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Thank You! Assalaamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you!) Thank you for purchasing our Village Guide! Part of the proceeds will go to various socio-civic projects of the Young Moro Professionals Network and its partners. This guide features some basic facts about the 2011 Eid’l Fitr Festival and the Moros, our lands, culture and faith… and many more! Find time to read more about us. Make sure to visit the five Peace Villages among the booths at the Music Hall so that you can interact with us. It will build bridges of understanding and peace.

What’s more, if you answer the quiz portions of this guide, you gain the chance to win gifts from our sponsors. All you have to do is to read and be oriented with the rules to be provided at the Secretariat booth.

Eid’’l Fitr It is ideally a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fiṭr means "original nature," implying the restoration of one's best human composition. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting and participation in pious and spiritual activities such as giving charity, active peacemaking, and prolonged prayers during the entire month of Ramadan.

In the Philippines, Eid’l Fitr is a regular holiday, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9177. In line with this Republic Act, President Benigno S. Aquino III proclaimed that August 30, 2011 as a regular non-working holiday.

Anchored on the vision of forging strong partnership between Muslims and non-Muslims and to project the country as an alternative tourism destination, celebrating the Eid’l Fitr has the potential to contribute to the national economy. Responding to this lacking, the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc (MKFI) and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) has organized the 3-day Eid’l Fitr Festival which is supported by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP), SM Mall of Asia, the MMDA and the Metro Manila Council (composed of Metro Manila Mayors). The Festival is envisioned to subsequently become a national tourism activity which hopefully will be part of the economic agenda of the current administration.

The Eid’l Fitr Festival aims to achieve the following: - Promote national unity, peace and harmony through awareness and a better understanding of Filipino Muslim cultural heritage; - Underscore the fact that Muslim culture which is rich, varied, diverse and exciting, is part of the Filipino cultural heritage; - Provide a venue for the orientation of tourist-oriented industries on the needs of the Muslim tourists; - Provide Muslims in Metro Manila a venue for celebrating the Eid’l Fitr; - Provide Muslim traders with a venue to showcase Muslim products, i.e. pearls, fabrics, foods, etc.; - Assist in the promotion of the tourism agenda of the government; - Help in building the image of the Philippines as a Muslim-friendly country; - Promote the Philippines as an alternative destination for celebrating the Eid’l Fitr; and - Promote a positive image of Muslims and Islam.

Bansga Moro The Bangsamoro (Moro Nation) Moro people refers to a population of Muslims in the Philippines, forming the largest non-Christian group in the country, comprising about 5% to 10% of the total Philippine population.

The name Moro was given by the Spanish colonizers to the Muslims in Mindanao whom they found to have the same religion and way of life with the Muslims of North Africa who ruled the Iberian Peninsula for centuries. The Malay word bangsa, which means nation, was prefixed to suggest distinct nationhood. The term has find place in official documents of the Organization of Islamic Conference and agreements between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Bansga Moro There are thirteen Moro ethnic groups, although other smaller tribes are also called "Moro", as the majority of their populations are also Muslims. The tribes are: 1. Sangil 2. Sama 3. Palawani 4. M’ranaw 5. Maguindanaon 6. Iranun 7. Kalagan 8. Yakan 9. Badjao 10. Kalbugan 11. Jama Mapun 12. Malbog 13. Tausug


The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) It is the region, located in the Mindanao island group of the Philippines, that is composed of predominantly Muslim provinces, namely: Basilan (except Isabela City), Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. It is the only region that has its own government. The regional capital is at Cotabato City, although this city is outside of its jurisdiction. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao seeks to fulfill only two general objectives: Development and Peace for its 2.8 million people in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and City of Marawi. Take time to learn more about these provinces by visiting our Peace Villages. Our booths offer a peek of what we have in our native lands.

Our Native Attires We hope you also had time to discuss our native costumes with the villagers. Let’s try matching them with their respective provinces.

Master the Map Since you’ll be visiting us soon, it’s a great start to have some knowledge of basic ARMM geography. Try put stickers as answers to the blank labels below: (Tip: ask help from our villages)

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