MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 5 (PIA) -– The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) formally inaugurated the first Bangsamoro Museum on Feb. 4 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City.
The Bangsamoro Museum is a facility established under Executive Order No. 32 s. 2019.
It serves as a repository of artifacts, works of art, as well as textual and iconographic records relevant to the cultural memory of the Bangsamoro people in the ARMM.
Gov. Mujiv Hataman, who led the opening of the museum, said it was not easy for the regional government to put up the facility.
However, the assistance of a national curator and the competence of the workforce of the Office of the Regional Governor drove him to push for it.
He also noted the importance of the inauguration of the facility for ARMM and for the next generation.
The Bangsamoro Museum was organized under independent curator and institutional critic Marian Pastor Roces.
She said the purpose of its establishment is to collect significant stories of the Bangsamoro people through the exhibition of different artifacts from the region.
Roces said she admires the resiliency of the Bangsamoro people and this is the reason why during the conceptualization of the museum’s theme, her group collected objects that convey stories of courage and survival as their main value.
Curation is a process of organizing and managing artifacts to ensure that they remain tangible and visible for the years to come.
The Bangsamoro Museum has its permanent exhibition which presents artifacts from the different parts of ARMM that have existed for centuries.
Visitors can also appreciate the textiles produced by Maranao women during the Marawi Siege as means of survival, recordings of the Tausug Kissa-chanting of the Bud Dajo massacre, a personal library of Moro Islamic Liberation Front founder Hashim Salamat, and the 2,000-year-old archeological artifacts of Kulaman plateau, specifically burial urns.
Aside from the artifacts, the museum also has ample space reserved for receiving important documents in the future.
The museum currently exhibits documents related to the peace process, including the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
Along with the launching of the Bangsamoro Museum was the formal opening of the ARMM Regional Library which it has already been open to the public. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA10)
Original source: https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1018114