BARRM gov't accepts CTU's apology over performers' Muslim attire during Sinulog Festival
BARRM gov't accepts CTU's apology over performers' Muslim attire during Sinulog Festival
BARRM gov't accepts CTU's apology over performers' Muslim attire during Sinulog Festival
by Ellicia Del Mundo15 January 2024
Photo courtesy: BARRM government Facebook page

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM) government has accepted Cebu Technological University's (CTU) public apology after a group of performers wore Muslim attire during the Sinulog Festival's opening salvo.

In a statement posted on the BARRM government's Facebook page last January 13, Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim conveyed appreciation for CTU's remorse on the incident and look forward that the mistake would not reoccur again.

"We also appreciate Cebu Technological University's gesture of issuing a public apology regarding this incident. We are hopeful that the same sad incident would not be repeated in the future," he said.

Ebrahim said the inclusion of Bangasamoro and Muslim cultural arts and symbols during the Catholic event, which centers on the celebration of Santo Niño, was "indeed misplaced," adding that depicting the Bangsamoro practices "should have come with genuine sensitivity and deep understanding."


But the Bangsamoro Chief Minister said they believe that "open dialogue and mutual respect are essential" in order to "foster better understanding" of their cultural heritage and practices.

He expressed readiness to work with relevant stakeholders "to ensure that cultural expressions are shared in a manner that upholds the dignity and authenticity of our rich cultural heritage."

In its public apology, CTU said it expressed its "deepest and most sincere apologies" to those who were offended and disrespected by the portrayal of Moro people in the Singkil performance.


"We assure you that there was absolutely no intention to cause harm or offense, and we are truly sorry if any aspect of our presentation came across as such," it said.

"We value and respect the rich cultural and religious diversity of our community, including the significant contribution of the Muslim community to Cebu's vibrant tapestry. Inclusivity and understanding are core values of our university, and we strive to celebrate all cultures with sensitivity and awareness," CTU added.

While damages cannot be undone, it assured that they "have learned a significant lesson" and would "work diligently to ensure that such mistakes are never repeated."

"Once again, we extend our sincerest apologies to the entire Muslim community for the inappropriate use of Traditional Muslim attire during the Sinulog Festival. We are eager to engage in open dialogue and take all necessary steps to ensure a more inclusive and respectful university, and we hope to earn back your trust and collaboration in the future," CTU furthered.


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