The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) will host this year’s National Qur’an Reading Competition at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City.
Director Louie Piang, NCMF bureau of cultural heritage director and competition in charge, said 34 participants from various parts of the region will compete in the reading contest to be held at UP Film Center on June 2.
The winners both in male and female category will represent the Philippines in the International Qur’an reading assembly tentatively to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 6.
At least 70 countries will send their respective representatives in the Kuala Lumpur competition.
Piang said the Philippines had one representative who was declared international champion in the name of Isnayra Bantayao in 2000 and last year, a male reader from Cotabato City won the second place.
Piang said NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain has assured this year’s national Qur’an reading contest would be as colorful and meaningful as in the past.
The competition has the full backing of the Saudi Arabian embassy and other representatives from Muslim countries who have diplomatic relationship with the Philippines.