Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City—In a ceremony attended by multi-sector volunteers and partners, the Armed Forces of the Philippines formally inaugurated the world’s longest peace mural along EDSA today, July 27.
The activity kicked off with the Bayanihan Peace Mural Tour composed of bikers, runners, and a motorcade parade around the 3.7 kilometer stretch of the walls of Camp Aguinaldo.
This was followed by a ceremonial painting ceremony of the word Kapayapaan by representatives of the different stakeholders for peace along the camp’s wall on White Plains Avenue symbolizing the completion of the mural. Soon after, the mural was officially inaugurated by the unveiling of a marker where the painting of the walls began last May 26, 2013.
Dubbed as “Lakbay Para sa Kapayapaan sa EDSA,” the mural project spans 3,770 meters along EDSA, White Plains Avenue, and Col Bonny Serrano Avenue in Quezon City.
It is a joint project between the AFP, Metro Manila Development Authority, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Asia America Initiative, and Dolphins Love Freedom Network.
The AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel T Bautista was joined by Assistant Secretary Jennifer Oreta of OPAPP, AG Sano of DLF, and Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman of AAI, among others.
Speaking on the four decade long insurgency and the increasing clamor for internal peace and security, Gen Bautista said that the solution on the armed conflict lies in the Filipino practice of Bayanihan.
“This project is about breaking barriers that prevent us from moving forward. I was convinced of this when I saw soldiers painting alongside children of rebels,” AG Sano said during the inauguration.
“We saw art as a good venue to create better understanding and mainstreaming of the promotion of peace. This is a portrait of the Filipino’s aspiration for peace,” Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman added.