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ARMM holds cultural festivity for peace and unity

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The contingent from the island province of Sulu bagged once again this year’s top prize as five cultural ensembles representing the different component provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) faced off last Nov 16 night’s showdown of cultural presentation hosted by the Bureau on Cultural Heritage (BCH)-ARMM.

Lawyer Ashrafia Aimee Biruar, BCH-ARMM executive director, said the showdown, dubbed as the “2011 Cultural Festival for Peace and Unity”, was again a celebration of the diverse and vibrant culture of people in the ARMM.

The Bureau of Public Information disclosed that Biruar was hopeful to make this year’s competition more meaningful by underscoring the peace and unity campaign of the present ARMM administration.

The theme is also in anticipation of the forthcoming celebration of the Mindanao week of peace next week, Biruar added.

For the second consecutive year, the contingent from Sulu emerged as the top winner closely followed by Maguindanao on second, Tawi-Tawi on third, Lanao del Sur on fourth, and Basilan on fifth.

Biruar thanked the different ARMM line agencies for contributing to the success of the cultural festival.

Line agencies were divided among the five provinces to provide necessary support to the cultural ensemble from the particular province assigned to them.

The cultural showdown is among the activities in the 22nd founding anniversary celebration of the ARMM.

By BPI-ARMM/RVC-PIA9 ZBST




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