Just like in the previous years, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) actively commemorated the International Day of Peace and International Peace Month last September 21.
DLSL’s symbolic observance was in accordance with this year’s theme for the United Nation-led activity, “Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World.”
Among the highlights of the event were the recollection of the past years’ Peace Month remembrance, Prayer for Peace, showcasing of Peace Cranes, and a Song for Peace.
Advocacy of Peace
The virtual celebration underscores DLSL’s commitment to promote its advocacy of peace.
Likewise, it seeks to “continuously instill peace and human rights consciousness among all members of the Lasallian community through peace-oriented activities. At the same time, the De La Salle schools worldwide are enjoined in celebrating the International Lasallian Says for Peace.
Yet, what really proved inspiring was how Lasallians crafted paper cranes patterned after the famous “Peace Crane Project” spearheaded by Sue DiCicco in 2013 to uphold world peace and nurture awareness of the International Day of Peace.
The “peace crane” refers to an origami crane used as peace symbol. It highlighted the story of Sadako Sasaki, one of the victims of the devastating effects of the nuclear bombing by the United States of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Sasaki was said to have folded 1,000 origami cranes before she died.
This Project revealed a new initiative in 2017 inviting students from different parts of the world to fold a crane and include this is in a travel exhibit of 1,000 cranes that will appear in different locations over the next few years.
For DLSL, the paper cranes show that peace will always remain when love, joy, stillness, unity, and honesty thrive.
The DLSL Peace Event was capped by the rendition of the Peace Song by three students.
Br. Weegee Enriquez FSC, Lasallian Youth Ministry Head, in his inspiring talk said, “Peace is important part of our being as persons and experience as a global community. We certainly know that peace and inner serenity that dwells in us and harmony that embraces our society.”
“As a Lasallian community, we join the rest of the world and the rest of the Lasallian family in celebrating this day to remind ourselves of peace within us and among all nations,” he added.