Posted by: Ces | November 25, 2007

Muslims-Christians take battle in golf course

by Ma.Cecilia Rodriguez September 2007



Cagayan de Oro City – Instead of canons and mortars, Muslims and Christians at the opposite side of Mindanao prefer to fight it out with golf clubs.


A Muslim-Christian friendship golf tournament has been organized by prominent Muslim and Christian figures in Northern Mindanao on September 7,8 and 9 at the famous Pueblo Golf and Country Club here.


Police Senior Supt. Amerodin Hamdag said the event is meant to highlight the friendly relations between Muslims and Christians. He said more than fifteen prominent Muslim personalities sponsored the tournament, among them Agrarian secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Southern Philippines Dev’t. Authority chair Zamzamin Ampatuan and the governors of Sultan Kudarat, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.


Vice President Noli de Castro leads the ceremonial tee-off and has also signified his participation in the games.


“This will show that Muslims and Christians are living peacefully together. Here we are all brothers and sisters,” said Hamdag. He stressed that this tournament is only the beginning of more meaningful events that will nurture the relationship between Muslims and Christians.


Max Sino, co-organizer of the tournament, said the proceeds will be used to set-up a new Muslim-Christian foundation. “The foundation will work on ways to make the ties between Muslims and Christians stronger,” he said.



More than 200 players are expected to join the event which is open to both professional and amateur players. “Almost 30% of the players are Muslims coming from all over Mindanao. They are really happy that the participation of Muslims in a game of golf is highlighted because this is the first time this will happen,” said Hamdag.        

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