The University Peace and Reconciliation (U-PAR) Team is a select group of university students in Davao City who are committed to advance peace and reconciliation in our land through creative, active non-violent means. They are being trained to be effective and efficient peace-building leaders as their generation face the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. This group is led by Ms. Bennette Grace Tenecio of PeaceBuilders Community Inc. (PBCI).
Kublai Millan is a respected visual artist in Mindanao. He is known for his giant sculptures like the 50-foot high “Kampilan” (the sword of Sultan Kudarat) which is the center piece of the municipal park in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. He also designed and built the 50-foot high “The Risen Christ” at the Catholic Church in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Kublai’s most popular work in Davao City is The People’s Park. Kublai is also an art photographer, a painter, digital artist, and a performance artist.
Kublai Millan inspired and mentored the UPAR volunteers in producing GUGMA, KALIPAY, and KALINAW–a set of coloring books for Love, Joy, and Peace.
Last Monday, February 13, 2012, this set of coloring books was launched at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City. Various representatives from the civil society organizations, business corporations, religious leaders, and the creative arts community of Davao City celebrated with us. Dr. Nicanor Perlas was the Guest Speaker.
This set of coloring books will be sold to popular book stores, to various educational institutions as values formation materials, and to business corporations who want to advocate values formation among children.
Kublai and the UPAR hope that peace-building will happen in our homes, where children are learning fundamental values that will affect their lives as individuals and as communities.
PBCI is so thankful for the creative leadership of Kublai Millan, the administrative direction of Bennette Tenecio, the passionate commitment of the UPAR volunteers, and the devotion of the PBCI staff that resulted in the successful launching of these coloring books.