Cultural Heritage Festival under Way

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Cultural Heritage Festival under Way


DAVAO City (PNA) Davao, window to the island of Mindanao, is bursting with life and color. The diversity of the people and the rich history, culture and tradition make the city an exciting destination.

Because of these, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Tourism (DoT) in cooperation with the Southern Philippines Tourism Council (SPTC) and the Philippine Airlines have chosen the province as venue to start the National Heritage Month in this city dubbed as the "Mindanao Heritage Rediscovered."

SPTC chairperson Mary Ann "Baby" Montemayor expressed her appreciation for NCCAs gesture. "We are indeed very fortunate the NCCA has chosen Davao City as the kick-off venue of the annual heritage festival."

"The event is an opportune time to showcase the unique cultural heritage of Davao and the entire island of Mindanao. It aims to strengthen the peoples awareness for our own cultural heritage sites, structures and landscapes," Montemayor said.

The National Heritage Festival started by virtue of Proclamation 439 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Aug. 11, 2003 declaring the month of May every year as National Heritage Month.

NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez said the National Heritage Month seeks "to create in the people a consciousness, respect and love for the legacies of Filipino culture, history and to raise material support for the protection of tangible and intangible heritage."

"Our unique and priceless shared Filipino heritage serves as a mirror to provide a face for our identity to reflect and confront our problems with appropriate social transformation; as armor to fight poverty, pollution and corruption, drugs and depravity; an anchor to be rooted in the wealth of our indigenous heritage as a safety net amidst globalization and antidote to cultural homogenization," Alvarez said.

National Heritage Month opened at the City Hall grounds featuring tribal dances and offerings. The opening was attended by Armita B. Rufino, president of the Filipino Heritage Festival; Edu Jarque, representing Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, Montemayor and other officials.

It was followed by the banging of the gong that signaled the opening of the trade exhibit at the Apo View Hotel by Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation headed by Ann T. …

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