ARMM to reopen mock cultural villages
Cotabato City (15 January 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will reopen the mock cultural villages inside the regional government’s compound in this city this February, officials announced Wednesday.
The five mock villages, which represent the component provinces of ARMM, were put up in November last year as part of the region’s 25th founding anniversary celebration. They offered visitors the chance to experience the culture, cuisine and sights in each province.
A series of competitions also pitted the villages against one another with the Sulu mock village emerging as the overall champion. Activities in the villages ended following the culmination of the anniversary celebration in December last year when the structures were supposed to have been taken down.
But lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said there is a strong public clamor to sustain the presence of the mock villages, which have attracted at least 30,000 visitors during their more than a month running.
Alamia said the regional government does not have the necessary fund to revive the villages and will be inviting partners from the private sector to take part.
She said the mock villages proved to be viable tourist attraction and offer a good business opportunity. (Bureau of Public Information)