Vinta Festival in Sulu aims to bring peace, progress to the province

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A grand spectacle of colors adorned the seas of Jolo, Sulu as vintas sailed off the island's coast last Sunday (February 14) for the first-ever Vinta Festival.

It was organized by the Joint Task Group of Sulu.

The spotlight was on the Badjaos that showcased 46 vintas donated to them by the Joint Task Group Sulu, the local government and other organizations in Mindanao.

Locals of Sulu watched in awe of the spectacle of vintas at sea.

Badjaos who received the vintas said they are happy to start their livelihood with the traditional boats that define their culture and identity.

According to Brigadier Gen. Alan Arrojado, the fluvial parade is part of the Terrorism to Tourism program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that aims to bring peace, progress and prosperity in Sulu.

Major Gen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr., ZAMBASULTA (Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) division commander, said this initiative shows how the military has evolved into a multi-dimensional organization.

Aside from the Vinta Festival, the Joint Task Group Sulu is also set to launch the Kite-Flying Festival of Sulu in April.