A video documentary on Maratabat: Mga Kwento ng Kagitingan sa Marawi (Maratabat: Stories of Valor in Marawi) which narrates the pride and struggles of Maranao survivors in responding to their own needs following massive diaspora during the Marawi siege in 2017 was shown at Yuchengco Museum in Makati, Manila.
The video highlighted the cooperation, collaboration, and self-help responses — to maneuver rescue operations for those caught in the crossfires or within conflict situation, along with local and monitoring international humanitarian institutions.
Narratives of Suicide Squad — prominent Marawi’s local rescue group, and other significant civilian protection measures were highlighted in this documentary.
The video was produced by Ed Lingao, an anchorman of TV5, and of Digital 8 Inc. This project was supported by International Alert- Philippines.
There was constructive appreciation on local heroism and lessons were learned, particularly on community-based models on disaster rescue operations, response, and resiliency.
Photos from various photojournalists who have covered Marawi’s devastation were also displayed in a gallery for public viewing in the venue. Photo journalists who have joined in this exhibit are Ferdinand Cabrera, Manman Dejeto, and Bobby Timonera.
Maradeca Inc.’ executive director Ibrahim Salic attended this event and gave more insights– which ensued following the show, on the need for and the challenges in delivering humanitarian interventions. He was joined with his staff to grace this event.
The Marawi siege displaced hundred thousands of Maranaos from 24 most affected barangays and in neighboring towns following the imposition of martial law and subsequent lockdown within the conflict-affected areas.
The violent conflict between armed elements of Maute group and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) destroyed the main commercial zones of Marawi city, including private residences, mosques, madrasahs, schools, and various government infrastructures.
It displaced 350,000 Maranao residents.