Batang Madaris ng Sarangani, Iba ka Umangat ka

23 Nov 2018
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“Batang Madaris ng Sarangani, Iba ka Umangat ka”

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 23, 2018) - The Provincial Government of Sarangani, with the cooperation of Sulong Sarangani Madaris for Peace, celebrated its 9th Provincial Musabaqah with the theme, “Batang Madaris ng Sarangani, Iba ka Umangat ka” held at the Capitol Grounds on November 10-12.

This three-day activity involved academic competitions and sports and was participated in by some 2,500 Moro students or the so-called “mulits”, their teachers and facilitators or “ustads” from the different Madaris centers of each of the 6 municipalities of Sarangani, excluding Malungon.

Ustad Abdulbayan Laguialam, Madaris for Peace Project Manager, believed that the reason why there were more participants in this year’s Musabaqah compared to last year, are because the children were more excited of the new activities and the availability of free transportation.

Aside from the academics such as the Alphabetical Arrangement, Word Meaning, and Spelling; and sports like basketball, volleyball and Sepak Takraw, this year’s Musabaqah incorporated storytelling, facilitated by the Moro Women Leaders of Sarangani, and choir competition which are also considered highlights of the event.

Before the Provincial Musabaqah was held, each municipality celebrated their Municipal Musabaqah one to two months prior where participants from their municipalities were also their representatives for the Provincial Musabaqah.

During the awarding and closing ceremony, participants from Maitum placed over-all 2nd runner-up, Maasim was awarded over-all 1st runner-up, and Malapatan bagged the over-all champion of Musabaqah 2018.

Asma Akmad of the Governor’s Commission on Moro Affairs pointed out that “for nine years, the main objective of Musabaqah is basically to increase the camaraderie between and among the mulits, the facilitators, and of course the stakeholders”. She added that this event was important especially for all the Moro children and youth, who are considered to be more vulnerable to violence and extremism, where they were educated to be able to know what is right from wrong.

Ustad Laguialam left a message to all the mulits, where he said that “sana lahat ng sumali sa Musabaqah ay makakuha ng mga leksyon at maging sport lang sa mga competitions, kasi meron talagang mananalo at matatalo.” He also added that Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon’s support has no discrimination and is given equally to all Sarangans, and the tri-people.

Datu Ali Suib, president of the Provincial Student Body Organization for Moro Youth, also encouraged his co-youth to “continue yung pag-aaral natin, gawing maayos yung buhay natin, mag-aral ng mabuti para sa atin at sa bayan natin.”

Ustad Laguialam and the Sulong Sarangani Madaris team hope that the Madaris will continue with its programs such as the Musabaqah, where the Moro children and youth will be educated about the importance of learning how to love peace, with the help and support of the government of Sarangani. (Jori Mae Samillano /SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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