From ‘BecomingFilipino’ to ‘BecomingMoro’: Kulas visits ARMM villages’ expo:

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COTABATO CITY (ARMM BPI, July 7, 2018) – ‘BecomingFilipino’ travel blogger Kyle Jennermann, better known on You Tube as ‘Kulas’, visited the mock cultural villages at the seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) here on Friday, July 6.

With him were his fellow travel bloggers, Michael ‘Mike’ Corey – ‘Fearless and Far’ on You Tube – and Mark ‘Kumar’ Yañez. ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia welcomed and toured Kulas and his friends around the villages.

While being fascinated with the beauty of Mindanao, Kulas always wants to visit ARMM areas for a special reason. His visit here is his way of showcasing the way of life of ARMM people and to help break the stereotype about the Moro people and the ARMM per se.

He thinks the cultural villages’ expo is a great avenue for others, especially foreigners, to understand the unique cultures within the ARMM. The experience gained in visiting the ARMM mock cultural villages, he said, was a smooth leap from becoming Filipino to becoming Moro.

ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia welcomes ‘BecomingFilipino’ travel blogger Kyle Jennermann (L), better known on youtube as ‘Kulas,’ at the mock cultural villages within the compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Cotabato City on Friday, July 6. Photo courtesy of ARMM Bureau of Public Information

“I think, you (people of ARMM) have to continue the attitude that you have and do not be afraid to show your culture to everyone,” he said. Kulas has been to different parts of ARMM such as Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao, and is still looking forward to visiting the remaining provinces, specifically Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

For the 32-year-old Canadian blogger, it will always be a pleasure to travel in various regions and get closer to the Filipino people. He said the reason why he came up with ‘BecomingFilipino’ is because he wants to learn and experience how it is to be a Filipino.

Kulas said he always admires the attitude of Filipinos for being strong, resilient, and happy despite challenges, either man-made or from natural calamities.

Corey, a BBC travel show host, said, “There are other interesting countries out there but the Philippines is special because Filipinos are so nice, friendly, and very outgoing.”

Learning the Moro culture through presentations in one setup is a great opportunity to communicate to non-Moro people, and even Moro people as well, what ARMM has done in a short span of time.

Kulas has been living in the Philippines for over four years now and has featured stories online about the beauty of Mindanao through his own BecomingFilipino portal on You Tube. He plans to do more feature stories on the provinces of the ARMM in the coming months.

Kulas and his friends expressed admiration to the mock villages noting they experienced different cultural presentations inside each village. They also enjoyed and tasted various delicacies of each Moro village. “I could truly say, it’s ARMMazing in ARMM,” he said. (ARMM Bureau of Public Information)

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