By Francis Wakefield
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) unveiled last September 28, 2018, its “Peace Quilt” in Davao City, to show the collective aspirations of peace from different stakeholders.
“Each piece of the quilt sewn together symbolizes the work we are doing in bridging and healing divides and mending the torn fabric of our society,” OPAPP Assistant Secretary Rolando Asuncion said.
The Peace Quilt is a visualization of the various peace stakeholders’ commitment and how they will contribute to achieve these aspirations.
Civil society organizations, the academe, religious sector, local and international non-government organizations, and national and local government agencies contributed to the creation of the quilt, which was sewn together to form a much larger piece.
The Peace Quilt contains statements such as “The peaceful are the powerful” and “Peace through inclusive dialogues” as well as artworks and symbolism representing indigenous groups, Moros, and Christians.
Messages of peace were also weaved into the quilt as a unique way of articulating the common goal of peace amidst diversity.
“The Peace Quilt is the people’s collective aspiration for a peaceful, secured, dignified and bountiful life,” Asuncion said.
The quilt formed part of the culmination of the month-long celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month on September 28. This year’s theme was “Mithiing Kapayapaan, Sama-Samang Isakatuparan.”