Love Mindanao – heals it past, build a better future PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Pep Talk loves the colors, the music, dance, traditional dresses, vinta, etc, of the Muslim Mindanao. I really appreciate and love the culture and arts of the Filipino Muslims - ingrained part of me. They are distinctive, matchless, and exceptional in the world.  I can embrace them without necessary converting to Islam. Likewise, the new generation of Filipino Muslims must appreciate Christian ways without converting to Christianity and lose their identity. We are one as Mindanawon with different cultures and beliefs. We should be united and not be divided.

With the coming celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace (November 27 to December 3), I am looking forward that this event is not just a series of activities just because it is annual must-do event. I like their theme this year, “Healing the Past, Building the Future.” For me, it imbibes to move forward without forgetting the past.

Today, Zamboanga City is a now a melted and mixed pot of different cultures. We must not set aside a Mindanawaon because he belongs to a minority culture. I admire Baguio City that has successfully done it. The Ifugao culture and other cultures, Ilocano and the Americans, who made it as their base in the past, has not lost their past influences even the city has been modernized. As a matter of fact, the biggest attraction of the Pine City of the Philippines is its culture and arts.

I pray that one day too, Zamboanga City as well the whole of Mindanao will make most out of its diverse cultures to its advantages. We should have souvenir printed T-shirts with words, “I Love Mindanao,” instead of a particular city in Mindanao. It connotes unity in the biggest island of the Philippines.

Since the Bangsamoro Basic Law is already in the can as the Aquino Administration is backing it up, I hope the Congress Representatives, who presented it in our city last Friday, had listened and will act on the issues and concerns brought by local concerned citizens without prejudices. My only apprehension is that they are acting on it, to build a better Mindanao, without really understanding its past. That is another Pep Talk story.

(Photo credits to Peace Advocates Zamboanga Facebook account).

By Dante Corteza

Psalms 133:1   “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”

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