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Music peace festival to mark Bangsamoro foundation day

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DAVAO CITY—Peace groups would mark the Bangsamoro Foundation Day with a music festival that will be highlighted by a call to halt the raging  war in Ukraine.

The South Korean peace group, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), said the We Are One Music Peace Festival would be held at the Cotabato State University (CSU) Gymnasium on January 26.

The event organizer, Kutawato Greenland Initiatives (KGI), expect an attendance of 1,000 students, faculty members, government officials, religious leaders and peace advocates from civil society organizations to attend.

The music peace festival that carries the theme Peace is Here would like “to unify the voices of the youth and citizens in Mindanao to call for the cessation of wars around the world such as the one in Ukraine that has raised concerns over the security and economy of many countries, including the Philippines,” the HWPL said in a news release.

The HWPL is one of the partners of KGI in holding the music festival, along with International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), Volunteer Individuals for Peace (VIP), the Bangsamoro government, Cotabato City government and the SPIN Media PH.

Guest performers include Suklay Diva and Asia’s Vocal Supreme Katrina Velarde, and The Queen of Moro Songs Samraida.            Korean singers Aiden and Jin and local bands The Genremen Band and The Hauz Band are also slated to perform.

CSU President Dr. Sema Dilna, City Mayor Bruce Matabalao, Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim and Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Ronald L. Adamat would give speeches to start the program, said the HWPL, which said that its chairman, Seoul-based Lee Man-hee Lee, would also deliver his address.

The HWPL said proceeds of the general admission tickets, which costs P50 a piece, would be used to construct a peace monument inside the school.

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