Today, the Ateneo de Davao University at Jacinto Campus launched its observance of the 2014 Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) during the activity period. Despite the light to moderate afternoon rainshowers and a change of venue from the Open Field to the Thibault Atrium, a short launching ritual took place to kick off tomorrow’s official start of this year’s MWOP, initiated by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, the Theology Department and the Campus Ministry Office.
The chair of the Theology Department, Mr. Lunar Fayloga, gave a short introductory message, providing the rationale for the afternoon’s celebration. Ms. Janice Camañan, program officer of the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office, recited an Exhortation on Peace, followed by a series of interfaith prayers offered in the Muslim and Christian traditions, given by Ahmad Aleef Pulong and Michael Leyson, respectively. Atty. Romeo Cabarde, chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), was on hand to give the closing remarks. Mr. Rexor Amancio, an Arrupe Vol Batch 43, emceed the short launching ceremony that was participated in by members of the roster of Arrupe Vols, who came in their distinct blue and white Arrupe-inspired t-shirt. (The kickoff took place immediately after the candle-lighting ceremony put together by the Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy (APILA), the Guidance Center, and the School of Nursing, to commemorate this year’s World AIDS’s Day. As such, inclement weather made the two equally important celebrations share the same venue, one after another). Continue reading