The stem is the letter “P” in alibata, the pre-colonial alphabet of the Malay race. This alibata letter “P” signifies three words—Pilipinas, panalangin, pag-asa. The Philippines as a stem from which the rose bloomed offers hope to a world in turmoil through the power of prayer. The stem is blue signifying the love of the Filipinos for the Blessed Mother of God. There is a single thorn in the stem symbolizing the thorn of many sufferings that Filipinos carry on their heads like Jesus. This thorn is our glory not our scourge.
The four petals colored blue, white, green and red refer to the four winds of the world—east, west, south and north winds. They refer to the universality of this prayer campaign through Filipinos who live in the Philippines and the overseas Filipinos in all the continents of the world praying for world peace.
The four petals each symbolize an aspect of true peace. Blue is the color of sincerity and calm. White is the color of purity and kindness. Green is the color of fruitfulness and life. Red is the color of courage and passion. These four colors put together teach us what the task of peacemaking imposes on all of us—sincerity, purity, fruitfulness and courage. Without these, the world cannot see peace.
The fifth petal in yellow represents the “fifth wind” in the world—the wind of the Holy Spirit. Yellow, not red, is used to refer to the “fifth wind” to signify that the wind of the Spirit is the source of our joy and cheerfulness in the world despite the tensions in our world. Yellow is also the color for clarity and creativity.
(Logo design by Father Pong Del Rosario of the Diocese of Cubao, Philippines)