The Center for West Visayan Studies concluded the celebration of Heritage Month with a Lecture-Forum and Exhibit on May 30, 2023 (Tuesday), 9:00 AM – 12:00 NN, at the UPV Little Theater with the theme, “Heritage: Change and Continuity.”
The activity aimed to gather the academe and various government agencies to discuss matters related to West Visayan cultural heritage, present various initiatives related to heritage preservation, and highlight the potential of cultural heritage in enhancing social capital and boosting economic growth.
Speakers who are experts in their chosen fields delved into the dynamic relationship between heritage preservation and evolving societies.
Alfie Anthony Neodama, Special Science Teacher I from Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas lectured on fishers’ migration and fishing heritage in her topic, “Pangayaw” and Heritage: A History of Fishers’ Migration and a Transfer of Artisanal Fishing Knowledge in Western Visayas.”
Merlyn Geromiano, Museum Researcher from the National Museum Western Visayas, shared their office’s best practices as well as the various initiatives of the National Museum all throughout the country in her topic, “Museums and Heritage Conservation: Collections Conservation, Universal Access, and Public Engagement.”
Juvelyn Boniba-Pamonag, Senior Economic Development Specialist from the National Economic and Development Authority – Regional Office VI, presented the national and regional development plan and highlighted the integration of culture and heritage in development planning in her topic, “Realizing the Vision: Culture and Heritage in Development Planning.”
Participants to the said lecture-forum included the UPV community, various government agencies, local government units, students from state universities, and local artists, among others.
The event was spearheaded by the Center for West Visayan Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences together with the UP students from PI 100 classes, KAS 1 classes, and Soc Sci 5 classes.