In celebration of National Peace Consciousness Month as well as the International Day of Peace, Lasallian students and Partners took part in numerous activities including the 2020 Institutional Peace Concert on September 21, 2020.
The concert was live-streamed via De La Salle Lipa’s official YouTube channel and Facebook page and was hosted by Pamela Bendaña, Gerome Leyesa, and Carol Anne Mendoza, student leaders from the Integrated School (IS) and College.
The Concert Proper
The program began with a rendition of “Let There Be Peace” by students from IS to College.
After, the Modern Dance Company from the Integrated School took center stage. The mesmerizing performance was set to the song “Kapayapaan” and it succinctly captured the spirit of the celebration.
Next was the group Musikalista and they performed the classic Rico Blanco hit “Antukin.” Filling the musical shoes of Mr. Blanco is always a challenge, but Musikalista showed that they were more than up for the task.
Grade 11 student Karylle Espinosa was the next to perform and her rousing performance was met with warm appreciation.
The concert continued with the musical group Indak. The group made up of college students offered their own unique and inspiring take on the famous Michael Jackson hit “Heal the World.”
Lasallian Partner Ms. Honey Mae Allanigue was the next performer and her chosen song was “Only Selfless Love” by Jamie Rivera. “Only Selfless Love,” a song calling for familial unity under the divine providence of God is a more than fitting choice for the Institutional Peace Concert and it was a performance to be remembered from Ms. Allanigue.
The penultimate performers for the Institutional Peace Concert were college students from De La Salle Lipa. Not content to wow the audience with one song, they performed a medley of “Some Things Never Change,” “See the Light,” and “One Day.” It was an impressive showing, to say the least.
Last but not least, looking back at the previous and this year’s celebrations of Peace Day, an audio-visual presentation was shown. This highlights how DLSL promotes the culture of peace through its array of activities – from the previous Peace Walks, Dove Releasing, Ringing of the Peace Bell, Pinwheels for Peace, Flower Offering, and others.
From start to finish, the Institutional Peace Concert prominently featured the incredible talents of Lasallians. It was an emotional and heart-warming concert that serves to remind us all of the importance of continually striving for peace during this time.
Peace Month Activities
The Institutional Peace Concert was not the only way that members of the De La Salle Lipa community commemorated the Month of Peace. Other activities have also been lined up and participated by Lasallians all throughout the month.
Grade school students participated in an activity focused on making paper planes. The meaning behind the paper plane must not be overlooked. It serves as a symbol of hope and optimism during a time when we need those things most. The efforts placed into crafting a paper plane will enable it to fly. The same goes for the ongoing struggle for peace as the efforts made, no matter how small, can make a difference and cause great causes to take flight.
Also featured during the event were the Junior High School students joining together as they formed a virtual sign of peace. The meaningful gesture represents how even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, we can still remain united as we pursue the same goals.
Senior High School (SHS) students, on the other hand, commemorated the International Day of Peace in their own unique way. Some students took to Instagram to get involved in a Story Chain. The students struck a pose while wearing their white tops and also tagged their friends to take part in the Story Chain.
Wearing white is a tradition practiced by Lasallians whenever the International Day of Peace rolls around. It shows our solidarity with the rest of the world as we remember this important day. For those who may have missed the posts created and shared by the SHS students, they can still be viewed online by looking up #FeastforPeace.
The 2020 celebration of the International Day of Peace is over but the calls for unity will continue. We at De La Salle Lipa join our brothers and sisters all over the world as we continue to gear towards peace all year round.