After weeks of transforming the walls along the most historic avenue in the country with shapes and color, the Philippines is now ready to reveal its people’s masterpiece that earned another slot in international history this coming July 27, 2013.
The Longest Peace Mural in the world situated along the historic Epifanio Delos Santos (EDSA) Avenue, a product of combined efforts by around 3,000 people coming from different walks of life in the community spirit of Bayanihan initiated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines with partners, is set to be formally presented to the public this coming Saturday morning.
The event will start with the Bayanihan Peace Mural Tour which is a fun bike and run with a motorcade at around 6 a.m. Personnel from the AFP will be joined by Philippine National Police, government agencies and civilians who were directly and indirectly involved in the creation of the peace mural.
Ceremonial painting of the last murals and the ribbon cutting of the Peace Mural Marker at the People Power Monument of EDSA will follow at around 8:30 a.m.
AFP Chief-of-Staff General Emmanuel Bautista, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Teresita 'Ging' Deles, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista are expected to grace the event to show their support and pride at the latest achievement of the Filipino in an effort to show the world that peace-building is a shared objective in the Philippines.
The Bayanihan Peace Mural is a product of collaboration of representatives from different sectors and stakeholders in our society and based on the three themes of: "Bayanihan” (unity); Nationalism and Patriotism; and the Call for Peace.
Despite having a vast array of images, the paintings on its walls are interrelated as each end is the beginning of the story on the next wall. It presents a continuous flow of imagery which recounts the history of the Philippines and the triumph of the Filipino spirit over modern problems of conflict and chaos set in the rich backdrop of Philippine countryside and scenery adorned by symbols from our own culture.
The creation of this masterpiece was formally started on May 26, 2013 at the eastern walls (EDSA side) of Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. The northern and southern walls of Camp Aguinaldo were painted respectively on the succeeding Saturdays.
More or less 550 gallons of paint were used in this project which spans 3.7 kilometers.
It is due to its dimensions that it is now considered internationally as the longest peace mural in the world, smashing the record set by Chile which hosts the 900-meter long peace mural since 2009.