"Bul-ug sa agsalsalen na ag-agi hu hapuy!" (One that is tempered passes through the fire!") - Datu Migketay
Friday, 24 February 2012
On March 7-8, 2012 a reaffirmation of kinship ceremony between the non-Islamized inhabitants and the Moro people in Mindanao will be executed in the heart of the Talaandig ancestral territory in Tulugan, Sungko, Lantapan, Bukidnon. The ceremony will be participated by the thirteen (13) Islamized native inhabitants embracing Islam and thirty three(33), sub-groups included, non-Islamized natives recognized by Philippine law as Indigenous Peoples/Indigenous Cultural Communities by virtue of Republic Act No. 8371 otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.
The kinship ceremony will be highlighted with the following:
- presentation of histories of kinship by the Indigenous Peoples and Moro representatives
- execution of the kinship ritual
- signing of kinship covenant
- exchanges of tokens of kinship among the IPs and Moro People
- unveiling of a kinship monument
- recognition and proclamation of the kinship council and descendants of peace pact holders as mechanism to promote the doctrines kinship towards peaceful cooperation, understanding and unity.
The delegates attending the ceremony including guests and dignitaries from national and international agencies are expected to arrive on March 7, 2012 to be able to participate into the opening ceremony and kinship night celebration.
This historic event commemorates the pre-colonial relationship between the Indigenous Peoples and the Moro that was used in settling previous conflicts on lands, territorial governance and use of natural resources.