NEW YORK — It was the “Peace Starts With Me” rally at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The event was organized by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church.
The group is a religious movement that aims to heal what they call the “divided states of America” and the world where war and violence has become commonplace.
It has engaged in interfaith activities that include Christian and Muslim members living in Korea, Japan and the Philippines.
The event also celebrated National Parents Day by honoring five outstanding parents, including this Filipino couple.
Francis Sison and his wife Evelyn are among the five winners of their worldwide search for parents of the year, held at the New Yorker hotel before the peace rally.
“We need a role model, especially in the Filipino community,” said Sison. “We’re so blessed to be one of the awardees because right now, there are so many problems especially in the Fil-Am community. This is one way to show to our kababayans that we are here — we have to continue to show our good deeds to our kababayans.”