With less than a month before the most-anticipated world peace event, former senator and Vista Land chairman Manny Villar said all preparations are underway for another successful Guinness World Record setting event on April 14 at Savannah City, Iloilo, where the largest flaming image using candles will be featured.
The “Light of Peace in the Philippines (LOP) 2014” event aims to raise awareness and celebrate “World Peace through Inner Peace” by gathering at least 100,000 people from different sectors of society who will meditate together for individual inner peace.
The meditation will be followed by lighting of candles to form the world’s largest flaming image using candles, an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record. The image that will be created will show the Philippine map, the Light of Peace logo and motto, “World Peace through Inner Peace”.
“Let us show our genuine will to promote world peace by cultivating in ourselves inner peace. I believe that it’s not impossible to achieve world peace. With each of us being a light of peace, amidst our religious differences, we will be able to unite and attain world peace,” said Villar.
He cited last year’s “Inaugural Light of Peace” in Miag-ao, Iloilo, which gathered various religious leaders – Buddhists, Muslims and Christians, among others – and participants from all walks of life to call for world peace.
Villar, who is representing Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), one of the major organizers of the LOP 2014 event added, “Peace is good for the economy. If we have peace, we won’t scare our investors; we will be able to encourage more investors to have business in our country, which will drive progress. ”
The other core organizers of the event include Thailand-based The Middle Way Meditation Institute (MMI) headed by its director venerable Burin Thitakusalo Bhikkhu, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro represented by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. of the provincial government of Iloilo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Iloilo City, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Department of Education (DepED). (PR)