To honor those of the Islamic faith and pay tribute to a culture that is deeply rooted in the country’s history, the Manila city government recently opened its Islamic cemetery and cultural hall.
With Muslim Affairs Bureau director Shey Sakaluran Mohammad and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuña in attendance as well, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso spearheaded the inauguration ceremony within the San Andres district’s Manila South Cemetery.
The event also happened to coincide with the city’s 450th founding anniversary.
Moreno spoke about how the 2,400 square meter burial ground serves as a monument for the city’s history and diverse cultural traditions, for the youth, in order to halt the perpetuation of any prejudices and biases among them.
“Muslims have long been neglected by the local government even as the city’s history showed that even before the Spaniards came, Manila has been the land of the rajahs,” the mayor stated.
Additionally, the burial ground was constructed to address the Muslim community’s plight of having no proper area to lay deceased loved ones to rest.
Director Mohammad praised the city government for its actions, saying that no previous local administration has ever stood by the Muslim community in that way before.
Following the inauguration ceremony, legislation that would mandate other local government units (LGUs) to provide space for a public Islamic cemetery is set to be filed by Maguindanao Second District Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu soon.