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[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (48): Philippine Support, “Let’s Achieve World Peace with HWPL”


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (48): Philippine Support, “Let’s Achieve World Peace with HWPL”

On January 25, 2016, the HWPL Peace Academy Designation Ceremony was held at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, attended by around 5,000 elementary and high school principals, faculty members, and students who will implement peace education in the future

Man-hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, signed an MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) at the HWPL Peace Academy Designation Ceremony at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College on January 25, 2016. He is delivering a message at the ceremony.

Man-hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), has begun to expand peace education to the international level in earnest in order to pass down peace as a legacy to future generations.

Earlier, after Chairman Lee drew out the Mindanao Civil Peace Agreement on January 24, 2014, HWPL and local residents carried out a peace education project to establish a culture of peace. As the first fruit of that effort, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College became the first HWPL Peace Academy among the higher education institutions in the Philippines.

On January 25, 2016, while the HWPL Peace Academy Designation Ceremony was held, students welcomed a vehicle carrying Chairman Lee and his peace delegation

On January 25, 2016, Chairman Lee, who was on his 24th Peace Tour, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the designation of an HWPL Peace School at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, where about 10,000 students are enrolled. After the signing ceremony, the HWPL Peace Academy Designation ceremony was held with about 5,000 elementary and high school principals, faculty members, and students who will implement peace education in the future. Nearby elementary and high school principals who attended the event also signed the Peace Academy resolution, and 18 schools became HWPL Peace Academies.

Regarding this, Chairman Lee said, “Just as trees bloom and bear fruit when the time comes, the era of peace has now come to the global village. Let's all become messengers of peace and together achieve a world of peace for the will of Heaven and the hope of mankind."

The then College President of Cotabato City State Polytechnic College Dammang Bantala said, “There should be peace programs in all subjects so that children know the need for peace. The Philippines supports HWPL. If there are people in Korea who have not participated (with HWPL), I hope that they work together with HWPL to achieve peace in the global village."

On January 26, 2016, Chairman Lee held a peace agreement meeting with the 11 Davao tribes at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City, and tribal leaders signed the peace agreement

A culture of peace spread one after another in Mindanao, Philippines. Chairman Lee visited Davao City Museum in Mindanao following a peace agreement meeting with the 11 tribes of Davao at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao on January 26. Davao City Museum prepared a space called ‘Peace Hall’ to hold a special exhibition on HWPL’s peace activities in Mindanao. On the second floor of the museum, all of Chairman Lee's steps for peace were displayed, which were approved by the City of Davao. Orly Escarrilla, Director of Davao City Museum, awarded Chairman Lee with the Peace Museum Appreciation Plaque, promising permanent exhibition and preservation.

Chairman Lee also visited Davao City Library and inspected the site furnished with HWPL pictures and DVDs. Officer-in-charge of the City Library Pedrita Badar said, "We are very happy that our library has been selected as an HWPL Peace Library in Davao. The booklet and DVD will be on permanent display.”

Then, Chairman Lee met Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (later president), and Duterte promised, "We will always agree and work together for anything that achieves world peace, whether it is large or small."

Chairman Lee met Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (later president) on January 26, 2016 and appointed him as an advisor to HWPL

Afterwards, Chairman Lee met with Alem Jamal Munib, Executive Director of Madrasah Comprehensive Development and Promotion Program, to seek ways to cooperate in peace education. Chairman Lee said, “Now that peace education is being conducted and schools have adopted the name ‘peace’, students will naturally develop an awareness of peace.”

Alem Jamal Munib, executive director, said, “After learning the meaning of HWPL today, I realized that it is heading in the same direction as Islam.” He promised to send to HWPL photos of 49 schools for possible designation as HWPL peace schools. Accordingly, 49 schools in Davao City following Cotabato City were designated as HWPL Peace Schools.

Chairman Lee, who moved from Mindanao to Manila, had a conversation with Muna Malari, Dean of Tarlac State University, at Tarlac Cathedral's Convent on January 27th. Tarlac State University is the flagship academic institution of higher education in the evaluation of academic performance in the Philippines, and the former president of the Philippines Benigno Aquino is also a graduate of this school.

Dean Malari said, “It is really good to hear about Chairman Lee’s peace work. I believe that peace will soon come because of Chairman Lee.” Afterwards, an MOA was signed between HWPL and Tarlac State University. As a result, 70 schools in the Philippines were designated as HWPL peace schools through the 24th Peace Tour.

“I am very happy and honored that Tarlac State University was chosen as a peace academy among many universities,” said Dean Muna Malari. “It is not only for peace in the Philippines, but also for peace worldwide.”

Attendees are listening to Chairman Lee's message at the Philippine WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Office) meeting held on January 28, 2016

Chairman Lee remained committed to working for religious unity. On January 28th, he attended the Filipino WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Peace) office meeting at Manila Bible Society in Manila, where leaders of the Protestant, Catholic, Islamic and Hindu faiths gathered. That meeting was purposed to share what had been realized through the comparison of scriptures conducted by the WARP Office in that past year and to outline future activities.

Chairman Lee said, “Religious leaders: religions can become one only when scriptures become one through the comparison and verification of the scriptures. If one has a pearl that one loves the most, but there is something better, wouldn't it be better to change it?”

He emphasized, “If you compare the scriptures, you will know which has trustworthy evidence.”

Islamic religious leader Shariff Ibrahim Albani (Founding Chairman and President of Unity for Revival Foundation) met with Chairman Lee separately. He said, "As a Muslim, I was very grateful to hear that Chairman attended the M.I.L.F (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) event on January 24." He presented the firearm that his ancestors had used to Chairman Lee, expressing his wish for an end to the conflict.

Meanwhile, Chairman Lee met boxer Manny Pacquiao (Congressman of the Philippines) in Mindanao and appointed him as an HWPL Publicity Ambassador. Manny Pacquiao said, “I pay my respects to Chairman Lee for his work for peace, not only in Korea but also around the world.”


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