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Lantawan youths gather for Inter-Faith Summer Fun inBasilan

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ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Atleast 150 young people from the different barangays of Lantawan Municipality inBasilan gathered for the seven-day Bridging Leaders’ Summit Youth Camp, dubbedas Kabataan Summer Fun in Lantawanfrom May 2 to 8.

Aimed at strengthening inter-faithrelationship between young Muslims and Christians of Lantawan and enhance theirrole in peace and development, the camp provided the young minds with inputsand activities on leadership, environment, ethno-history, livelihood,sexuality, and sports.

Held at the village of Tairan in Lantawan,some 20 kilometers from Isabela City, the Camp also provided youth participantswith the experience of the life and hospitality of the people of Tairan. It wasa rare opportunity for most participants and guests to be able to visit thisremote agricultural community, located northeast of Basilan.

The youth camp is an initiative of District 1Provincial Board Member Ust. Yusop T. Alano as part of his thesis project asfellow of the Mindanao Bridging Leadership Program (MBLP) of the AsianInstitute of Management (AIM).

Ust. Alano cited the role of the youth assignificant and vital to the future of Basilan. His initiative draws positiveresponses from a social networking site as news and photos of the activities inthe camp were posted.

Spearheaded by the Lantawan Association ofYouth Advocates (LAYA), the camp was successfully conducted with the fullsupport of the Municipal Government of Lantawan, the 4th SpecialForces Battalion of the AFP, the Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. (NFI), the Liga ngmga Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Lantawan.

Lantawan is a 4th class municipality in the province ofBasilan, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of28,978 people. On August 25, 2007, 10 of its barangays were constituted intothe separate municipality of Hadji Muhtamad. The municipality now only consistsof 25 barangays found on Basilan Island.

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