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Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman (in white shirt with scissor) cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Bangsamoro Museum. Together with the governor is independent curator Marian Pastor Roces (center) and Mohagher Iqbal, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel head (right). Photo courtesy of BPI-Armm

Bangsamoro Museum opens in Cotabato

By Teng Lauban Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief . 

Cotabato City — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) formally inaugurated the first Bangsamoro Museum earlier this week at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex here.

The Bangsamoro Museum is a facility established under Executive Order No. 32 s. 2019. It serves as repository of artifacts, works of art, as well as textual and iconographic records relevant to the cultural memory of the Bangsamoro people in the Armm.

Governor Mujiv Hataman, who led the opening of the museum, underscored it was not easy for the regional government to put up such facility. However, he said the assistance of a national curator and the competence of the workforce of the Office of the Regional Governor drove him to push for it.

Ito rin ang ating motibasyon upang buoin ang museo na ito. Ayaw na nating maranasan na hirap at kung sinu-sino lamang ang magkukwento sa atin ng kwento ng buhay at aspeto ng ating pagiging Moro,” he added.

The Bangsamoro Museum also symbolizes the determination of Hataman’s leadership to deliver a smooth transition to the incoming Bangsamoro government through reformed governance.

Hataman also noted the importance of the inauguration of the facility for Armm and for the next generation. “Ang mahalaga, sa pagtatapos ng Armm, mayroon tayong maiiwan na pwedeng tawaging ‘legasiya’ at pwede ninyo rin itong tawaging regalo namin sa mga henerasyong darating.”

The Bangsamoro Museum has been organized under independent curator and institutional critic Marian Pastor Roces. She emphasized that the purpose of its establishment is to collect significant stories of the Bangsamoro people through the exhibition of different artifacts from the region.

Roces said she admires the resiliency of the Bangsamoro people and this is the reason why during the conceptualization of the museum’s theme, her group collected objects that convey stories of courage and survival as their main value.

Meanwhile, Bangsamoro transition Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal expressed his gratitude to the efforts of Hataman’s administration in ensuring a smooth transition through the preparation of pertinent documents that would be submitted to the new regional government. Iqbal also turned over to the Bangsamoro Museum and Regional Library books he authored in 1982, which documented peace processes in southern Philippines. (with reports from bpi armm)

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