DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Province of Davao Oriental will host again the "Putong, Hibla, Kultura Filipina," one of the welcoming activities to the 52nd Founding Anniversary of Davao Oriental.
The celebration aims to give recognition to the works and products of different tribes in Mindanao, including Davao Oriental, done through the giftedness of human hands, depicting the abundance of its culture and heritage. The works are considered masterpieces which the provincial government wants to preserve beyond ages, and beyond diversity.
Last May 28, a media launch and the unveiling of the exhibit was held at the Tourism Annex with guests Carlo Ebeo, former National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) Commissioner and an independent curator and contractor; Leonardo Carino, a curator representing the provincial government; project proponent Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong; Provincial Tourism Officer Miguel Trocio, Provincial Human Resource Management Officer Rey Bicoy, Subangan Administrator Lyrna Palma-Padohinog, Angie David representing the Oriental Pacific Chamber of Commerce, and accredited tour guides.
In a press release, Ebeo reiterated the gratitude of NCCA to the province for hosting the activity for the second year.
He explained that "putong" is to wear something of importance, of great value while "Hibla" is not only fabric but the culture that symbolizes the embodiment of the fabric.
Ebeo explained that Davao Oriental was chosen again as the venue to the project because in following the process of selection, the province has the viability, and the perfect facility – the Subangan Provincial Museum.
According to him only a few local government units can afford to put up a museum with high standards like Subangan.
The provincial government also takes pride in the mounting of the exhibit.
Bulaong explained that the project is a clear manifestation that the provincial government is determined to preserve the culture and heritage of the province.
He said this is important because of the headgears, though simple and may not look with high value, but they form part of what Davao Oriental is today and will be tomorrow. He added these artifacts define and identify the roots that must be respected as part of the development.
Aiming to have a wider awareness of the need to preserve and conserve the identity, the plan now is to integrate culture and heritage to the curriculum.
Ebeo considered the Putong Hibla Kultura Filipina as tools to help the Department of Education in polishing more the cognizance to the culture and heritage, particularly in the province of Davao Oriental.
One way to prepare them is through workshops, where the teachers will be taught how to integrate value strengthening and heritage preservation in their lesson.
Trocio is optimistic that there is a living in culture tourism, as pursued aggressively now by the province.
The public is advised the public to create a need to indigenous products to provide the demand for a vibrant local economy.
Davao Oriental is endowed with the beauty and bounty of its culture and heritage and the locals are now exuding with optimism that such noble thrust will spur more and more development of the province, development transcending whatever differences and diversities to emerge triumphantly and stay consistent to its accolade of being a champion province, this time in triggering very desirable transformation through love and protection of culture and heritage.
Photo from EDGE Davao