ARMM hosts 16th Regional Qur’an Reading Competition
17 April 2013
Cotabato City- In a bid to promote and preserve the Islamic values of the people in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the region’s Bureau on Cultural Heritage will be spearheading this year’s Regional Qur’an Reading Competition on April 25 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, this city.
Ardan D. Sali, the bureau’s executive director said the competition will have 14 participants with a pair of male and female qari or Qur’an reader from each of the region’s five provinces and 2 cities.
This year’s male winner will get the chance to challenge 2012’s defending champion Ibrahim Mutahain of Lamitan City.
Hja. Soraida Ampatua of Maguindanao, the region’s female contender during the 38th National Qur’an Reading Competition held last year at the UP Diliman Film Center Auditorium in Quezon City, is the reigning national champion, which automatically grants the upcoming female winner as the region’s grand champion.
The competition’s seven-man board of judges or “hakam” will also come from each of the five provinces and two cities and will elect among themselves a chairman.
Sali said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, other key officials of the region and invited guests from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) are among those expected to grace the affair.
He said entries to the contest will be awarded certificates of participation, while cash prizes and trophies await the emerging champions. (ARMM CommGroup)