By Teng Lauban Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
Cotabato City — “When I learned the intention of this day’s event, there are only two things I would like to emphasize, the legacy and good governance of the Bangsamoro,” said Marian Pastor Roces, an independent curator, writer and researcher in her speech during the launching of the region’s tribal villages expo.
Roces said the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) proved that the Moro’s lifestyle and heritage remain alive and relevant in the country. She said the Moro has left her fully inspired to learn more and appreciate its unique and distinguished history.
“Hindi kayo natinag nang digmaan o anumang kaguluhan dahil hanggang ngayon andito kayo para ipakita ang tunay na ganda at kahalagahan ng kultura ng Bangsamoro,” she said.
The Armm tribal villages expo officially opened this week at the Office of the Regional Governor’s compound here with members of the community of each village wearing their traditional attire and performing their traditional dance to welcome the guests.
Armm Governor Mujiv Hataman, Armm officials, local chief executives and other guests were present during the exhibit’s launching ceremony. The governor noted that the villages were not meant to be built just for celebration but to show the unity of the Bangsamoro people.
“Ang mga villages ay hindi lamang itinayo para magsaya, itinayo ito upang mas maunawaan ng ibang mga tao ang kulturang meron tayo dito sa Armm,” Hataman said. He urged the Bangsamoro people to give value and share to others what the Armm can uniquely offer.
As a symbol of unity, representatives from each of the five Armm provinces performed their traditional dance during the launching ceremony. Armm comprises Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
The public can visit the villages until the end of December to appreciate the pride of the Moros. (with reports from bpi armm)