The Philippines gives the World March the largest human peace sign ever created

07.10.2009 - Manila - Isabelle Bourgeois

Procy Alcala, member of congress representing the second district in the province of Quazon and Carmen Alcala, manager of a biodynamic farm in Lucena, played a key role in the stunning success of this unparalleled performance.

The event was nearly cancelled due to the natural disasters that shook the country in recent weeks. But organizers successfully cheated fate to make this day unforgettable for the base team, the Philippines, and the entire world.

For one week, more than 12,000 students aged 10 to 15 rehearsed forming the giant symbol inside the Olympic stadium in Lucena. Astounded by the spectacle and the beauty of the event accompanied by music and screams from children joyfully waving their thousands of orange flags, the audience, consisting of NGOs active in the peace and women’s rights movements, base team members of the World March for Peace and Non-Violence, as well as politicians, the regional office of the Red Cross, and cultural and artistic groups, could not hold back their tears.

Deeply moved, the base team members spoke to thank each and everyone for organizing this historic day and mobilizing so many young people. “You are the world of tomorrow and right now, we can feel your hearts beating one by one for this universal value which we all share: peace,” one of them remarked. “You have shown us that another world is possible when we bring together one and all of the thousands of well-wishers, from age 7 to 77!”

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[Human Peace Sign in Lucena](;sa=downfile;id=585)

*(Translation provided by Patrick C. Yancey)*

Categories: Asia, Culture and Media, International


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