Sharing Eid-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
EID’L FITR is the first day in the Islamic month of Shawwal, which marks the end of Ramadan -- the month of fasting, prayers, and sacrifice. It is a very festive celebration. But very few non-Muslim Filipinos know of this celebration, except for the fact that it’s a holiday and there’s no work nor school.
This is what spurred the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) led by Aminah Rasul Bernardo, who also heads the Magbassa Kita Foundation Inc., to partner with the Department of Tourism and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, and Galerie Joaquin to launch the Eid’l Fitr Art Festival highlighted by an art exhibit at The Podium Mall last August 2-9.
Davao artist Kublai P. Millan joined the rank of national artist Abdul Mari Imao along with six Muslim and non-Muslim artists depicting the country’s Moro people and their culture.
Millan depicted in his geomoteric strokes images closest to those of the Islamic faith – domes, minarets, and moons.
Father and son Abdul Mari and Toym exhibited their paintings and wood and brass sculptures that brings forward Moro arts and craft.
Rubio mixed his distorted portraiture of long-necked people in the sleek fashion that is distinctively Moro, with headdresses and veils, while Tamawil depicted the dying art of tapestry in his paintings.
Pingol wove his folksy style to depict Islamic culture, while Tamano, the lone female artist there who is of Moro royalty, shared her thoughts of women empowerment in her painting.
As Ms Amina Rasul said, they want to share the festivity of Eid’l Fitr and make non-Muslims join the celebration as they intend to make this an annual endeavor.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 01, 2013.