ICI Participated in Solidarity Day Celebration

ICI participated in Solidarity Day Celebration last January 25, 2012 from 4 pm to 6 pm. The said event was organized by Pilipinas Natin and Gawad Kalinga (GK) to commemorate the victims of Typhoon Sendong. The students as well as its faculty and staff were invited to become volunteers for the lighting of sky lanterns that were provided by the two organizations.

It has been 40 days since the natural disaster struck the city. Iliganons from different walks of life came to Hinaplanon Bridge where the most number of casualties was recorded. A ceremony with a mass and ecumenical service by Msgr. Nitz Galido is conducted to formally start the releasing of the sky lanterns. Afterwards, everyone light their sky lanterns and slowly lifted them up the sky. Some people flew helium-filled balloons with names of the departed souls written on a piece of paper. Other participants also casted paper boats and flowers to the nearby river.

A solemn atmosphere surrounded the place as every individual had their lanterns floating in the air with prayers for the souls of the victims. Moments later, everyone took the Solidarity Walk from Hinaplanon Bridge all the way to MSU-IIT where the Bayanihan ng Bayan Concert was held.

ICI thanks everyone who came and shared their time to unite and become one for Iligan.