The goal of the WCP movement is:”World Brotherhood and Peace Through Poetry”.  The 1st WCP was held in Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines August 25-30, 1969 as a convention of United Poets Laureate International (UPLI) to which Dr. Amado M. Yuzon (1906-79) was the Founder/President.  He was also President of the WCP who presided over the Congress with Co-chairman Dr. Benito F. Reyes, Pres. of Manila University.  Former President and also Honorary Poet Laureate of the country Carlos P. Garcia inaugurated the Congress with a keynote speech in which he urged poets of the world to promote Brotherhood and Peace Through Poetry since poetry is the power of love that holds humanity together to make the lasting peace possible.

 

Over 300 eminent poetesses/poets attended the Manila Congress.  Half of them were local poets, the other half coming from different countries, including a 12-poet delegation from the Republic of China on Taiwan, a 5-poet delegation from USSR and a number of poets from the USA who attended individually. 

 

The Manila Congress passed the Objectives of WCP as the guide of the WCP movement. A resolution was also reached by the Congress that the next WCP would be held in Manila in 1971. Due to some difficulties it was later suspended. 

 

The program went on smoothly as scheduled, and the next six-day Congress was considered a great success and ended with a highlight by awarding the distinguished poets with laureate wreaths, medals and medallions as well as coronation of International Muse of Poetry for Miss Jocelyn Sy, a Philipino-Chinese young lady. “Well begun is half done”.  The success of the 1st WCP gave us a strong confidence and guaranteed it to enjoy a promising future.