MANILA- Filipino Muslims in different parts of the country celebrated the feast of Eid'l Adha on Friday by praying and sacrificing cattle.
In the town of Baungon in Bukidnon, 200 of the finest cows were slaughtered to celebrate the Muslim feast.
Usually, meat from the slaughtered calves are distributed to the poor but with thousands displaced due to the ongoing siege in Marawi City, bags of meat will instead be distributed to home-based evacuees in different villages in Cagayan de Oro City.
In Zamboanga City, 70 cows were also slaughtered in a private school at Barangay Sinunuc. The cows were donated by the Australian Relief Organization, a group doing charity works in conflict-affected areas.
The meat from the slaughtered cattle will be distributed to identified poor families in different villages across the city.
Around 2,500 Muslim devotees in Zamboanga City also gathered in R.T. Lim Boulevard for prayer.
Authorities in Davao City on the other hand tightened security as Muslims convened at the Agro field for the celebration of Eid'l Adha.
"We are implementing tight security due to terror threats. So far, the religious tradition is peaceful and normal," Talomo Police team leader Insp. Victor Maquindang said in local dialect.
Attendees prayed for peace in Marawi City where clashes have left nearly 800 people, mostly terror suspects, dead.
Children also gave white-colored flowers to Muslim women to symbolize peace and harmony.
Eid'l Adha is one of Islam's two major feasts along with Eid'l Fitr.
Eid'l Adha marks the descent of pilgrims as they complete the annual Hajj in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. It commemorates the sacrifice made by Abraham in obedience to Allah’s command.
-reports from Chrisel Almonia, Berchan Angchay, and Greanne Trisha Mendoza, ABS-CBN News