DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Close to a thousand participants composed of indigenous people and Moro from different parts of Mindanao staged a cultural night at Bankerohan gymnasium Friday, Oct. 7 to kick-off the group’s national caravan.
Songs and cultural presentations depicting the plight of Moro and indigenous people’s in Mindanao were among the highlights of Friday’s cultural activity.
This year’s national caravan is called Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya para sa Sariling Pagpapasya at Makatarungang Kapayapaan (Journey of the National Minorities for Self-Determination and Just Peace).
Kerlan Fanagel, chairperson of the Pasaka Lumad Confederation in Mindanao, said this year’s caravan would focus on the “human rights issues” which would be presented before the government agencies in Manila.
Fanagel said participants from Mindanao will begin travelling today, Oct. 8. The group, he added, will be hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman campus during the whole duration of the activity. (davaotoday.com)