ANTIQUE LGUS TO COME UP WITH REGISTRY OF CULTURAL PROPERTIES
The St. John of Nepomuceno Church in Anini-y town is one of the tangible cultural properties of Antique province. (File photo)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique — Local government units (LGUs) in the province of Antique are enjoined to come up with a registry of their cultural properties so they could be preserved and promoted.
The Antique Provincial Board in its regular session Thursday passed an ordinance “Enjoining All Municipal LGUs in the province of Antique to Establish and Maintain a Local Registry of Cultural Property and Providing Mechanisms for the Effective Implementation thereof”.
Provincial Board Member Egidio P. Elio, sponsor of the ordinance, said there are tangible and intangible cultural properties in the province that need to be protected and preserved.
“We need to preserve the tangible and intangible cultural properties in the province for the future generations,” he said.
He said among the tangible cultural properties is the St. John of Nepomuceno Church in Anini-y town whose recent restoration was funded by the National Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCA).
The church, which is made of coral stones with a Baroque architectural design, had been administered by the Augustinian friars since 1581.
“We cannot see such grand architectural design of a church like that in Antique anymore,” he said.
Elio, chair the committee on culture and history, said other cultural properties based on the recommendation of the newly-formed Culture and Historical Council are the ruins of the Catholic church, convent, and municipal building in Patnongon town.
“The convent is now the St. Augustine Academy,” he said.
The convent, which has been converted as the St. Augustine Academy for elementary pupils, was built in the late 19th century.
Elio added that there are 20 barangays in the 11 towns of Antique where the rice terraces preserved by the indigenous people, the Iraynon Bukidnon, are also found and need to be preserved.
He also said with the ordinance, municipalities are encouraged to come up with their own listing of cultural properties for the provincial government and the NCCA to possibly fund their restoration.
“The restoration of the tangible cultural properties could be expensive and needs technical expertise which the NCCA has,” he said.
He said intangible cultural properties like songs, dances and traditions of the older people should also be preserved to be passed on to the next generation. (PNA)