Climaco hosts symbolic ‘Pagbukah’ in Rio Hondo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:46

Mayor Beng Climaco once again fulfilled Tuesday her tradition of hosting Iftar (Pagbukah) or sunset meal for fasting Muslims in the city, this time it was conducted on the newly reconstructed road in Rio Hondo, symbolic of the village recovery from the 2013 siege.

In her short message before the Iftar meal, Mayor Climaco stressed that hosting “Pagbukah” during Ramadan is symbolic of unity, sharing and building good relations with the local Muslims and Lumads in harmony with the Christians.

“I feel what they (Muslims joining the Iftar) feel. They are happy to come and see Rio Hondo on its recovery and reconstruction stage since the siege,” Climaco said when interviewed after the “Pagbukah”

The event was made possible in coordination with the City Interfaith Council of Leaders and was attended by fasting Muslims from different villages along with their respective barangay officials.

Also present were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Elong Natividad, BG Guingona, Noning Biel and Mel Sadain.

The Iftar (Pagbukah) culminates the tradition and symbolizing the normal practice of the Muslim Community (Ummah) the sacred of the Holy Month of Ramadhan on how to break the fast at sunset. It formally starts with prayer/ Dua’a for Peace.

Meanwhile, Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the Islamic calendar as it commemorates Allah sending the Archangel Jibril (Gabriel) to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to convey to him the first verses of the Quran.

The culmination of Ramadan called Eid’l Fitr has been set Friday, a non-working holiday throughout the country. — Vic Larato