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CEU Holds Festival of Cultures and Religions

March 17, 2015

“We are glad to celebrate this kind of oneness in the University, because we already have a total of 24 different nationalities. I hope that we can take advantage of this opportunity to learn different religions and cultures to lead us to a better understanding on different countries and religions,” remarked Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina, President and Chief Academic Officer of Centro Escolar University in her welcome message during the recently concluded Festival of Cultures and Religions.

The festival opened with an exhibit by the foreign students enrolled in the University. They showcased their countries’ delicacies, artifacts, and even photos of their people and some of their countries’ beautiful tourist spots.

Besides the exhibit, different cultural presentations were performed students from Indonesia, Iran, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Philippines. Ms. Marilyn Lao from the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple gave the audience an overview of Buddhism and Dr. Kiomars Amiri from the Cultural Section Counselor of the Iran Embassy talked about the rich heritage of Iran.

The celebration was highlighted by the talk of Rev. Fr. Richard JM Babao on the Diversity of Faiths and Traditions and its role in achieving connectedness and unity.

The affair concluded with a prayer of petitions from different religious organizations.

The Festival of Cultures and Religions is a joint activity by the Social Arts and Humanities Department, Campus Ministry, International Languages Department, and the International Students Association.