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Mindanao owns limelight

Bea Micaller

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DoCTORS Christine Godinez-Ortega and Leonard Cariño discussing the epics and textiles of Mindanao.

The Philippines has rich and inspiring cultures and stories that, through the passage of time, remain relevant.

They include the distinct tales about its three major islands that are Luzon , Visayas and Mindanao or LuzViMinda.

Luzon, for one, aside from it being the largest and most populous island in the Philippines, is also the house for the country’s most active volcanoes like Mayon, Taal, Bulusan, Didicas and the explosive Mount Pinatubo.

Aside from it, the central part of Luzon is tagged as the “Rice Granary of the Philippines” as it produce the largest quantity of rice.

Visayas, meanwhile, is famous for its stunning destinations that have captured the hearts not only of the locals but as well as the tourists.

Some of these are Siquijor, Salagdoong Beach, Cantabon Cave and other hidden gems.

Mindanao, on the other hand, is known for a lot of things.

And what made it stand among other islands is its rich and timeless culture.

And recently, it drew attention from foreign audience that was composed of students, artists, writers and scholars who were interested to explore more about the second largest island of the Philippines.

Two scholars from Mindanao conducted the “Tales of Mindanao: The Epics and Textiles of Mindanao” — a series of talks about the region’s stories that was held at the University College London.

“Many foreigners and children of Filipino migrants do not know about our pre-colonial literature,” sai Dr. Christine Godinez-Ortega, renowned Filipino poet, Mindanao scholar and director of the Iligan Writers Workshop.

“They are there for one’s learning about our country’s true self, values and truths.”

Godinez-Ortega introduced different tales of Mindanao while juxtaposing those with contemporary literature by Mindanaoan writers who drew on these tales as inspirations for their work.

“These are in the legends, epics and poetry that should be advanced today lest we give the wrong image about our country,” she bared.

“Before we realized our nationhood, colonialism cut this short. Everyone should help reimagine our country, embrace her diversities and embrace the local towards internationalization.”

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