Local celebrities join Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino in promoting peace.
In the formal launch of “I am for Peace” campaign held on September 14, President Noynoy introduced them as the National Peace Ambassadors.
Among the stars picked by Malacañang were Black Eyed Peace singer apl.de.ap, Box Office Queen Anne Curtis, award-winning composer Noel Cabangon, and Internet icon Ramon Bautista.
Other celebrities who pledged their support to the campaign were actors Epy Quizon, Gerald Anderson, Megan Young, Mikael Daez, Kiray Celis, and Igi Boy Flores; musical artists Christian Bautista, Datu Khomeini, Ebe Dancel, and Gloc-9; fashion designers Arnold Galang, and the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines led by its president, JC Buendia; and TV personality Rovilson Fernandez.
Actor-TV host Derek Ramsay, singer-actress Karylle, singer-performer Sam Concepcion, and social media personality Kimpoy Feliciano were also tapped as ambassadors, but were not present at the event due to prior engagements.
Based on the feature article published on the official website of the Office of the President last September 14, the launch of the “I am for Peace” campaign is part of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process’ observance this year of the 9th National Peace Consciousness Month.
Its theme was: “Ako. Ikaw. Tayo. Magkakaiba, Nagkakaisa sa Kapayapaan.”
It also stated that the campaign seeks to mobilize public support for peace through the engagement of the general public. It also aims to broaden the peace constituency by harnessing and empowering the basic sectors, such as the youth, women, labor, civil society organizations, and the media as advocates for peace and development.
In connection with this campaign, the OPAPP also organized some events— “1Goal for Peace” last September 2; “KaPEACEtahan” last September 21; and “I Want Peace” concerts held last September 28 in four different areas nationwide.