The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)

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It wasn’t so long ago
in wartime (WWII) Cebu,
when hearing somebody scream
“Naana ang mga Hapon!”
(The Japanese are here)
alerted everyone to run
and hide or suffer
the chance of rape, torture and death.

Konnichiwa!
(Hello! How are you?)
Meet our long staying Japanese residents…
no need to run and hide
because they are peaceful
and playful beings.

Koi
means “carp” in Japanese.
It is also a homophone
for another word
that means “affection” or “love”.

Thus, the koi is a Japanese symbol
of love and friendship.
And at The Mayflower Inn,
we have embraced it
as a symbol of “peace” as well.

The Koi Peace Pond
is here to remind us
of the sanctity
of our harmonious co-existence
and interdependence
with our fellow human beings.

The Koi
are not only fun to watch
as they feed and play,
but they also serve
a very important role
in our mini ecosystem.
They are omnivores
and act as bio-recyclers.
They eat algae and insects
and their waste in the water
provide nutrients
for the plants in the garden.

Heiwa.
Kalinaw.
Peace be with you.

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