Keeping traditional Bangsamoro music and dance alive

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THE BUREAU on Cultural Heritage (BCH) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is organizing classes this summer on traditional music and dances, with the first batch of 22 students completing lessons on Kulintang and the Pangalay last May 10. Ardan D. Sali, BCH-BARMM executive director, said the classes are intended to preserve the culture and tradition of the Bangsamoro by teaching and passing on the knowledge to children. “These cultural treasures are slowly fading. Now, we will slowly revive them,” he said. The next classes will cover the Kutyapi stringed instrument and the Sagayan dance of the Maguindanao and Maranao.