The Intangible Cultural Heritage Council of Bacolod City ordinance, authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., that aims to safeguard, develop and promote Bacolod City’s intangible cultural heritage, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on June 26, a press release from his office said.
Gamboa said that because of the importance and relevance of this type of cultural heritage, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has created a separate unit, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Unit (ICH), to purposely and solely document, recognize, create, maintain and transmit that such given expression and practice is well preserved and safeguarded.
Cecilia Picache, head of the ICH-NCCA, commended Gamboa for having authored the landmark ordinance as a “welcome development considering that ICH is not yet as widely known as our tangible heritage” which deemed said ordinance as a “landmark ordinance”, and which is unparalleled since it is considered the first in the Philippines.
To institutionalize and localize the ICH of Bacolod City that would intersect with existing executive orders and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage guidelines, Gamboa caused the crafting of the ordinance to oblige the city government of Bacolod to ensure viability of its ICH, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, and enhancement of its intangible cultural heritage.
Gamboa had also authored the “Tangible Heritage Ordinance”, known officially as an “Ordinance Providing for Protection and Conservation of Bacolod City Cultural Properties, Historical Markers, Monuments and Shrines” last year thus, “completing the connection and conservation of all memories of the past which identifies us from the rest of the world, deepening our sense of unity, belongingness, and national pride.”
He said that one of the requirements for the Seal of Good Local Governance given by the Department of Interior and Local Government is to have an ordinance specifically focused on the preservation and conservation of local heritage, both the tangible and intangible.
This is timely because, very soon, the city will have its museum which would house and maintain an inventory of these documented artifacts, instruments, expressions, and practices to be preserved as part of our ICH, Gamboa added.*
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The school-based environment group, called the Bacolod City College Advocates for Kalikasan: Unifying, Restoring, Augmenting and Nurturing (Bakuran), held a tree planting activity at the Bacolod City College Sum-ag campus recently, its press release said.
The activity, held to culminate the celebration of the Environment Month of June, was participated by about a hundred students and faculty members of the BCC, including the officers and members of other campus students’ organizations.
Bakuran president, Jabel Dalumpines, who is also the president of the BCC-Marketing Management Society, said the celebration aims to “instill in the college community, especially to students, the advocacy of giving importance to the preservation of a balance and healthful environment in harmony with nature”, the press release said.
“Bakuran believes in the vital role of trees and each importance to ecological stability and to combat the loss of our natural resources and rejuvenate the environment and its sustainability. Though the activity was a simple planting of tree seedlings, yet it invokes a long term values of appreciating ecological stability,” he added.
Dalumpines stressed that the activity will be institutionalized, through the establishment of a Bakuran nursery in the school’s backyard.
BCC administrator, Ma. Johanna Ann Bayoneta, founder of Bakuran, said the event will not end by just planting a tree as she emphasized that unity, restoration, augmentation, and nurturing are what Bakuran stands for.
She lauded the participation of the dean of Instruction, Elias Alias, Mary Jane Alunan - Student Affairs Services coordinator, staff Jessa Pautining and Rennielle Abayon, Efren Lanase - program chair of the College of Business Education, Valentino Argel - program chair of the College of Industrial Technology, Junalyn Libiran - CES coordinator, and other student organizations that encouraged the BCC community to fully support the advocacy.
A memorandum of agreement on “Plastrict-Plastic Free BCC” was also signed, and set forth the terms and conditions, scope of work and responsibilities of concerned parties to campaign for the reduction and eventual eradication of single-use plastics at the Bacolod City College, the press release added.*
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Museology workshop conducted
Cultural workers and enthusiasts from Negros Occidental were taught basic museology and exhibit development as part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ scholarships grants in Negros Island, a press release said.
The activity, held at The Negros Museum in Bacolod City recently, is part of more than 40 courses on culture and arts offered for free at the Hanas Scholarship program, funded by the NCCA in partnership with West Visayas Museum Association Inc., Negros Cultural Foundation, and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod.
The NCCA granted the partner organizations about P4 million to invite local, national, and international artists to come to Bacolod and teach courses in visual arts, dance, theatre, weaving, film, music, museology and creative curriculum.
The museology course was conducted by Christian Acevedo on June 14 to 15 and 27 to 29, while exhibit development was lectured by Lyn Mapa on June 20 to 22.
Mapa said the exhibit development workshop aims to help cultural workers understand the importance of creating exhibitions that tell stories, educate and inspire, and help them curate original exhibits, taking note of details such as the general theme and materials, the press release said.
The 19 participants from Bago, Kabankalan, Sipalay, and Himamaylan included cultural workers, museum staff, teachers, and representatives from museums like the Tana Dicang Museum, Balay Negrense Museum, and The Negros Museum.
Acevedo also said learning museology is important as a museum aims to collect, preserve, and interpret arts and cultural pieces, and its exhibition must tell a story.
The workshop on museology ended with a mock tour around The Negros Museum and the put up of a mini-museum, while the exhibit development workshop participants created proposal and a mini-exhibit.
Hanas director Rudy Reveche said the program aims to hone the skills of second-liners in the fields of performance arts and cultural management through seminar-workshops, lectures and fora. The program “has enabled the masters to connect to the young and budding artists and gave cultural workers the necessary knowledge and skills to sustain the tradition of art making and networking.”
The workshops started December last year and will end through the graduation of close to a thousand participants in August, the press release added.*
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