COTABATO CITY—Winners from every five provinces of BARMM, who took the best images in the recent 2021 regional photo contest dubbed “Bangsamoro: Revealing its Hidden Treasure”, were recognized thru a virtual awarding ceremony held Wednesday night.
The competition was organized by the Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism – Bureau of Tourism (MTIT-BOT). It was opened to all interested participants last Aug. 10 until Sept. 20, 2021. [Related story: MTIT to showcase Bangsamoro hidden treasure thru region-wide photo contest]
The ministry granted Php15,000.00 for the 1st prize winners, Php10,000.00 for the 2nd prize, Php5,000.00 for the 3rd prize, and an additional Php3,000.00 for the consolation prize for five (5) participants from each province.
The following are the first prize winners from each province: Abdurahim Abubakar (Basilan), Al-Arief Plawan Mangata (Lanao del Sur), Nursalyn Mukattil (Sulu), Abdullah Mahmod (Maguindano), Ali-Mouktar Mohammad Tilka (Tawi-Tawi), and Salih Zangcala from the city of Cotabato.
In his message, MTIT Minister Abuamri Taddik reiterated the purpose and wisdom behind the initiative which is “to showcase the region’s rich tourism, trade, and industry assets and authentically unique and flourishing indigenous arts, heritage, and biodiverse resources.”
“With the objective of portraying an economic friendly environment that will generate jobs and revenue increase of the region, we thank all those who submitted their photo entries,” Taddik said.
Meanwhile, Engr. John Lomboy, OIC Director of MTIT-BOT, reminded that the photographs featured “will not be wasted and will be utilized as information, education, and communication (IEC) materials of the ministry to promote and market the different tourism potentials, including trade and industry assets of the Bangsamoro region.”
MTIT Deputy Minister Atty. Sukarno Abas ensured that the ministry will continue to do the same project in order to showcase the BARMM assets and highlighted the importance of cleanliness in the tourism industry and to the appreciation of foreigners and visitors.
Also present during the ceremony was MTIT Director-General Rosslaini Alonto-Sinarimbo who thanked the participants who took time to join and submit their entries, saying, “I invite you to see our winning photos and discover hidden gems we have.”
Journalist Ferdinandh Cabrera, human rights advocate and Parliament Member Amilbahar Mawallil, and Sabah Photographic Society member Hassan Bin Anding critiqued the competition. (Bangsamoro Information Office)