Moon is in the country to
open the inaugural convocation of the Universal Peace
Federation (UPF) in Manila.
Together with peace
leaders that included Neil Bush, younger brother of US
President George W. Bush, Moon arrived yesterday as part
of a 100-day tour that is taking him to 100 cities in 67
nations and covering a journey of almost 100,000 miles.
Manila is the 82nd city to
be visited by the South Korean world peace advocate. He
is scheduled to fly next to Palau on the Solomon
De Venecia was at the
airport to welcome Moon and his 11-member delegation
that included his wife Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon; Dr. Chung
Kwak, chairman of the International Inter-religious
Federation for World Peace (IIFWP); Dr. Thomas Walsh,
secretarygeneral of IIFWP; and Dong Moon Joo, president
of the Washington Times.
De Venecia also
accompanied Moon and party during their one-hour call on
President Arroyo at Malacañang Palace.
Mrs. Arroyo praised Moon
for his global peace efforts and God-centered,
family-centered economic and social initiatives in
various parts of the world, including projects in a
number of Philippine cities.
Moon said the UN global
interfaith dialogue has now led to major regional
dialogues in various parts of the world, complementing
serious peacemaking efforts in conflict areas whether in
Mindanao, Aceh in Indonesia, Nepal, Chechnya and others.
De Venecia first brought
up the proposal for an interfaith dialogue when he
joined President Arroyo during her call on Bush at the
White House two years ago.
Bush had reportedly called
the proposal "a brilliant idea."
In November last year,
following de Venecia’s presentation at the Security
Council, the UN formally adopted the global interfaith
dialogue as an instrument to help reduce ethnic and
politico-religious tensions in conflict areas of the
De Venecia joined
President Arroyo at the UN last September when the
Philippine leader was elected chairperson of the
16-nation global interfaith dialogue at the UN. Mrs.
Arroyo also acknowledged Moon’s pioneering efforts in
pushing initiatives to help unify the Korean peninsula.
De Venecia, the chairman
emeritus worldwide of the UPF, joined Moon and his
delegation at the UPF’s inaugural convocation in Manila.
Gen. Florencio Magsino, a
graduate of West Point Academy, chairs the steering
committee of the unification movement under the UPF.
The other officers are
Michael Zablan, president of the unification movement
for Manila; Dr. Christopher Kim, president for Asia; and
Genie Kagaoa, secretary general of IIFWP-Asia.
"Reverend Moon, who
founded the IIFWP, has pioneered dialogue and
peace-making," De Venecia said.
Moon’s movement now owns
universities in the United States and Korea, and
newspapers in North America and Latin America devoted to
peace-making and inter-religious dialogues to avert a
clash of civilizations.