[Blueboard] Erratum: July 18 Nelson Mandela Day: A Call to Take Action and Inspire Change
Ma. Corazon E. Baytion
mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Fri Jul 19 13:53:56 PHT 2013
Yesterday, July 18, Nelson Mandela--human rights lawyer, prisoner of
conscience, international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected
president of a free South Africa-- marked his 95th birthday. Although in
hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection, Mr. Mandela was
reportedly "now able to smile and nod to visitors."
In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 the Nelson Mandela
International Day to recognize the former South African president's
"contribution to the culture of peace and freedom." Yesterday morning, at
the RCBC Tower in Makati, an exhibit showing rare photographs of Mandela
was opened as part of this year's international commemoration.
>From July 23 to July 30, 2013, the Ateneo de Manila University, in
partnership with the Embassy of South Africa and the United Nations
Information Centre, will host the travelling exhibit as its contribution to
the global activities to honor Mandela's values, and his "dedication to the
service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, gender equality
and rights of children and other vulnerable groups, and to the upliftment
of poor and underdeveloped communities."
To open the exhibit, a program will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 9.30 in
the morning, at the Art Gallery. The South African ambassador to the
Philippines Ms. Agnes Nyamande-Pitso is guest speaker, and will lead
officials and students to view the photographs at the MVP Basement Lobby.
She will also ask students to give pledges as to what they can do to "take
action and inspire change," to make a difference and help make the world a
We ask the community to say a prayer for Mr. Mandela's good health. And we
hope to see you at the opening program and at the exhibit. Thank you.
Office of International Relations
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Sitting down in jail and reading you discover things which you never have
known, outside, and that is one advantage of being in prison, to read
literature that opens your mind and makes you realize that some of your
ideas in the past were completely wrong.
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