ILIGAN CITY, July 27 (PIA TFBM ICCC) – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and National Commission on Culture and the Arts in launching Kalinaw Kultura – a campaign that aims to promote peace through raising cultural awareness among the citizens. The theme for its pilot year is “A Culture of Peace, Peace Thru Culture.”

“Iba-iba man ang ating pinanggalingan, iba-iba man ang ating relihiyon, iisa ang ating hangarin–na magamit natin ang ating abilidad, galing at talento upang mapalakas ang ating kultura at maisulong ang kapayapaan,” PIA Director-General Harold E.Clavite said.

[We may have different backgrounds, we may have different religion, but we have one goal–that we can use our ability, skills and talents to strengthen our culture and promote peace]

Director General Harold Clavite shares his insights on peace and culture during the grand launch of Kalinaw Kultura. (Photo by: PIA ICCC)

He further said “this is not a land of confusion. This is not a land of conflict. Mindanao is a land of peace-loving people.”

Partners from the local government units of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur witnessed the opening program together with various member agencies of TFBM.

Various government interventions are featured in the TFBM booth. (Photo by: PIA ICCC)

Festive and vibrant cultural performances were showcased during the grand launch, including the Maranao dance performed by students from Iligan City East National High School.

Mindanao State University’s (MSU) Sining Kambayoka and Integrated Performing Arts Guild of MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology, left the audience in awe as they owned the stage with their colourful feats.

Bayang Barrios performs Awit sa Marawi with Princess Jamyllah Zapanta Bantasan. (Photo by: PIA ICCC)

The crowd also sang along as Bayang Barrios performed her duet rendition of Awit sa Marawi with Princess Jamyllah Zapanta Bantasan, a Maranao youth from the most affected area (MAA) of Marawi.

Rebuilding Marawi was one of Kalinaw Kultura’s highlights because it resonates with the essence of the campaign.

“Hindi naman natin kailangang isakripisyo ang ating kultura at ating tradisyon in pursuit of development. Ito po ang aking sinasabi sa Task Force Bangon Marawi na ang pag-develop ng Marawi, definitely nandyan pa po ang kultura at tradisyon ng mga kapatid nating Maranao,” TFBM Field Office Manager Felix Castro Jr. said.

[We don’t have to sacrifice our culture and traditions in pursuit of development. This is the stand of Task Force Bangon Marawi–that in developing Marawi, the culture and tradition of our Maranao brothers and sisters shall definitely remain intact.]

Asec. Felix Castro Jr. delivers his solidarity message for Kalinaw Kultura. (Photo by: PIA ICCC)

Castro cited TFBM’s massive consultation with the stakeholders of Marawi on April and May to gather the locals’ inputs for the city’s development plan.

Furthermore, a TFBM booth was set up in Robinsons Place Iligan to disseminate information about the government’s efforts and partnerships with the people of Marawi in rebuilding their city. (DNMagsino/PIA ICCC)