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LOOKING BACK MARCH. ARMM celebrates the 2015 Bangsamoro Week of Peace

Cotabato City (12 March 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will conduct a peace caravan and photo exhibit that underscore the history and struggle of the Moro people to mark the celebration of the Bangsamoro Week of Peace this 12 to 18 March.

With the theme “Rekindling Bangsamoro Consciousness towards Sustainable Peace”, this year’s line-up of activities aims to raise consciousness of people not only within the ARMM, but also outside, of the history and the struggle for peace of the Bangsamoro.

Now on its fourth year, the Bangsamoro Week of Peace will feature three major activities – a photo exhibit in different secondary schools, colleges and universities in the region, a peace caravan in Quezon City and the commemoration of the 1968 Jabidah massacre in Corregidor Island to cap the celebration on 18 March.

The photo exhibit will run from 16 to 18 March in identified schools in the five component provinces and two cities of the region. The photos that will be featured in the exhibit depict the Bangsamoro struggle and their vibrant culture.

Hanie Bud, general manager of ARMM’s Regional Ports Management Authority, is overseeing the weeklong celebration.

He said a contingent from ARMM, NGOs, religious groups, peace advocates and Moro groups in different parts of the country will hold a peace caravan at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on 17 March to highlight Bangsamoro history and culture and underscore the call for peace.

The one-week event will culminate with the commemoration of the Jabidah massacre on 18 March in Corregidor Island. The activity will be spearheaded by ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

The Jabidah massacre on 18 March 1968 is considered to be a major turning point in the struggle for self-determination of the Moro people.

The Bangsamoro Week of Peace is a commitment of the ARMM government to raise awareness on the Bangsamoro consciousness and identity, mandated under Executive Order No. 11 promulgated on March 2012. (Bureau of Public Information)
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