The show showcases the unique Marawi culture and resilience 5 years after the siege

Products showcase traditional Maranao arts and crafts and show the resilience of the Marawi people

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Government and private sector groups are hosting a trade fair in Marawi as they mark the battle that brought the Muslim-majority city to its knees five years ago.

The Marawi Trade Fair and Exhibition at the City Gymnasium, which runs from May 17 to May 23, showcases the rich and unique culture of Maranao through the products of local traders, many of whom were relocated after the government launched a military offensive against the extremist Maute group in 2017.

The products showcase traditional arts and crafts as well as Maranao’s unique culinary offerings and show the resilience of the Marawi people, said Sittie Rahana Jhan Ganda, Head of the Regional Peace and Conflict Resolution Division. of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

“Of course we still want to go home, but right now at this level we have learned to understand the need to have the basic facilities inside Ground Zero first,” said Ganda to Rappler.

Ganda said the government is also helping local entrepreneurs – many of whom were displaced when their communities were reduced to rubble by the 2017 bombings – to sell their products online.

She said they are also setting up a digital marketing platform for Marawi entrepreneurs.

“Most of them are very new to selling online,” Ganda said.

Thousands of families in Maranao have lost their homes and are still living in tents and other temporary shelters after five months of fighting between the military and pro-ISIS militants who the government says wanted to establish a caliphate in the city.

The Bangon Marawi task force said more than 70 percent of infrastructure projects for the city have been completed.

The majority of the displaced have yet to return and rebuild in Marawi town. – Rappler.com

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