DLSZ Presents Pagkilala sa Kultura at Kasaysayan ng mga Kapatid na Muslim sa Pilipinas: Daan Tungo sa Kapayapaan

De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) presents Pagkilala sa Kultura at Kasaysayan ng mga Kapatid na Muslim sa Pilipinas: Daan Tungo sa Kapayapaan (An Exhibit and A Dialogue). It was launched on August 29, 2017 and will run until September 8, 2017 at the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) Lobby and Mezzanine.

The exhibit, managed by a well-known Filipino curator Ms. Marian Pastor Roces, is mounted by Anak Mindanao Party List and TAO, Inc.  According to TAO Inc., the exhibition aims to be a compelling portrayal of Muslim Filipinos in a way that has never been done before.  It challenges stereotypes by close views of historical timeline, of a presentation of archival photographs, of examples of intricate Muslim Filipino art, and of rare artifacts.  The exhibit uses illustrations, photographs, videos, as well as artifacts to give viewers a glimpse of the Muslim culture and history in the Philippines, with history dating back hundreds of years all the way to contemporary Muslim Filipinos representing Maranao, Maguindanao, Iranun, Sama and Tausug.  An extensive timeline traces the arrival of Muslims in the Philippines up to the present era.  Antique swords, textiles, carvings, musical instruments, brassware further concretize the intricacy of muslim culture.

It also aims to bring to the fore information that is not being discussed or noticed in mainstream Philippines.  It will add to the knowledge base not only about Muslim Filipinos as a unique population segment, but a kind of culture and history that has persisted through tremendous conflict.

There is a section dedicated to Marawi which includes literary piece, and photographs of places and arts in Marawi that have already been destroyed in the on-going conflict.

The exhibit hopes to bring the history and culture of Muslims closer to the hearts of people, and to the everyday consciousness, towards cultural understanding nationwide.

Some Features of the Exhibit:

  • A visually creative timeline of the history of Muslims in the Philippines.
  • Artifacts like the Gabbang or bamboo xylophone and the Panolong.
  • A wing-like representation of vernacular Maranao houses called Torogan.
  • A visual representation of the map of Mindanao and Sulu where the seas, mountains and rivers stand proud.
  • Colorfully woven and embellished traditional attires from the Maguindanaon, Yakan, Maranao, and Tausug;
  • The famous banig weaving from Tandubas and Laminsa, Sulu. These extraordinary mats are rare as Sulu is remote to outsiders.
  • Glass-encased artifacts such as weaponry, which reveals the Muslim’s advanced craftsmanship. Among them are the kampilan, a long, single-edged sword with an ivory handle, which shows the strength of the Maranaws-Maguindanao and Tausugs in metal tradition; and the pirah, a wider version of the bolo or scabbard, with a birdlike horn hilt, produced by the Yakan.
  • The textile tradition with the pis siyabit, a silk head cloth from the Tausugs; and the saputangan, a square head kerchief showing rich tapestry (a handwoven fabric with complex patterns).
  • Muslim delicacies and other products.