MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 18 (PIA) --- The five cultural villages representing the component provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was opened today to the general public inside the ORG Compound in Cotabato City following its unveiling ceremony.
Dubbed as Pakaradjaan sa ARMM 2014, the display of mock-up traditional ARMM communities provides an avenue for visitors to enjoy the panoramic setting that resembles the rich culture of the five provinces of the ARMM. It is part of the month-long celebration of the 25th Founding Anniversary of the autonomous region.
Each cultural village features its traditional living, heritage and the arts, the people, and products depicted on a landscape consistent with the tribal communities in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi provinces.
A selection of Moro dishes and delicacies are also on display for sale.
Unveiled by Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, the villages also offer to visitors that feel of traditional life and the opportunity to purchase authentic products from the different areas in the ARMM.
“We are inviting our constituents in the ARMM and residents of Cotabato City to visit our tribal villages that showcase the rich cultural heritage of our five provinces here in the ARMM,” said Hataman.
The village exhibit will run for a month until the closing ceremony which will be held simultaneous with the celebration of Shariff Kabunsuan Day on December 19.
The autonomous region, with a population of over four million vastly of Moro descent, is comprised of the major ethno-linguistic tribes of the Tausug, Maguindaoan, Maranao, Iranun, Sama, and Yakan.
The creation of the ARMM was an offshoot of the years of peace negotiations between the national government and the Moro National Liberation Front. The current development on the peace process, pending ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, will abolish the ARMM to be replaced by a new political entity by 2016.
A distinct highlight for the concluding celebration of the quarter of its century existence, the regional government aims to provide a festive final commemoration before it bows down to give way to the smooth transition for the incoming Bangsamoro Entity. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10