By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The city government here is joining celebration of National Heritage Month this May.
The City Tourism Office has lined up different activities in line with said observance from May 20 to 22 and May 27 to 28.
Highlight of the activities on May 20 to 22 include the #MySelfieNationalHeritage Month Contest and Kumbira sa Parke (Festival of Local Food) from 4:00 in the afternoon to midnight at Quezon Park.
Aside from this, there will also be a Heritage Singing Contest (Bulilit Division) on May 20 at 6:00 p.m. also at Quezon Park.
On May 21, there will be a Balik Dulang Pinoy Pambata event in the morning at Quezon Park while a Heritage Photo Exhibit will be launched at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete at 4:00 p.m.
On May 22, there will be a Tayada sa Plaza (Heritage Month Edition) at 5:00 p.m. at Quezon Park.
On the other hand, A Birik-birik Fishing Festival will be held on May 28 starting at 5:00 in the morning at Rizal Boulevard.
On May 29, a Heritage Clean-Up drive will be held at the city heritage site at 6:00 a.m while in the evening, two big events will take place at Quezon Park, namely the Pinahiusang Sayaw at 6:00 p.m. and the awarding ceremony for #MySelfieNationalHeritage Month Contest at 10:00 p.m.
Dumagueteños are also invited to watch the free screening of different cultural documentaries produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as well as films made by acclaimed director Mario J. Delos Reyes and short films produced by students of Silliman University every night starting May 21 at Quezon Park.
The complete list and schedule of activities for the Heritage Month celebration can be accessed at the City Tourism’s official Facebook Page.
Proclamation No. 493 s. 2003 declares the month of May as National Heritage Month “to strengthen the people’s awareness of cultural heritage sites, structures and landscapes, and encourage their participation in the preservation of these cultural legacies through various activities.”
Meanwhile, City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling said that the city council has passed a resolution to activate the City Heritage Council that will supervise the implementation of projects in relation to heritage promotion and preservation. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on May 19, 2016)