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Speaker Jose de Venecia, Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Mr. Peter Schier, KAS Country Representative Klaus Preschle, Mr. Francis Manglapus, representatives of different faiths cut the ribbon at the opening of the World Religions – Universal Peace – Global Ethics exhibition at the SM Mall of Asia last Dec. 3, 2007.
Upon invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the exhibition will be making rounds within Metro Manila and Davao in the spirit of interfaith dialogue and inter-religious understanding, seeking to bring together members of various faiths and religions. The exhibition will remain at the Mall of Asia until December 5, 2007 and will move subsequently to the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of Santo Tomas, and will grace the opening evening of the 1st Southeast Asian Forum on Islam and Democracy.
One of the original proponents of this exhibition and former KAS representative to Malaysia, Mr. Peter Schier, officially opened the Exhibition. Addressing guests from various religious sectors, government offices, the diplomatic corps, media and friends, Mr. Schier remarked that it is ultimately not religions that divide people—it is people who ultimately need to learn to live together in peace and understanding.
Reacting to Mr. Schier’s presentation was Undersecretary Rafael Seguis from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), who noted and stressed that the commitment to a culture of non-violence, respect, justice, and peace— was exactly “…the kind of commitment the Philippine government hopes to evoke as it embarks on interfaith and intercultural initiatives in war-torn communities, especially in the Southern Philippines.”
The event was closed with a message from Speaker of the House, Jose de Venecia, who stressed the urgency of interfaith dialogue in these times of frequent acts of terrorism brought about by a lack of understanding, urging the acceptance of a “global ethic” to safeguard the well-being of humanity as a whole.