ZAMBOANGA CITY: Muslims in southern Philippines have sent a brass gong to Pope Francis, who is concluding his four-day visit in the country.
The gong, which is also called “agong,” was shipped all the way from Mindanao, in time for the Pontiff’s outdoor mass at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Raisonel Datu Magangcong, president of the Alliance of Recruitment Agencies of the Philippines-OFW Foundation, said the gong is a gesture of gratitude and high respect for the pontiff and his undying love for Muslims and Christians as well as tribal groups in the country.
He also praised Pope Francis for his concern and support to peace efforts in Mindanao.
“Muslims in southern Philippines sent the agong as their heartfelt expression of gratitude to the pontiff’s s support for the ongoing peace process, which has reached the crucial stage of legislative deliberation,” Magangcong said.
Pope Francis, in his speech in Manila, earlier expressed hope that the government peace efforts in Mindanao will bring just solutions to all.