National Peace Consciousness Month in September is celebrated in the Philippines every year due to Presidential Proclamation No. 675, which was issued to instill consciousness and understanding of the importance of peace in the Filipino people. This is essential to ensure that the future generations in the country grow up with an enlightened understanding of peace and never opt for war. Yes, attaining peace isn’t easy and requires a lot of effort from all members of the community. This year, join the Philippines in celebrating their National Peace Consciousness Month and understand why it is important to be nonviolent and tolerant.
History of National Peace Consciousness Month
The term ‘peace,’ originates from the Old French ‘pais,’ which means ‘peace, reconciliation, silence, agreement.’ The phrase became popularly used by organizations after the world witnessed several devastating wars in the 20th century. During this time, countries grew in size as they took over other nations. Unfortunately, the number of human lives lost made everyone realize that peace was more important than war.
An emphasis on peace further prevailed when Norwegian sociologist, Johan Vincent Galtung, laid down the disciplines of peace and conflict studies. The sociologist devised several theories that supported peace, justice, and harmonious relationships. However, before such theories were developed, the heads of state resorted to different sorts of measures to attain peace. For instance, in ancient times, peace was made between two nations by opting for royal marriages.
After World War II, the U.N. was founded in 1945 to hinder war and provide a platform that promotes solving issues between countries through dialogue.
During the 20th century, when efforts to promote peace were made across the globe, the Philippines formed the National Peace Consciousness Month in 2004 to further strengthen the cause. Every year, a new theme is proposed for the month to aid in the peace cause, and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (O.P.A.P.P.) spearheads several activities that may awaken the consciousness for desiring peace, justice, and equality. During the month, different tours are also given in universities that include forums, film showings, and discussions.
National Peace Consciousness Month timeline
Ferdinand Magellan lands in the Philippines.
The Philippines is granted to the United States after the Spanish-American War.
The Philippines becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to gain independence.
Ferdinand Marcos is elected president, and he declares martial law in 1972.
National Peace Consciousness Month FAQs
What are the two types of peace?
The two types of peace include internal peace and external peace.
Why is peace important?
Peace is essential for the development of a nation.
What is the true meaning of peace?
Peace is freedom from war and a calm state of mind.
How to Observe National Peace Consciousness Month
Read up on the history of the Philippines
Want to know why peace is important? Read up on the history of the Philippines and research the wars that were fought in the past. Also, look up the number of people who lost their lives due to unrest in the country.
Wear a peace pin
To show your dedication to peace, design a peace pin and wear it throughout the month. You can also add in a white outfit or two since the shade represents peace and serenity.
Make peace cupcakes
This one is a yummy way to celebrate the month. Make different cupcakes that signify peace and distribute it to your neighbors and colleagues. Also ask them to post pictures using the appropriate hashtag.
5 Facts About Philippines
Coconuts are imported
The country imports 19.5 million tons of coconuts.
Fifth largest English-speaking nation
52 million people speak English in the Philippines.
Asia’s first Basketball League
The Philippines has the first and the oldest basketball league in Asia.
Languages spoken in the country
At least 175 languages are spoken in the Philippines.
Islands in the Philippines
The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands.
Why National Peace Consciousness Month is Important
We love the month because it celebrates peace and encourages people to work towards a peaceful world together. After all, no one wants to live in a world flooded with hate anymore.
Helps the future generations
This month also helps change the perceptions of future generations and convinces them to opt for peace instead of war. Ingraining such thoughts in the youth is essential to creating a just world.
Talking about peace and discussing the tragedies of war can actually influence people to always think of a logical solution before opting for violence. A special effort is made to enlighten the Filipinos during the month.
National Peace Consciousness Month dates