Province of Lanao del Norte is home to people with diverse culture living harmoniously for so long a time. Maranao people are one of the inhabitants in the province who have helped in sustaining the peace and security which contributes to the steady economic growth of Lanao del Norte.
Maranaos are part of the wider Moro ethnic group in the island of Mindanao which practices the religion of Islam introduced by Muslim traders from the Persian Gulf, Southern India, and from Malay Archipelago in the 13th century.
In the Philippines, Islamic holidays are integrated in the official list of national holidays. Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha are two of the official holidays in Islam. Eid’l Fitr is celebrated after a month of fasting or Ramadan. Eid’l Adha is observed on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah and last for four days, during which Muslims slaughter sheep (or cattle) and distribute its meat in three parts: among families, friends and the poor in a friendly manner, also at this time, Muslims are encouraged to greet each other.
Eid’l Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, before God provided a ram to sacrifice instead.
In the Province of Lanao del Norte, particularly in the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Beef Sharing Program of the provincial government has been regularly practiced to show solidarity and oneness with the Muslim populace in celebrating one of the important holidays of Islam.
Municipal Vice Mayor, Honorable Motalib M. Dimaporo, expressed gratitude to Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo and to the two Representatives of the Province, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo for providing the cattle as sacrifice for the ritual in commemorating the feast and share the meat amongst each other including non-Muslims.
The Beef Sharing Program of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte was held in Bauyan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo Municipality on August 21 to 22 under the supervision of the Provincial Veterinarian Office headed by Dr. Fritzie P. Provido. PIO-LDN