The opening of the month-long event is set on January 13.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 will highlight “Habing Mindanao,” a showcase of the undying artistry and ingenuity of Mindanao weavers.
Tourism regional director Sohura Dimaampao said the weavers, mostly Muslims from the South, will demonstrate the application of the indigenous patterns and colors in contemporary styles for Barong Filipino for men and women, the country’s national costume.
The DOT both in Southwestern Mindanao and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will also feature the regions’ culture, arts and crafts, history, heritage, music, songs, dances, cuisine, attractions, destinations, festivals, and their people.
The DOT in the two regions will carry the theme, “Kuyog Tano Ku Kalilintad” (Together in Peace).
“In Mindanao, peace is our advocacy. And we’re inculcating this campaign to the minds and hearts of our children, the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders of this nation,” Dimaampao said.
Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez, who is also presiding officer of the Regional Development Council, said the tourism campaign will not only highlight the “one town one product” (OTOP) program and regional delicacies but also the regional interventions to attain peace and development in the area. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)