AN international forum on world peace, unity and prosperity was held recently at the Century Park Hotel, Manila.
The first Unesco-World Philosophical Forum (WPF) was attended by over 1,000 delegates from the Philippines and the US, Greece, Malaysia, Indonesia and 12 other countries.
Shariff Ibrahim Albani, chairman, Philippine branch, Unesco-WPF, said “Peace, unity, national reconciliation are the essential elements in modern societies. Our beloved country must build a progressive and developed nation (anchored on philosophy) while preserving its religious values and cultural traditions.
“Every human institution — whether law, government, business, education, family, etc. — can trace its origin on philosophic ideas. But philosophic differences rooted in greed led to the overthrow of governments, drastic change in laws, and transformation of the entire economic systems that at times collapsed. This led to very serious problems on a global scale.
“The Filipino people is divided by ethnic, cultural, political, and religious differences that pull us down and impede our progress, despite being very rich in natural resources. If only the current leaders will espouse the fundamental values of humanity — reason, morality, justice, and wisdom we could rise up into a global economic power,” Albani added.
Dato Halo-N, WPF secretary-general, said “Philosophy is the solution for peace, unity, and economic prosperity.”