Muslim kids join Christmas party

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Who said Christmas is just for Christians?

Twelve-year-old Setty Aina Sarit,12, happily joined about 6,000 children from various barangays of Lapu-Lapu in the annual Children’s Party sponsored by the city government in the Hoopsdome yesterday.

Setty and 32 other Muslim children mingled with other minors for a full day of parlor games, dancing, food and new toys as gifts.

“This is my first time. In our place, we don’t have parties. We get to celebrate after Ramadan but there’s nothing in December,” said Setty.

The annual party for indigent children was first organized during Rep. Arturo Radaza’s term as city mayor and has been continued by his wife incumbent Mayor Paz Radaza.

“Christmas is really for children,” said the mayor.

“Most of these kids are unable to enjoy a Christmas party so we throw one for them.”

The children provided some of the entertainment, dancing “Oppa Gangnam” style popularized by Korean rapper Py.

Each child was given a gift pack containing toys and a packed meal.

The youngsters are beneficiaries of the national government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program where low-income families receive cash aid on condition that their children go to school and show up for medical checkups. Lapu-Lapu city’s Home Care program is another sponsor.

Setty said their Muslim parents explained to them that Christmas is for everyone, regardless of their religion, and that it was a time for children to receive gifts, play games and to enjoy feasts.

Setty, a native of Lanao del Sur, said most of her fellow Muslims residing in sitio Iba, barangay Basak in Lapu-Lapu City come from different places in Mindanao such as Lanao, Agusan del Norte and Zamboanga City.

Her family, excluding her father, left Mindanao years ago to escape armed conflict between the military and rebels years go.

Jimbo Linao, 14, of barangay Ibo, said he looked forward to the annual party to enjoy with his friends.

“It’s only during Christmas parties like this that we get to receive gifts and we’re always present,” said the boy.

It was the first time for siblings Laurence, 7 and Rose Anne, 12 of barangay Agus to attend. “Nalipay kaayo mi kay nakaapil mi og Christmas party nga daghan kaayong mga bata). We’re very happy to attend. There are so many children here.)

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  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/DWRHqlNoppBOATBbtwpQkaAEQdMOmejmkPJb#24a25 jeff

    Lapu-lapu himsself was a muslim. It is very likely, that grand grand 
    parents of today’s christian children were muslims as well. Be it muslim or 
    christmas party, the children have the right to enjoy their childhood with 
    other fellow children. After all, these children are Filipinos in a 
    democratic philippines. Merry christmas to all. 

    • bugoybanggers

      Wala kang ibedensya doy!! Pa english english ka pa! Matagal ng sinasabi iyan kesyo Rjah MUSLIM? Datu MUSLIM? Kalokohan, isa na namang propaganda ng isang CONVERT na BISAYA! Sa SAUDI iyan ang bukang bibig ng mga nabayarang KRISTIANONG bumaliktad para maPROMOTE at SIKAT kamo MATAPANG! Lukohin mo lelang mo! Gagamitin lang ninyo ang mga BATA para makapag INGANYO kayo sa mga MAGULANG ng mga batang KRISTIANO para baliktarin ang paniniwala!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DG3R2AAQZDON2KH45T3YC5DOA del pillar

    Let all the young Muslims join us christian in celebrating christmas. Sooner or later they will learn or know the reason or meaning of christmas, that Christ was born as the son of God The Father to save us all!!!

    • adilibas91

      You are a stupid horrible human being. Xmas has never been about Christ. It was originally a Pagan celebration. Didn’t you read the article? The organizers didn’t say it was for inculcating religion to the kids. They organized it because they were benevolent enough to know that children need to be together and have some fun. Xmas is a great time of the year. It represents joy and everyone in every walk of life can enjoy it. It’s just those narrow-minded people like you who like pushing around people into their dogmatic parochial ethnocentric views of life that makes Xmas less fun than it should be.

  • Guest

     I think that is the true reason for “Pablo” and  not the “RH bill” debate. The storm serves as a warning that Christian fiestas are only to be celebrated by Christians and the pure Muslims should not mingle with these pork-consuming Christians.

    That is a shame that those Muslim parents do not uphold the Islamic values. The karma will be a dead and failing Bangsamoro entity.

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