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Beng hosts grand ‘Iftar’


Mayor Beng Climaco  on Tuesday afternoon joined fasting Muslims in Zamboanga City in the grand ‘Pagukah’  or Iftar (breaking of the fast) at the R.T. Lim Boulevard as part of the city government’s commitment to unity and harmony with the Muslim residents during the holy month of Ramadan.

Mayor Climaco together with the City Interfaith Council hosted the Iftar as a show of unity and harmony with the Muslim residents of the city who are called to fast in accordance with the Islam faith during Ramadan.  Hosting Iftar has also been Climaco’s tradition even during her stints in Congress.

Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. During Ramadan, abled Muslims around the world are called to fast in accordance with the Islam faith.

Mayor Climaco thanked all those who turned up for the activity saying “We are one with the Muslim community but we want to spread the message of greater understanding towards different cultures in Zamboanga.” She said the activity is one opportunity that unites Christians, Muslims and Lumads in the city.

Meanwhile, the mayor has issued Executive Order No. BC 388 ordering the temporary closure of a section of R.T. Lim Boulevard, fronting the Baywalk, from the junction of Don Basilio Navarro Road to fronting Brent Hospital, June 13 and 14 from 4pm to 7pm for the conduct of the grand Iftar or Pabukah and moonsighting, respectively and on June 15 for the conduct of a congregational prayer in celebration of Eid’l Fitr (feast of fast) from 5am to 10am. (Sheila Covarrubias)

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