HWPL participates in the national events of World Peace in big and small ways, they are not limited to one country, language or religion.''

In response to an official invitation by the Royal Bafokeng Nation, Chairman Lee delivers a commemorative speech at the 'Royal Bafokeng Nation Peace Festival’ in South Africa on March 28, 2015. Chairman Lee and his peace delegation visited the Royal Bafokeng Nation during their 17th peace tour

Regarding Chairman Man-hee Lee, the Declaration reads, “In his desire to unite the people around the world, Mr. Lee has traveled to 60 countries in 3 years spreading his message of humanitarianism and peace.”

Queen Mother Molotlegi expressed her admiration for Chairman Lee's peace activities by conferring a Certificate of Honour on him. She said, “I recognize that he has contributed to the national development and prosperity of mankind with a spirit of exceptional compassion and dedication for world peace and well-being that transcends race, border, creed and culture. In order to brighten up the world, I am conferring this award on Man-hee Lee, the Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light”. She also expressed her wish, saying, “I hope that he will continue to inspire and empower people to bring peace to the world.”

Participants are in good cheer during a commemorative speech which, upon an official request by the Royal Bafokeng Nation, was delivered by Chairman Lee at the 'Royal Bafokeng Nation Peace Festival’ in South Africa on March 28, 2015. Chairman Lee and his peace delegation visited the Royal Bafokeng Nation during their 17th peace tour

The initial meeting between Queen Mother Molotlegi and Chairman Lee took place at the WARP Summit hosted by HWPL in Korea in September 2014. During that event, inspired by the idea that 'peace can be achieved', Queen Mother Molotlegi spoke about peace during the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) conference, with women leaders from around the world in attendance. In particular, it was the keynote speech by Chairman Lee on peace, and the evident spirit of oneness among attendees, that instilled in Queen Mother Molotlegi a significant interest for HWPL's peace movement. She was later appointed on the IWPG Advisory Board that same year.

When Queen Molotlegi was informed that HWPL would be visiting South Africa on a peace tour in March 2015, she acted on her experiences at the WARP Summit and masterminded the ‘Royal Bafokeng Nation Peace Festival’. She invited Chairman Lee - who was on his 17th peace tour - to the Royal Bafokeng Nation where she publicly expressed her recognition of his 16 overseas tours for world peace and the cessation of war. At this event, the Royal Bafokeng Nation not only introduced HWPL, signed a Peace Agreement and Declaration, but also erected a Peace Monument.

Chairman Lee and Queen Mother Semane Bonolo Molotlegi are in joyful celebration during the unveiling ceremony of a peace monument held in recognition of HWPL's peace endeavours, in the Royal Bafokeng Nation, on March 28, 2015

At that time, Queen Molotlegi expressed her heart, saying, "I was very moved after attending the WARP Summit in Korea last year, but I couldn't explain it all in words to the people of South Africa, so I invited HWPL here."

Queen Molotlegi also attended the subsequent Annual Commemorations of the WARP Summit after attending the opening WARP Summit in September 2014. During the 1st and 2nd Annual Commemorations of the WARP Summit in 2015 and 2016, she delivered presentations at IWPG conferences. After that, she collaborated with HWPL year on year and engaged in peace discussions with Chairman Lee during his 29th peace tour to South Africa in 2018.

Peace!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

[HWPL] The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao, Philippines, Awards Plaque of Appreciation to HWPL: “Thank you for contributing to the success of the Mindanao Peace Treaty and International Peace Conference"

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[HWPL] The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao, Philippines, Awards Plaque of Appreciation to HWPL: “Thank you for contributing to the success of the Mindanao Peace Treaty and International Peace Conference”

Plaque of appreciation delivered to Chairman Lee by Chairman Ebrahim following the 'HWPL Peace Monument Unveiling Ceremony’


On January 24, 2016, a special event was held in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines during the 24th Peace Tour of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man-hee Lee).

