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Cebu Muslims to mark Ramadan with feast

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (24 October) -- "The Cebu City government has allocated P100,000 to ensure that the city's Muslim community is given a chance to practice their faith and traditions for the celebration of the Eid'l Fitr (Ramadan) today.

Cebu City Public Information Officer, Nagiel Banacia said, "Muslims from at least 10 mosques in Cebu City will gather tomorrow at the South Reclamation Project (SRP) to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. At least 20 tents are set up near the Malacanang sa Sugbo building to shade the participants during their prayers."

According to Banacia the City Government had prepared the area for a big barbecue party after the prayers and a program. "Several goats, chickens and at least one cow will be prepared for the activity. It will be like a big picnic among the Muslims," he added.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena was given the honorary title of Sultan of Cebu City by the Muslim community in 2003.

Ramadan, which began late September, is a special month in the Islamic lunar calendar, that is marked with fasting, spiritual introspection and renewed commitment to God among the Muslims. October 24, is the end of Ramadan or Eid'l Fitr and is a regular holiday under RA 9177.

In similar developments, workers are entitled to compensation on October 24, a regular holiday in observance of the Eid'l Fitr regardless of whether they report for duty or not, according to the Dept. of Labor & Employment.

President Gloria mcapagal-Arroyo declared October 24 throughout the country in observance of Ramadan, which is celebrated by the Muslims World to promote cultural understanding and integration, and to give the Filipino nation the chance to join Muslims in the celebration. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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