Sama-Badjao group marks 7th anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 December 2012 14:44

The National Sama-Badjao Movement once again successfully celebrated its anniversary last November 25 at Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga City with a cultural show. The celebration, which is the organization’s seventh in as many years, again managed to draw public attention to this ancient tribe and the rich culture they preserved to this day amid their present social and economic problems.

Guests who observed the event were Vice-Mayor Cesar L. Iturralde, Councilor Melchor A. Sadain, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Region 9 Office Caretaker Engr. George Jocutan, PNP-Salam Police Station PSI Fictal Majuddin, National Sama-Badjao Movement President and Indigenous Peoples’ Convenor in IRSMP Nulhamdo Cegales, Peace Advocates Zamboanga President and IRSMP Lead Convenor Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF and Salaam civic groups volunteers of the different indigenous peoples from various barangays of the city, such as Talon-Talon, Sta. Catalina, Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara and Mampang.

During the two-hour program, Iturralde congratulated the National Sama-Badjao Movement for its continuing, tireless efforts to promote the welfare of Sama-Badjaos and to preserve their culture. He said the Badjaos are very much za part of what makes the city it is today. He also asked the community to continue in unity, because “it is only in this manner that we are able to contribute for progress in the city of Zamboanga.”

Enlivening the show were the numerous pangalay dances rendered by members of the movement from different baranggays throughout the city. The presentations were a major highlight of the evening, attracting a large number of people to the show.

Also present to render a unique culture-rich performance were the Dabana Boys, to whom Fr. Calvo especially expressed gratitude for their recovery of the Dabana music as a beautiful cultural asset of the city.

The event was also one of the pre-Week of Peace 2012 activities, being spearheaded by the IRSMP.  The Week’s theme is “Journeying Towards Sustainable Solidarity in Mindanao”.

The organization is also producing small-sized vinta artifacts, as a livelihood program initiated by NCIP for its members, with their office situated at Arena Blanco. Since 2010, they have been actively supplying such vinta replicas to buyers in Puerto Galera, it was learned.  — Leo Jess Baya/Peace Advocates Zamboanga