Mogpog, Marinduque – The Mogpog Cultural Mapping project continued their critiquing sessions at the at Marinduque State College Extramural Study Center (MSC ESC) in Brgy. Capayang, Mogpog. There are 16 mappers who elaborated at most 80 cultural heritage from the domains of natural, built, movable and intangible cultural last June 8 to 11. Keeping abreast of health and safety protocols, the critiquing session was distributed in four days, accommodating at least four cultural mappers per day through Tuesday to Friday. The invited cultural mapping mentors from School of Education, Bernadette Del Prado and the MSC Culture and Arts Head, Dr. Randy Nobleza took turns in mentoring the new set of cultural mappers since March 25-26 before Holy Week and April 19-22 in observance of National Literature Month. The other mentors were MSC School of Education and alumni of Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education: Mrs Ruby Ann Lantita, Ms Sharmaine Balut and the lead mapper from Marinduque Academy Mr Dennis Jardeleza.

The main objective of the said cultural mapping is to prepare the for 2nd follow-up visit from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts  (NCCA). The previous local mappers were equipped with a five-day training in June 2018 where face to face activities were still allowed accomplishing at least 50% of the initial targets. Then the 1st follow-up visit was held last May 20, 2019 during the pre-pandemic, the cultural mapping project was stalled indefinitely. Until the planning and eventual implementation of the Cultural Mapping Retooling preceding the Gasan and Santa Cruz Cultural Mapping activities. Along with the Cultural Mapping project in Buenavista last October 2018 and the first follow-up immediately after Mogpog and before the scoping and negotiation in the town of Torrijos.

The next phase of the cultural mapping process would be the community validation where all the prepared and accomplished forms 100% complete would be subjected to both internal and external validators’ comments and suggestions. The target of the Mogpog Cultural Mapping team is to have finalized Local Culture Profile composed of 268 cultural elements on or before October this year. In due course, the initial output would be the basis for the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property towards the last quarter of 2021.

MSC ESC endeavors to become a creative and technology hub of the province where research and innovation would take place in collaboration with the stakeholders, academe and private sector.  Headed by Dr. Gerald Gutierrez, MSC Extramural Study Center has paid a courtesy visit to Mogpog Local Chief Executive, Hon. Augusto Leo Livelo for future collaborations for the greater good of the every Marindukenyo, especially the MogpogHenyo (Mogpogueño)!