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By Carlos Rodriguez, XU SIAP Intern

Students of IDE 20.9 Peace Education, in partnership with SIAP, recently hosted “Kaalam”, a concert advocating for peace and equality, as part of their subject’s final requirement. Kaalam took place in the XU Peace Park on the afternoon of 15 May 2024.

Kaalam featured a variety of activities including live band performances, singing and dancing, an art competition, and talks from guest speakers who advocate for the cause. The objective of the campaign was to promote peace through an acoustic concert, ranging from traditional to modern music.

The student-led initiative was led by Ruthie Peruelo, a second-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student, whose challenges were overcome by the bright ideas and sheer will of her classmates.

The crowd was serenaded with songs from the likes of John Lennon, Francis Magalona, Matisyahu, among others.

Students mentioned that music was crucial in getting their messages across, especially for peace. According to them: “Mas dali magpa empathize through music.”

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Students of IDE 20.9 preparing for their next song number

While jiving to the music, Jerry Disamburun, President of Xavier University’s SIRAJ Muslim Religious Organization and one of the guest speakers, spoke about his hardships of being a Muslim. “Mahirap maging Muslim sa diverse society.” He said that despite the diversity of people in the world, there is still maltreatment towards Muslims.

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SIRAJ President Jerry Disamburun on his talk for Peace and Equality

The course is facilitated by Jett Torres, whose role was to guide the students in curating their projects. “The goal was to showcase a culmination of their understanding of the subject.” Sir Jett said.

The concert ended with a dance number of “This is Me” from the hit musical The Greatest Showman.

Xavier University actively raises awareness for ethnic discrimination and promotes equality. The joint efforts are supported by different organizations, communities, and advocacy groups in the university.