Only a year after the success of the inaugural Light of Peace (LOP) Event held last May 2013 in Miag-ao, Iloilo, which attracted over 13,000 local and international participants, another milestone has been set as the second LOP event this April 14 in Camella’s Savannah City, Iloilo. LOP 2014 drew over 100,000 delegates from the global community – all eager to create awareness for real world peace through inner peace and to call for an end to international conflicts.
Moreover, the Philippines though LOP, earned another Guinness World Record as the event that holds the “Largest Flaming Image of Words” through 56,680 lit candles besting Pakistan’s record of 35,478 in 2009.
“Let us show our genuine will to promote world peace by cultivating in ourselves inner 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 Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who represented Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), one of the seven major organizers of the LOP 2014. “Peace is good for the economy. If we have peace, we’ll encourage more investors to have business in our country, which will create more jobs and drive progress.” Added Manny B. Villar, Chairman of the Villar Group of Companies.
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 Archdiocese of Jaro represented by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. of the Provincial Government of Iloilo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of the Municipality of Iloilo, the Department of Education (DepED) represented by Secretary Armin Luistro and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).