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Marawi division sees wearing malong as culture cultivation

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--With the proposal to locally enact the wearing of malong by teachers from both private and public schools here, City Schools Division Superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte-Alonto maintained that such an act duly intensifies the cultivation of their culture as Meranaws. 

She stressed in a public consultation Friday, February 11, that as time passes by, their culture is vanishing with their kids not already knowledgeable about how to wear a malong, a garment traditionally worn by Meranaws, nor they even know kulintang, a musical instrument usually played by the same race. 

Alonto stated that the wearing of malong goes beyond the idea of wearing the garment as this is more than that. 

"We do not solely pertain this resolution to just wearing the malong because malong symbolizes what we are as a race, as Meranaws… Everything is under the umbrella of malong when you speak of culture," she said. 

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Sobaida Diron Ampuan shared that their division office has already been implementing the proposal with personnel wearing malong every Wednesday but she sees it better if this is enacted to be implemented and cover teachers both in private and public academic institutions.

This was confirmed by Alonto who, being a proponent of the raised proposal, also conveyed that this will not in any way hinder the delivery of quality education. 

She earlier stressed that her division office only intends the sustainability of their culture so that their identity as Meranaws will not be forgotten.

“Ang aming nais sa Divison ng Marawi City na ating paunlarin pa ang ating kultura [What we want in the Division of Marawi City is to nurture further our culture… It does not mean that we need to wear expensive malong. The essence of wearing it is sufficient enough to tell that it is our race,” said Alonto. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)

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