Miriam College, through the Center for Peace, organized the Mindanao Solidarity and World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 5-9, 2018. The yearly activity aims to promote respect, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity and raise awareness about issues in Mindanao with the hope of generating support for the peace process and for those affected by armed violence. All units of the institution worked together to raise funds for students of MC’s twin school, Rajah Muda High School in Pikit, Cotabato, and to support other peace-related causes.
The celebration opened with a forum on the theme, "Celebrating the Love of God and Love of Neighbor for the Common Good" on February 5 with speakers Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace and Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman. They focused on two significant and challenging peace issues—gun violence and the Mindanao peace process—and connected these with interfaith perspectives which uphold the values of love and nonviolence. More than 200 participants from the various units of Miriam College and MC's twin school, the Rajah Muda National High School (RMNHS) of Pikit, North Cotabato attended.
This forum was followed by a joint peacebuilding workshop participated in by the Peace Clubs of both schools, MC-Pax Christi and Raja Muda’s "Suara No Kalilintad" or "Voices of Peace". The activities included teambuilding, Muslim-Christian dialogue and relationship-building, as well as interaction sessions with students of the Middle and High school and SAID. The students of RMNHS capped their visit to MC with a historical and cultural tour of Manila.
The week was also highlighted with activities in the different units. The Child Study Center sold more than 2,000 Muffins for Peace while the MC Lower School held its annual “I Scream for Peace” and went around serenading administrators, faculty, and students to drum up support for the activity.
The MC Middle School had a “blockbuster” Lugawan Para sa Mindanao with administrators and faculty selling and serving the porridge to students themselves. The MC High School innovated by adding a fun activity with their “I Scream for Peace” activity.
The College through Pax Christi and Sanggunian, organized the Lugawan while the Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf featured their Peace Café that had patrons queuing up for fishballs, squid balls, and nachos.
It was another successful week that showed that the MC community is always ready to lend a hand for the cause of peace and interfaith harmony.