Canadian walking around the world for peace bound for Iligan

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But unlike the movie character "Forest Gump", Béliveau plans to return home after he completes his journey two years from now.

"That is the entire idea. I will arrive from the opposite direction where I left," he told MindaNews.

Believeau in de Oro. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Béliveau arrived here in Cagayan de Oro last Thursday after journeying from Pagudpud town in Ilocos Norte, some 2,000 kilometers away.

A fellow dreamer, Romeo "Romi" Garduce, among the first Filipinos to climb Mt. Everest, provided him with contacts among the mountaineering groups in the Philippines.

As he travelled across the Philippines, a small army of mountaineers provided Béliveau places to rest, bath and, well — do his laundry.

" If there are no friends, I slept in churches, police stations and government buildings. Filipinos are very hospitable," Béliveau said.

Along the way, Béliveau passed out small leaflets explaining why he is walking for peace.

"I pledged my life to help transform the culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and non-violence," reads Béliveau's one-page manifesto.

Béliveau said he has found out that people across the globe are friendly. In the past nine years has not been harmed by bad people.

He said he once walked into the territory owned by the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar whose armed guards were friendly enough to send him away.

Béliveau said he was once chased by lions in Africa.

"But the lions apparently do not like the meat of a French Canadian," Béliveau cheerily said.

This morning, Béliveau left Cagayan de Oro to start his two-day trek to Iligan City. He said he will try to reach Zamboanga City in 15 days.

A small group of mountaineers walked with Béliveau when he started from the Freedom Kiosk in Divisoria this morning.

The mountaineers left as soon as they reached the boundary of Cagayan de Oro and Opol, Misamis Oriental. Béliveau continued walking along the highway with his light-weight cart. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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