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Tennun Pakaradjaan to highlight Basilan’s journey to peace on its 50th founding anniversary

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (PIA) – The province of Basilan is gearing up to celebrate its golden anniversary from February 27 to March 7. 

The theme for the festivities is "Basilan@50: Advancing Our Gains, Expanding Our Capabilities Towards Better Life For All." The celebration, dubbed Tennun Pakaradjaan Basilan, will showcase the rich culture and traditions of the province, especially its tennun weaving tradition, as well as its journey towards peace and development.

Pakaradjaan is a Tausug and Yakan word meaning "merry-making." It was first held in 2011 and has become an annual event. However, some activities were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The provincial government, under the leadership of Governor Jim Salliman, and all local government units in different cities and municipalities are preparing for a meaningful celebration, with major activities including a cultural parade, an agro-industrial fair, a cultural presentation, and the search for Mussah Si Tennun Pakaradjaan. 

The cultural parade brings together representatives from cities, municipalities, government offices, private sector organizations, and more to converge at in a chosen venue and date during the celebration. The agro-industrial fair provides an opportunity to showcase products from various sectors. The cultural presentation is a competition where contingents showcase their unique local cultures, depicting the history of Basilan and its people.

The participants for the cultural presentation will showcase their unique cultures, depicting the history of Basilan and its people.

Moreover, the search for Mussah Si Tennun Pakaradjaan is a unique pageant organized to provide young women a chance to showcase their talents and advocacy while bearing the unique personalities of women in Basilan using the tennun textile.  The tennun is a famous woven fabric made by Yakans, known for its eye-catching and colorful textiles adorned by tiny motifs. The Yakans have a strong weaving tradition, where these handwoven cloths are an integral part of their way of life.

Basilan became a city in 1936, and on December 27, 1973, was granted the status of a province through Presidential Decree No. 356. The inaugural rites for the formal installation of public officials occurred on March 7, 1974. The date has become the basis for the founding anniversary celebration.

The candidates for Mussah Si Tennun Pakaradjaan 2024 with Governor Jim Salliman

As Basilan celebrates its golden year,  it hopes for a more peaceful and progressive province in the years to come, inspired by the unique challenges it has faced in the past. (RVC/EDT/NDR-PIA Basilan)

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Nilda Delos Reyes

Information Officer II

Region 9

Currently the Information Center Manager of Basilan Infocenter

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