19th Sultan of Rajah Buayan enthroned in rites

After more than a hundred years of silence, the Rajah Buayan Sultanate of Kudarangan, Rajah Buayan sa Buayan, Cotabato, Mindanao, sprang to life with the proclamation and installation of the 19th Sultan of Rajah Buayan this past weekend. Amid pomp and pageantry, Sultan Haji Mohamad Amir Blao Nandang Bin Tambilawan Bayao II received the crown, sash, belt and kris that symbolized his reign as Sultan of Rajah Buayan Sultanate of Mindanao Darrussalam.

The sultan, a quiet man of 65 years, received those symbols from sultans belonging to other sultanates ; each garbed in shimmering yellow and red costume. Starting on that eventful morning, Sultan Haji Mohamad Amir was declared ruler of seven areas - North Cotabato, Dasawaw of Datu Piang in Maguindanao, Datu Paglas of Maguindanao, Bukidnon Province, Davao Provinces, Caraga Region, and all areas going west from Midsayap, Cotabato.

Venue of his enthronement was the gymnasium of Southern Christian College in Midsayap, two hours away by land from Cotabato City. Guests were other sultans, Muslim leaders and women, government dignitaries, Christian missionaries, and NGO representatives.

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