To break the culture of apathy due to the widespread killings and culture of violence in Negros Island, Foundation University Student Government joined faith-based organizations, church youth, teachers, students and cause-oriented groups in organizing an ecumenical service and concert for peace held September 10 at the gazebo of Quezon Park.
The said gathering draws upon the Filipino culture of peace with the use of faith and music that unites people, sparks hope and awareness in the community.
Ordained ministers from the Roman Catholic Church, United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) and the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Philippines (UUCP) rendered heartfelt prayers for peace. Song about Peace were also offered by the Seminary Choir of Silliman University Divinity School and the music ministry team of UUCP.
Local artists and performers from Negros Nicky Dumapit, Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts, Jah Hula, 3rd String, YONA and SABA filled the air with messages of solidarity, compassion and healing through songs and other art forms.
The toiling of bells at exactly 8PM capped the night of prayers and music as the Roman Catholics, represented by the Focolare Movement, led in praying the “Oratio Imperata to Stop the Killings in Negros” issued by the four dioceses in Negros Island.
Batingaw, an ecumenical prayer and concert for peace was organized by the Local Ecumenical Youth Assembly – Kabatan-onang Ekyumenikal sa Isla Negros ug Siquijor (LEYA-KEINUS) and Just Associates (JASS) Southeast Asia. LEYA-KEINUS is comprised of church youth organizations: Christian Youth Fellowship (UCCP Negros Siquijor District Conference, North Negros District Conference and Central Negros Associate Conference) and the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Diocese of Negros Oriental and Siquijor).
Batingaw was also done in partnership with the Foundation University Student Government, Silliman University Student Government- Advocacy Committee, SU Divinity School, SUDS Student Assembly, Association of Women in Theology (SUDS Chapter), SU Religion and Peace Studies Department and the Association of Young Environmental Journalists (Dumaguete).