IMUS, Cavite – The city government of Imus has officially turned over its Local Culture Profile (LCP) to the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) in conjunction with the opening of the Pamana Exhibit in celebration of National Arts Month.
Present in the turnover ceremony were NCCA Executive Director Al Ryan Alejandre, NCCA cultural mapping facilitator Cecille Gelicame, Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, city tourism officer Edgardo Saquilayan and other city tourism staff.
The LCP is the output of the cultural mapping project led by the NCCA in partnership with Imus which started in 2017.
“Four years later and with 200+ cultural properties validated, we have come to see the fruits of our collaboration through the Local Culture Profile of Imus,” Alejandre said in Facebook Live as he congratulated the city government for its successful cultural mapping program.
With the help of the researchers, contributors, teachers and students of Imus, the book includes several cultural heritages such as churches, heritage houses, arts, oral traditions, social practices, traditional cuisines among many others.
“Hindi po naging madali ang pinagdaanan ng pagbuo ng significant cultural heritage book, lubos po ang aking pasasalamat sa lahat ng nagbigay ng kanilang galing at talino upang maisakatuparan ang librong ito,” Saquilayan said.
Moreover, Mayor Maliksi explained why this ceremony is a special one for Imus.
“Naniniwala po ako na ito ay isang napakahalagang libro na atin pong magiging giya sa lahat pang patutunguhan ng ating lungsod sa hinaharap. Ito ay isang pamanang alay natin sa mga kababayang Imuseño,” he said.
The National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 was tasked through the appropriate cultural agencies and local government units to establish and maintain the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties (PRECUP).
As of February 2021, PRECUP has registered 8,357 cultural properties across the country and the list or registry is continuously expanding through cultural mapping and registration of newly found properties.
To help local governments identify and account for its cultural properties, the NCCA has established the technical assistance for cultural mapping to support them in this endeavor.