By Rohanie Tan Yahya
COTABATO CITY —As part of the celebration of the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Bangsamoro Sports Commission (BSC) officially opened Monday, Sept. 10, the BARMM Sports Festival dubbed “Morolympics” held in front of Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) grounds, Bangsamoro Government Center, in this city.
Employees from the different BARMM ministries and offices participated in the traditional games such as Luksong-Sako (sack race), Luksong-Lubid, Luksong-Baka, Tulak-Gulong, Tumba-Lata, and Kadang-kadang.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) players won as the overall champion in the competition, followed by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) as 1st Runner-up, Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) as 2nd Runner-up, and Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) as 3rd Runner-up.
BSC Chairman Nu-man Caludtiag emphasized that the purpose of sports activities is to promote camaraderie, friendship, and sportsmanship among BARMM employees.
“It is an avenue for us to showcase our talent and skills, and we are hoping for peaceful sports as we are promoting peace through our sports initiatives,” Caludtiag stressed.
Meanwhile, Bangsamoro Martial Arts enthusiasts showed their skills and talents in Brizilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokushin Karate, and Filipino Martial Arts su as Arnis Kali System and Apo Radzak Dose-Pares performance during the karate demonstration at the Commission on Audit (COA) covered court.
“We have several martial arts-skilled and talented fellow Bangsamoro in the region, and I encourage everyone, especially the youths, to learn the Martial Arts instead of being busy with some bad vices,” said Acmad Montañer, Kyokushin Karate BARMM Chapter chief instructor.
Montañer said that when it comes to martial arts, the main objective is the perfection of one’s character.
“This means that a Karate person needs to be a good citizen or person; next is to build self-confidence to be prepared for any future confrontations,” Montañer stressed. (With the story from Kasan Usop, Jr./BIO)