January 27, 2023
BARMM – As the grandest celebration showcasing infinite possibilities for Bangsamoro’s rich cultural heritage and history including a one-of-a-kind experience from the BARMM government through its public services ends; the Social Development Committee’s Cultural Booth featuring the culture of Tawi-Tawi Province wins 1st runner-up during the awarding ceremony of the 4th Bangsamoro Foundation Day Culmination today January 27, 2023 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC), Bangsamoro Government Center, Cotabato City.
Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (BCPCH) in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs (MIPA), Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) spearheaded the installation and maintenance of the Cultural Booth for the weeklong competition.
The awards — plaque and cash prize symbol is received by BCPCH Tawi-Tawi Commissioner Elmasia Madjilon representing the Sama community’s pride. The Tawi-Tawi Cultural Booth featured the real home setting of Bangsa Sama Dilaut who lives in stilt houses amidst the sea and the abundant seafood that the Province of Tawi-Tawi can offer.
To show full support, the awarding ceremony is also attended by BCPCH Chairperson Salem Y. Lingasa, Ph.D and Executive Director Akmad Mama. (SDCom) to which BCPCH belongs also won second place in the Native Food Show Contest that was displayed in the Cultural Booth on January 26, 2023.
The 4th Foundation Day weeklong celebration themed “Sama-samang pagtataguyod sa isang mas mapayapa at mas masaganang Bangsamoro,” was indeed successful as seen from the extravagant floats showcasing Bangsamoro representations of ministries and offices paraded on the kick-off ceremony, the beautiful booths with a touch of magnificent rich culture of the BARMM’s five provinces (Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Basilan, and Taw-Tawi) the very special tribal cuisines, and to the various public services rendered to every Bangsamoro across the region.
Turn-over of Tawi-Tawi Cultural Items to Bangsamoro Museum
Several new items reflecting the Sama culture can now be found in the Bangsamoro Museum with the turnover of BCPCH Commissioner Madjilon to BCPCH Chairperson Salem Y. Lingasa, Ph.D. for display in the Museum.
The Tawi-Tawi cultural items such as Tutup, Lepa, Tepo, and Linsungan that were showcased in the then Cultural Booth of SD Com aims to highlight Tawi-Tawi’s pride made by skillful bare hands.
The entire Commission expresses its gratitude to the following donors: Principal Al-Sabrie Y. Sahituan (Pag-Asinan National High School), Vice Mayor Rahimah Salih and Mayor Al-Shalid A. Salih (Tandubas Municipality), and Mayor Norfitra P. Ahaja (Sibutu Municipality) for the cultural items entrusted to the Bangsamoro Museum through BCPCH-BARMM.
BCPCH is the primary institution in preserving the history, culture, arts, tradition, and rich cultural heritage of the Bangsamoro people across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.