Monday, January 28, 2013

MGIS Manila Commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s 65th Death Anniversary

By Cherry Moriones- Doromal

"My life is my message"-- Mahatma Gandhi
(Photo: Stage backdrop painted by MGIS Creative Marketing: Argel Penasbo, Bernie Pajelleno, Kerwin Baluyut) 

MANILA PHILIPPINES-- To mark the 65th death anniversary of the Father of Indian Independence Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948), more popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Amit Dasgupta  lead a wreath laying and memorial ceremony at the Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) in Merville Pasay on January 30, 2013, Wednesday. In India, January 30th is observed as Martyrs' Day.

“It must be remembered that Mahatma Gandhi is noted in history to have toiled to fight discrimination and injustices in South Africa through non-violent means”, said MGIS Founding Headmaster Lawrence  Buck in an interview. “ He was well-loved by the folks in India for his recognizable virtues, unsophisticated lifestyle (such as vegetarianism) and clothing. He diligently endeavored to take away British rule from India and fought to improve the lives of India's lowliest classes”,  Mr. Buck added.

Gandhi's philosophy was not speculative but one of rationality and practicality.  For this, he was emulated by notable civil rights leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., who recognized and practiced Gandhi's model of non-violent protest in their own fights.

On January 30, 1948, at the age of 78, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu nationalist who believed Gandhi was excessively compassionate to India's Muslims. Gandhi’s remains are now at Rajghat, Delhi.

In 2013 or 65 years since his death, Mahatma Gandhi perpetually inspires the world through his words, works and philosophy immortally etched in history. 
This Gandhi painting is a collaborative work by MGIS Primary Years Programme (PYP) students under the tutelage of sculptor-artist  Ms. Cecil de Leon- Laya (MGIS Art Teacher)

The successful event was highlighted by exhibits prepared MYP and PYP students through the help of Ms. CJ Ibarrientos (Homeroom Adviser, Grade 6) ,Ms. Rain Chua (Homeroom Adviser, Grade 7), Ms. Leilani Da Silva and the rest of the MGIS faculty.

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  2. Re Gandhi painting by the PYP kids as labeled above: At first, the kids didn't know what they were painting; and so they got so amazed at what TEAM WORK could do upon seeing the completed project. There's one grade 2 kid (Aarush) who innocently commented: " Oh, it really looks like the ear of Gandhi", referring to the piece he created (see 2nd square down on the extreme right of the painting above). Thanks, Ms. Cecille for molding the MGIS kids into better learners and discerning individuals through the arts.