Peace Journey Reflection by Musician from Peace Ambassador Samantha Lumang:
1. What have you learned during the camp that you treasured the most?
One of the things I treasured most from camp was that I didn’t have to have the best voice, or the best guitar skills to captivate people. Being a Musician for Peace did not mean singing to amaze, but to inspire. It came with no tangible reward because it offered something better: the fact that I had done my part as a musician in creating a culture of peace for the people of today and of the next generations to come. To a true peace hero, that is already the best reward one could ever receive.
3. What happened after the camp? What changed after the camp?
One of the goals I had for myself during camp was to gain more self-confidence in sharing my voice with other people. Insecurities were at an all time low for me then and I didn’t really know how to get rid of them, all the more when I was surrounded with a ton of other stupendous musicians who were a whole lot better than me. It was pretty intimidating, but in the end, I knew I reached my goal.
Likha ng Kapayapaan made me love my craft even more. It made me appreciate music so much so that it tore down all the insecurities that walled me up. It made me discover new opportunities, new horizons, as well as a common ground for my advocacies and my passion for music. Now, I no longer sing alone in my room with an audience of 1 (which is my stuffed toy alien). Rather, I now sing with a motive. I sing for other peace heroes, with other peace heroes and I do it with a heart.
4. What are you doing now to promote peace?
More than just doing gigs and singing songs for events, one of my most favourite things that we do now are peace jams. It is wherein we share our songs of peace with different groups of people (i.e. students, soldiers, remote communities, etc.) whilst they share their own songs, stories, and talents with us as well. It’s kind of like us using music as a bridge to connect with other people, to create a society that thrives in peace. Whenever we have peace jams, I feel like music puts us all on the same level. There’s no social hierarchy, neither are there any labels. It’s just a family of peace heroes who understand each other with every note they sing.
5. What is your message to the youth who are into music?
Though people today don’t put much of the spotlight on the youth, they are ones who truly hold the power of influence. They have the voice, the capacity, the knowledge. It’s just a matter of using these potent attributes to the best of their abilities. One thing I could probably direct to them [you] is to take good advantage of all these. Music is a universal language, so the connections they can possibly make go as far as the other side of the world and back.
Don’t just create music. Create it with a purpose and share it to influence.
6. What is Peace for you?
I’ve always stuck with the notion that peace is like a tree; it will only grow if you choose to nurture it. But now, moreover, I believe that peace is also like music; it is something universal, something that we all can understand, and something we can’t live without.