For the past weeks, all I’ve been seeing and hearing in the news is about the ridiculous laglag-bala scam (bullet planting) that quickly went viral. So fast, that even international news has captured this unfortunate issue. Sometimes, you’d ask, where is humanity? Would there be any chance to have peace in this world?
However, according to the eyes of a 10-year old young Filipina girl, peace is attainable.
Out of 72 entries, a Filipina young girl by the name of Ana Patricia Dela Rosa has won the first-ever essay writing contest about “What Peace Means To Me,” organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Geneva, Switzerland. The said organization created this event to raise awareness about global concerns among the young generation. Basically, the organization (IPU) presented the global issues, specifically, peace and conflict issues, to all Year 6 students of the International School of Geneva .
According to Ambassador Cecilia B. Rebong’s (Permanent Representative of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva) statement posted in the DFA site, that everyone was proud of her as she demonstrated through her essay, the important elements of peace such as having strong family ties, resiliency and maintenance of smooth interpersonal relationships.
Furthermore, Senator Koko Pimentel III, Congressman Joselito Mendoza, Representative of the 3rd District of Bulacan and Philippine Minister and Consul General Enrico Fos, were also present and showed support during the awarding ceremony happened last October 21, 2015.
I’m sure Ana’s parents Anthony Dela Rosa (who works as an IT professional at the Joint United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS) and Christine Dela Rosa, including us, are extremely proud of you!
Congratulations, Ana! You made us all proud!
Doesn’t this news make you feel proud being a Filipino? Comment if you are!