Cultural properties display opens in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 24 (PIA) – As part of the celebration of the National Heritage Month, the Surigao City Tourism and Cultural Affairs opens the first-ever cultural properties exhibit dubbed as “Mga Kabilin Surigaonon.”

It aims to create more awareness and interest in the artifacts of cultural and historical value that played a crucial part in bringing history to life.

The exhibit is also one way of promoting and preserving local cultural property and rendering it accessible to Surigaonons so that its significance will become part of the lives of people who also may gain consciousness of their own cultural identity and dignity.

“We make it a point that people, especially the Surigaonons will become more aware of our heritage. We do encourage them to preserve our heritage that’s why we intend to showcase or display some  of the Surigaonon cultural properties which we have discovered during our cultural mapping in the different barangays of the city,” said Roselyn Armida B. Merlin, head of the Surigao City Tourism Office.

Included in the display are tadjaw, banga, and other heritage properties and items that were kept and preserved by the Surigaonons for more than 50 years already.

“This has become a treasure of Surigaonons. So, we do encourage people to come and visit these display at the Luneta Park at the ground floor of Surigao Reading Hub Center,” ani Merli.

Part also of the celebration of the Heritage Month was the painting competition among high school students.

The “Pintal Surigaonon” was joined by the contenders from the Canlanipa National High School, Taft National High School, Surigao City National High School, and Caraga Regional Science High School.

Meanwhile, an online songwriting competition was also held for elementary students from several participating schools which include Navarro Memorial Central Elementary School, B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementary School, Talisay Elementary School, Special Science Elementary School, Surigao City Pilot School, at Mariano Memorial Elementary School.

“As young Surigaonons, we are happy and grateful because this exhibit has showcased our rich tangible cultural heritage. Magandang paraan ito para mas lalo pang mapahalagahan ang mga ito,” said Bruce P. Custodio, a student of NEMCO.

With the ongoing pandemic, the local government unit of Surigao City is reminding the public to constantly practice the minimum health standards as the best defense against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (VLG/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)





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