WANDERLUST| Exhibit highlights the significance of Ramadan

RAMADAN is the month wherein Muslims across the world practice fasting and abstain from earthly desires from sunrise to sundown for 30 days to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. However, Ramadan is not just all about fasting. For Muslims, it is also a season for spiritual reflection and devoting time to worship and pray to Allah.

Last June 5 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao complex in Cotabato City, the Department of Tourism observe the Ramadan as an opportunity to foster better understanding of the Islamic faith for Muslims and non-Muslims through a visual exhibit that showcases the importance of what is considered the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

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SECRETARY Ayesha Dilangalen (right) with ASec. Shalimar Candao and Bureau of Cultural Heritage director Maritess Maguindra,

 “This year’s Ramadan gives us a more compelling reason for introspection, reflection and prayer. With this exhibit, we also aim to foster better understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims in Mindanao,” said DOT-ARMM regional secretary Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilangalen, who led the opening of the Ramadan exhibit.

The exhibit also features a display of brasswares and other cultural icons from different parts of the region. It also highlighted some of ARMM’s majestic masjids, which the tourism department intends to include in the roster of the region’s religious and cultural destinations.

 “Our masjids are reflection of our Islamic culture and identity. By giving our visitors a peek at these religious and architectural wonders, we also allow them to have a better understanding of the ARMM. We intend to make tourism a vehicle that will take us to the road to tolerance, harmony, understanding and lasting peace,” Dilangalen added.

The event was also graced by assistant secretary Shalimar Candao, Bureau of Cultural Heritage director Maritess Maguindra, along with guests, government employees, students and print and social media. The Ramadan exhibit is open to the public until June 26.  Special thanks to Nanardz Navarro for the additional photos.

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The first three books are ‘Si Amina Y El Ciudad De Maga Flores” (Amina and the City of Flowers) in Chavacano-English; “Si Kalipay ug ang Kinagamyang Tiktik” (Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik) in Cebuano-English; and “Si Melo a Mahakay a Umang” (Melo the Umang Boy) in Ivatan-English. Maranao author Hanna Usman will also share a preview of her story, “Jalal and the Lake,” at the event. “Jalal and the Lake,” a Meranaw tale, will be the 5th book in the Sari-Sari Storybooks series. Ten percent of the book sales at the June 23 event will be donated to an organization providing relief for Maranao evacuees.

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