‘Truth Fest’ set for August 22-23


MANILA, August 13, 2008─The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines hopes to gather some 50,000 well-meaning Filipinos to the first “Truth Fest” scheduled from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22 to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008.

Speaking at “The Forum,” a Church-organized media discussion at Ilustrado yesterday, AMRSWP chairperson Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB, said the festival will be held at Baywalk-Roxas Boulevard from Pedro Gil to Quirino Avenue.

She said they have already been given permission by Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim to use the venue. Appropriate traffic advisories will also be released a week before the event.

“We have line-up a series of activities including a regatta with 200 rowers out to rescue our symbol of integrity,” Mananzan said.

She said there will also be an inter-faith ritual featuring representatives from various faiths, “from the Babaylan to our Muslim brothers and other faiths.” Drum-beating will also be made during the festival while various choirs will render songs.

“Resource persons have been invited to talk about issues from the environmental degradation at Rapu-Rapu in Albay province to the effects of EVAT and the latest developments at the Commission on Audit,” she added. The speakers will address the audience from 9:00-12:00 midnight. Filipino talents led by Grace Nono will provide intermission numbers.

“There will be a litany of untruths from 12:00 midnight as concerned artists will make an image of Judas stuffed with firecrackers to cap the event,” the former St. Scholastica’s College president said.

Food booths will be installed along with meditation tents and other trimmings usually found in college fairs. “There will be a lugawan where people from all walks of like will be treated to traditional evening snacks,” Mananzan said. There will be no alcoholic drinks during the “Truth Fest.”

Asked if politicians will be welcome to join the event, she said “Yes, they are welcome to listen to the speakers and take part in the activities because the invitation is for all Filipinos.” (Melo Acuña)(CBCPNews)

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