15 November 2013
ARMM anniversary packed with cultural events
The month-long anniversary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which started early this month is set to launch activities that showcase the diverse cultures and traditions of the region.
The anniversary dubbed as ‘Pakaradjaan’, a Moro generic term which means festivities kicked off last November 7, tied with the celebration of the Sheikh Makhdum day, an Arab missionary who was responsible for the propagation of the Islamic faith in the country more than 600 years ago.
Ardan Sali, executive director of the ARMM’s Bureau on Cultural Heritage said that cultural events were lined up for the entire month.
“Some of these are tutorial workshops on Kulintang, Kuntao, Pangalay and Sagayan dances,” said Sali.
“Para yung mga bata sa murang edad pa lang ma-appreciate na nila yung culture nila,” Sali said.
Sali said that the event is open to all. He said that the upshot of the month-long celebration is to indulge the people of ARMM to increase the value of their appreciation as well as showcase the tribal culture, norms and traditions from the five major provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
Sali also underscored the region’s preparation for the new Bangsamoro entity. “Our office is equipped in case the new government comes in,” he said. “The office assures that ARMM still supports the promotion of the way of life of the Bangsamoro people.” (Kistine P. Abatayo, Arman C. Trabucon, Lady Jean L. Kabagani / OJT – Bureau of Public Information)