Boac, Marinduque – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts along with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines provided technical support to Marinduque State College. As a post-Heritage Month activity, MSC is still celebrating with all Filipinos the Happy Heritage Month! By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 439, s. 2003, the month of May has been annually celebrated as the National Heritage Month. This observance aims to create among the Filipino people a consciousness, respect, and love for the legacies of the nation’s cultural history. This 2022, the National Heritage Month banners with the theme: “PAMANANG LOKAL: Binhi ng Kulturang Pilipino” which highlights the importance of preserving and promoting local heritage within a community and its impact in shaping the Philippine cultural identity. It calls on each and every Filipino to return to our cultural roots and appreciate the rich legacies passed on from different generations. As part of the said celebration, the NCCA enjoins all cultural agencies, national government agencies (NGAs), schools, Philippine embassies and consulates, public libraries, and private institutions to participate in the national event by encouraging them to initiate various heritage-related activities including heritage-related tours, lecture demonstrations, conferences, exhibits, online advocacies, clean up drives in declared cultural and historical sites, and more.

Last June 1 to 3, Marinduque State College hosted a Seminar with a theme of “PAMANANG LOKAL: Binhi ng Kulturang Pilipino” a Heritage Preservation an Interphase Project between Marinduque Study Center (MSC) and Cavite Studies Center (CSC) (DLSU-D) in collaboration with the National Historical  Commission  of the Philippines. The commissioner of the NHCP, Dr. Lino L. Dizon joined the seminar with Mr. Alvin R. Alcid Deputy Executive Director for Events and Program, Mr Jonathan C. Balsamo, Tourism Officer from Valenzuela, Professor Michael Angelo A. Doblado, Director of Palawan Studies Center, Dr Jose Andres L. Diaz, President of Bacoor Historical Society and Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo, Director of Cavite Studies Center. Also Hon. Armi DC. Carrion, Local Chief Executive joined the said seminar. This “PAMANANG LOKAL: Binhi ng Kulturang Pilipino”a Heritage Preservation was organized by Dr. Randy T. Nobleza, Director of SWK at Marinduque State College.  

MSC also held an inception meeting about island and archipelagic studies Massive Open Online Course and Marinduque History 2 storytelling and storybook packages a day earlier with the Institute of Arts and Social Sciences Dean and MSC Department of Fisheries Dean along with BA Communication and BA English Language Studies students. After which, the MSC historical collection and preservation also firmed up its preparations for the 70th foundation of MSC in 1952 by June 21. To cap the interphase event, a heritage tour was undertaken in the towns of Boac and Mogpog, visiting the Boac Cathedral, Casa Real, Marinduque Provincial Capital, Mogpog Municipal building, National Museum Marinduque-Romblon Area and MSC Extramural Study Center Book Nook Marinduque.

More than 100 participants mostly from the Bachelor of Culture, Arts Education (BCAEd) and Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education (GDCE) attended the in-person activity at the MSC audio-visual room graced by the Boac Municipal Chief Executive Armi DC Carrion while the Marinduque provincial governor imparted his message through video recording. The second-day was livestreamed via facebook live and zoom meeting app with Local Government of Mogpog, Boac, Gasan and Torrijos representatives were able to participate online.

By Vanessa Ogayre

SWK Intern