In commemoration of the Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement signed by HWPL and the indigenous Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on January 24, 2014, the 'HWPL Peace Monument Unveiling Ceremony’ and designation of ‘HWPL Day’ was held. On this day, Al-hajj Murad Ebrahim, chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, delivered a heartfelt plaque of appreciation to Chairman Lee.

The plaque of appreciation reads, 'Thank you for having successfully initiated the conduct of International Peace Summit in support to the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) Peace Process held at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.' On that day, Chairman Ebrahim drew attention by fashioning a sickle, an agricultural tool, which, along with a plaque of appreciation, was gifted to Chairman Lee as an expression and wish for peace and the end to conflict.

On the occasion of the 2nd Anniversary of the 'Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement' that was mediated by HWPL Chairman Man-Hee Lee, the second HWPL Peace Monument in the Philippines was shown to the public through the 'HWPL Peace Monument Unveiling Ceremony’ on January 24, 2016 at the base of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines. Attendees at the unveiling ceremony cheer on.


After peace discussions held with Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro in 2013, HWPL held a civilian peace agreement ceremony between Catholics and Muslims on January 24, 2014. To ensure that the ceremony did not conclude with a merely superficial signed commitment by both parties for the cessation of conflict, HWPL followed up with a campaign to establish a culture of peace within the region. To this end, a peace monument was established at the center of the conflict, and 'HWPL Peace Day' was designated to remind local citizens of the peace agreement. Moreover, a peace agreement ceremony was held with the heads of local peace organizations, and through various media interviews, these events were etched into human history. As such, HWPL had continually taken steps to achieve peace in Mindanao.

Chairman Ebrahim was instrumental in making peace a reality through his sizeable efforts. HWPL, who embarked on a peace movement after signing a peace treaty with the private sector, learned of Chairman Ebrahim's will and hope for peace. HWPL proved to him that peace is not just a dream.

It allowed Chairman Ebrahim to witness the reality of peace before his eyes. HWPL invited Chairman Ebrahim to a ceremony to commemorate the 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit held in Korea in September 2015. At this event, Chairman Ebrahim was inspired with hope witnessing people all over the world coming together as one under the mantle of ‘peace’, transcending creed, race, border and ideology. Chairman Ebrahim attended with his wife and daughter, secretary and younger brother, who also shared this sentiment.

Following the 'HWPL Peace Monument Unveiling Ceremony’, a peace agreement was held at the base of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines, on January 24, 2016, to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the 'Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement'.

Seizing the opportunity, Chairman Ebrahim pledged to participate in HWPL's work of peace with full commitment. Since then, the Mindanao peace project he collaborated on has gone smoothly. On January 24, 2016, during HWPL's 24th Peace Tour, Chairman Ebrahim invited Chairman Lee and his peace delegation to the Moro Islamic Autonomous Region (MILF) camp near Cotabato City in the Philippines. Upon Chairman Lee's visit, every citizen in Cotabato took to the streets to welcome the Day of Peace. HWPL Peace Day was celebrated by the Governor of Maguindanao Esmael G. Mangudadatu, who is under the direct jurisdiction of the President of the Philippines, Philippines' Chief Peace Negotiator, and MILF Chief Peace Negotiator.

On that day, a peace monument was established at the center of the MILF camp, and Chairman Ebrahim designated January 24th 'HWPL Peace Day' as a promise to cooperate for the work of peace. Numerous media reporters in attendance requested a follow-up press conference, and this all became a new history.

After the ‘HWPL Peace Monument Unveiling Ceremony’ on January 24, 2016, Chairman Ebrahim presented an iron-sculpted sickle to Chairman Man-hee Lee as an expression of his desire to ‘make weapons into tools for life’.

At that time, the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) had been passed.

On this day, the MILF camp promised to melt their weapons and convert them into tools for farming and peace monuments necessary for life. Chairman Ebrahim delivered a gift sealed with the promise to put what he had learnt from Chairman Lee into practice. The gift presented was an iron-sculpted sickle used to harvest grain.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was enacted in August 2018 when President Duterte finally signed the bill. The Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement by a Korean peace activist came to complete fruition 4.5 years later.


Peace!