Tourism in Mindanao

The tourism industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) remains a work in progress in organization and promotion, according to an officer of the Mindanao Tourism Council (MTC).

Araceli Ayuste, chairperson of the MTC, said the recent third leg of the “B’yahe Ta Mindanao,” highlighting the tourist spots, destinations, and cultural activities of Maguindanao and Cotabato City had shown the vast potentials of the tourism industry in the ARMM.

“There is a lot to be done, but the area is full of tourism potentials,” she said.

As this developed, Ayuste suggested to the organizers of the colorful Guinakit Festival which recalls the entry of Sharrif Mohammad Kabungsuan, the first Islam preacher to Mindanao in the Pre-Hispanic Era, need to come up with several categories like a fluvial boat competition intended separately for big and small boats in order to draw more participation from the Muslim residents.

She observed that in the latest competition which involved 13 fluvial boats, the three biggest boats got the biggest prizes while the 10 smaller boats only received consolation prizes.

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