By Ali G. Macabalang
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has staged a “kalilang for peace” presentation here in celebration of the Mindanao Peace Week (MPW) institutionalized by the national government from the last Thursday of November to first Wednesday of December.
The NCMF-Region 10 partnered with the management of the SM Downtown Premier in this city in hosting the event, which drew huge spectators to watch ethnic Muslim cultural presentation ranging from rhythmic traditional dances to melodious instrumental music.
“The musical extravaganza aimed to showcase Maranao culture through dance and music, an objective of which is to develop appreciation for Maranao culture and hopefully ignite interest in younger generations,” NCMF spokesman Dr. Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos said.
NCMF-Region 10 Director Abdulnasser P. Masorong Jr., a physician, tapped the Dariday Cultural Dance Troupe to perform Kulintang Exibition, Sadoratan, Kapmalo-malong, Singkil and Sagayan, all segments of Maranao cultural renditions characterizing a “kalilang,” which literally means celebration.
The MWP is annually celebrated throughout Mindanao from last Thursday of November until the first Wednesday of December for the past nine years as a sort of reprieve from pressures of social, economic and political challenges in southern Philippines, it was learned.
Datu Ramos said the “kalilang for peace” was graced by several partners and representatives from other agencies.
NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan was represented by his staff to interface at the event with personalities from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the Mindanao State University system, universities and colleges in this city, various youth and community leaders, and ulama, he said.
Other partners from non-government organizations, civil society organizations and the media joined the event, with Cagayan De Oro City Mayor City Mayor Oscar Moreno witnessing the afternoon segment as guest of honor, Datu Ramos said.
The event also included a video presentation about the Bangsamoro Organic Law that was made while guests munched on Maranao delicacies, he said.
He said the event fleshed out one of the mandates of the NCMF in preserving, promoting and developing the culture and tradition of Muslim Filipinos.
“Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan and the rest of the (NCMF) central office would like to congratulate Regional Director Masorong and the rest of NCMF-Region 10 for being exemplary employees of the Commission,” Datu Ramos said.
“We are truly proud of what you have accomplished for the Mindanao Week of Peace in your area. Kudos to your office, and continue making us proud to be Muslim Filipinos,” Pangarungan was quoted as saying in a message for the host regional office. (AGM)