Peace Pole Planting
November 26, 2010 - Friday
Let Peace Prevail on Earth
A Peace Pole
is a monument that depicts the message "May Peace
Prevail on Earth”. The message is referred to as a peace prayer
written in every side of the pole in the language of the country where it will be placed, and usually has 3 to 5 additional translations. This Peace Pole Project
is the official Project of the World Peace Prayer Society
which started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, the founder.
And Blessed are the people of Iligan City..... A "Pole" that symbolizes Peace was planted last November 24, 2010 at the road center island of Barangay Ma. Cristina, Iligan City. Through the effort of St. Michael's College in cooperation with the City Government, Philippine Army, PNP, NGO's other schools and agencies it was successfully erected. It was planted in that strategic site to be visible to the all the passers and travellers. According to Mr. Goi:"Peace begins in the heart and mind of each individual. As war begins with thoughts of war, Peace begins with thoughts of Peace. The Peace Pole reminds us to keep Peace ever-present in our thoughts. As we learn to honor one another, our environment, plants, animals and all creation on Earth, the vision of global Peace will gradually become a natural way of life, a true culture of Peace."
And when you plant a Peace Pole in your community, you are linking with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace.
The said event started with a Prayer led by the Catholic Priest, by the Imam and by the Leader of the Lumads. The presence and cooperation of each and everyone in this event shows that Peace in Iligan is still going strong. The people witnessing the Peace Pole Ceremony and Planting was very much inspired by the warm message given by Hon. Mayor Lawrence Cruz especially to the youth when he said; "Youth is still the hope for the everlasting peace, if we just choose the right path."
The program then ended with the phrase; "May Peace reign in every corner of our heart and mind."
"Jesus is the Prince of Peace, Let it Prevail on Earth"