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YSEALI Caravan Final The Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Alumni Association Cotabato Chapter conducted a YSEALI Caravan in Cotabato City. The activity is headed by Mr. Ryan Bradeen, the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy Manila. Together with the alumni members in Cotabato, they organized a series of activities for the youths in Maguindanao and Cotabato City.

One of that is a lecture forum conducted at Tanghalang Michael Clark, Notre Dame University – Cotabato on June 15, 2016. In the said forum, Ms. Sheryan P. Guialel, the Supervising Cultural Affairs of the Bureau on Cultural Heritage – ARMM was invited to speak about preserving cultural heritage. In the evening, Ardan D. Sali, the Executive Director of BCH – ARMM together with some BCH staffs joined the group with the breaking of fast. This is in acceptance to the invitation from the U.S. embassy to a solidarity meal in observance of the Holy month of Ramadhan.

The following day, a group of young leaders from different secondary schools in Parang, Maguindanao accompanied by the YSEALI alumni members and Mr. Bradeen visited the office of BCH – ARMM. The employees of BCH prepared a short program for them highlighted by the showcasing of the video documentation of the authentic dances in ARMM as well as a live demonstration of the “Kadtubaw and Kapamalong” by Musalik Kabunto. The group also had a chance to learn the different cultures in ARMM through the Lakbay Kultura lectures conducted by the employees of BCH. The program was culminated by a live performance of Kulintang with an accompaniment of a Teduray dance.

Indeed, ARMM is a rich region not just in natural resources but also in culture and human resources. This diverse cultures that can be found in the area should be nurtured and celebrated. It is an important aspect of our life as it identify us with our roots and group where we belong. BCH – ARMM in its pursuit of cultural appreciation, promotion and preservation is always ready to partner and collaborate with any agency or organization to achieve this noble cause. (ESS 06/16/16)

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