To memorialize the lives lost to the catastrophes that struck the country in 2013, Western Mindanao State University on Monday, January 20, took part in the nationwide “One Nation in Prayer – Isang Bansa, Isang Panalangin,” a 30 minute simultaneous interfaith prayer meeting led by the President of the Philippines, Hon. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino.
Held at the College of Teacher Education’s Social Hall at 5:00 in the afternoon, WMSU officials headed by Vice President for Academic Affairs-Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena enjoined all students and faculty members to unite in a solemn prayer and thank the Almighty for keeping the nation, particularly Zamboanga strong amid the disasters that transpired in 2013.
The national prayer was aired live from the Malacañan Palace where representatives from different faith groups each mentioned their prayer, with one common intention—to seek for the Almighty’s guidance in moving forward to rebuild the homes and lives that were shattered by the mishaps the nation faced in 2014—from the Zamboanga siege in early September to the earthquakes that knocked Bohol and Cebu and to typhoon Yolanda, the strongest typhoon in recorded history that hit Eastern Visayas.
The leaders who led their prayers were Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of the Catholic Church, Police Superintendent Imam Ebra Moxsir of the Imam Council of the Philippines, Commissioner Zenaida Pawid of the National Commission on Indigenous People, Isaias Samson of Iglesia ni Cristo and Bishop Jonel Milan of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO,WMSU)