Anak Mindanao (AMIN) partylist showcased various Islamic traditions in an exhibition titled “Muslims of the Philippines: History and Culture,” which opened last July 10 and will run until July 14, at Greenway Square, Taft Campus.
The exhibit, in partnership with the Benilde Center for Social Action, featured a number of historical photographs and valuable artifacts hailing from Islamic communities all over the country. Lining one side of the rectangular area of the exhibit was an extensive timeline that described Filipino Moro experiences in great detail, some dating as far back as 500 B.C.E.
Last Wednesday, July 12, an opening ceremony was held to formally introduce the exhibit along with a moment of silence for the victims of the Marawi crash. A lecture courtesy of the independent exhibit curator Ms. Marian Paster-Roces was delivered as well as cultural performances by Benildean Mark Tollas and Coro San Benildo, the College’s resident chorale group.
In an interview with The Benildean, AMIN Campaign and Advocacy Officer Norhaiya Macusang explained their goal is not only to show examples of the rich cultural background of Filipino Muslims and promote mainstream appreciation for it, but also make clear to the masses that their culture isn’t that of strangers or outsiders.
“A majority of Filipinos believe we [Muslims] are not from here [the Philippines]. We’re giving people the opportunity to read the timeline and see the beautiful artifacts from different tribes. [What we want] for the Benildeans, is [for them] to be proud of the Muslims’ culture, because we believe that this is also the culture of the Philippines,” Macusang said.
AMIN has toured their exhibit both in and outside Metro Manila to various venues such as local malls, educational institutions, and workplaces, over the past few months.
Photos by Nicole Constante