ASMP Ceremony in the Philippines for the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
With an initiative from AMDA Philippines, 10th ASMP ceremony was held on the 2nd of Oct. 2011 in Metro Manila, in the Philippines. This ASMP became the 10th ceremony in the country, and especially organized to remember the souls and pray for the people of Tohoku region who suffered immensely during the March 11, 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The ceremony started with National Anthems of the Philippines and Japan followed by welcome remarks from the President of AMDA Philippines. Then a colorful entrance of the honor guards of Jaime Cardinal Sin Assembly, 4th degree Knights of Columbus paved path to the interfaith intercessory prayers.
Peaceful wish for the lost lives and those who face distressing situation were heard in the forms of multi-religious prayers. Those who attended the ceremony included a Japanese monk from Rinzai school of Buddhism, priests from Roman Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodoxy churches, the director of Emergency Relief from AMDA HQ, the doctors of AMDA Philippines and the president of Asian Medical Student Association and so forth.
In their speech, there was a shared element of inspiring and encouraging message of 'we, the people of the Philippines are with you as your brothers and sisters in these difficult times'. The prayer closed with its climax by a singing of local community with the mixture of Filipino and Japanese citizens.