COTABATO CITY—To culminate the National Arts Month celebration in the region, Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (BCPCH) announced the winners of cultural photography and essay writing contests on Friday, Feb. 26.
Twenty (20) contestants participated said competitions sponsored by BCPCH that started last Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Bangsamoro Museum in the city.
BCPCH executive director Ardan Sali said, “as the BCPCH-BARMM joins the nationwide festivities of the National Month for the Arts, we are also showcasing the intrinsic artistry of the Bangsamoro People.”
The regional celebration, in collaboration with Members of Parliament Engr. Don Mustapha A. Loong and Atty.Maisara Dandamun-Latiph, was anchored with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) theme “Alab Sining, Alay Sigla”.
For the cultural photography contest, freelance photographers from Cotabato City, namely Raimarie S. Losaria, William S. Solano Jr., and Raoul C. Gratuito Jr., bagged 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, respectively.
MP Latiph and cultural travel photographers, Noel B. San Andres and Paul Qiambao, critiqued the photographs.
The photographers submitted photographs that captured the festive mood of places, people, tribes, and activities in the Bangsamoro region.
Meanwhile, Honee Dyanne Masurong from the Ministry of Finance and Budget Management (MFBM) emerged as the 1st placer for the on-the-spot essay writing competition.
Janna Jane Berja from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affair (MIPA) won as the 2nd placer, while Manal J. Sugadol of the Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) won as the 3rd placer.
Their pieces were critiqued by Communication Arts Professor, Judy L. Giguiento, from Notre Dame University; and seasoned journalist, Nash B. Maulana.
Contenders were asked to write an essay on how to promote Bangsamoro identity, culture and heritage towards peace, unity, and development in the region.
Along with certificate of recognition, the winners each received cash prizes worth Php7,000.00 (1st place), Php5,000.00 (2nd place), and Php3,000.00 (3rd place).
According to BCPCH officer, Alesa Krista K. Valensoy, the activities they have conducted served as the avenue to promote the diversed Bangsamoro culture even in the time of pandemic.
“The month-long festivities house various activities geared towards maximizing the potentials of Bangsamoro brilliant minds through on-the-spot essay writing and photography contests,” she added. (Bangsamoro Information Office)
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