Like most schools in the Philippines, my daughters’ school is celebrating Buwan ng Wika. They were asked to wear Filipiniana this week. Sophia chose to wear Muslim/Sulu princess and Lily got a Tagalog Maria Clara (or is this Baro’t Saya?).
A day before the event, Sophia told me that when the teacher suggested that some may choose to wear Muslim costume, a few of the classmates snickered and some even said “yuck”. My girl was very disturbed and upset. She was even more adamant about wearing Muslim dress.
I asked her if she’d be ok knowing some of the girls didn’t like the idea. She said, “Of course. The Muslims are Filipinos too. And I want to have peace in our country.” She knew about the bombing in Cotabato early this week. She knows that I go to Mindanao for my UNICEF work. I was in Cotabato and Maguindanao last year.
I don’t know why I’m sharing this story. When I posted it in my personal Facebook account, I didn’t realize my friends from all over the world would be so touched by it.
We often joke about “world peace” as the typical beauty queen answer. I think now more than ever, we all really just have to believe it and live it.
Peace to all. Love. Light.