“BAGUIO CITY, May 13 (PIA) – – The cultural heritage of Benguet province is up for government support as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts(NCCA) is set to document and to help preserve such historical icons for the future generations.
NCCA Sub-commission for Cultural Heritage Chairman Fr. Harold Rentoria, in an interview, during the 5th Tam-awan (village) International Arts Festival here, disclosed that under the Taoid Heritage Program they are set to conduct cultural mapping in Benguet to help preserve the cultural heritage of the province and at the same time promote the welfare of Benguet artists.
Preserving national heritage is the primary mandate of NCCA through Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.
“We are set to identify cultural icons in Benguet and then we will craft cultural development plan to help preserve it,” Rentoria stressed.
Rentoria also disclosed that they are tying-up with the Department of Tourism (DOT) for the preservation of Benguet cultural heritage and in promoting Benguet artists and artworks.
“Through a partnership with DOT, we aim to promote to tourists, local and foreign alike, where they can find identified cultural heritage and artworks as it shows the identity of us, Filipinos”, Rentoria added.
For the 5th consecutive year in celebration of National Heritage Month, the NCCA in partnership with Chanum Foundation Inc. held the Tam-awan International Arts Festival 2014 at the Tam-awan Village, an artists’ haven here from May 7 to 11.
This year’s TIAF has the theme, “Cordillera Stories: Rituals and Beliefs”.
Aside from culture and art demonstration, there were also presentations of various cultural rituals from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and classroom talks from known speakers, such as United States Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer, Kristin Kneedler who talked on US-Filipino ties on ““Heritage Conservation Projects in the Philippines,” and South African Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso who shared her country’s ““Rituals and Beliefs”. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)”