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Peace month culminates with 'Rock for Peace'

MANILA, Sept. 28 -– As Peace Month 2011 comes to a close, homegrown artists are set to rock the metropolis on Thursday as they perform songs about peace in a one-night concert dubbed, “Rock for Peace.”

Presented by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), in partnership with Dakila, a group of individuals pushing for social consciousness formation and social transformation, the show will be held at 6 p.m. at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Libis, Quezon City.

The concert, which is supported by Eastwood City and Eastwood City Walk, aims to raise awareness on the need to advance peace in light of the negotiations being pursued by the government with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP).

Rock for Peace will feature local bands and artists, such as Urbandub, Taken by Cars, December Avenue, Franco, Noel Cabangon, Malay, Radioactive Sago Project, Julianne, The Butcherons, Jejaview and Typecast.

The concert is included in the lineup of peace month activities that were spearheaded by OPAPP this September.

With the theme, “Sa kapayapaan may kaunlaran. Makiisa, maki-PEACEta!” the peace month aims to raise the consciousness of stakeholders on the value of peace and engage them in ways to move the peace process forward.

This year’s peace month opened with a “Grand Hari Raya Puasa” on Sept. 3 at the Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman, Quezon City, and “Eid’l Fitr Festival” organized by the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy on Sept. 2 to 3 at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Other activities included the “Say Peace” digital photo contest via OPAPP’s website; and the the two-part “YPeace: Student Leaders’ Assembly” on Sept. 10 at The Podium, Pasig City and 17 at the Gateway Mall, Quezon City.

Last Sept. 21, OPAPP joined in the observance of the UN International Day of Peace through an event dubbed “KaPEACEtahan” held at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati. (PNA) RMA/PR/rsm

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