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KITES FOR PEACE. PeaceKwela is a social media campaign by Xavier Ateneo Development Communication students that uses kites to symbolize hope and peace. Supplied photo.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — More than 50 colorful kites pervaded the sky on Friday, May 10, as PeaceKwela held its Kite Festival for Peace at the Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan soccer field.

PeaceKwela is a social media campaign by Xavier Ateneo Development Communication students that aims to “make peace fun” and uses kites to symbolize hope for peace.

“Kite-flying is a Filipino tradition that we miss doing," said Joshua Delos Reyes, campaign team leader.

"We wanted to bring this tradition back, this time with a significant cause for peace,” he added. 

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PEACEKWELA CAMPAIGN. PeaceKwela is a social media campaign by Xavier Ateneo Development Communication students that aims to “make peace fun.” Supplied photo.

The kites, in the shapes of diamond and doves, were hand-designed by the Sangguniang Kabataan youth from Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental during the PeaceKwela’s KAMPayapaan caravan.

"It was very humbling for me to make a kite, especially for someone like me who wasn't able to do it as a child," said Colleen Cornilla, first-place winner.

"I want people to realize that just like in obtaining peace, in everything that we do, we should learn to be humble and go back to our roots,” she added. 

The Kite Festival for Peace is in partnership with the Xavier Science Foundation and Kite Association of the Philippines.∎

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HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. Colleen Cornilla, the first-place winner in the kite-making contest, says "It was very humbling for me to make a kite, especially for someone like me who wasn't able to do it as a child." Supplied photo.

For more information about PeaceKwela, visit their Facebook page: PeaceKwela || Instagram and Twitter: @Peacekwela


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