Wanderlust | Davao City hosts National Heritage Month kick-off

THE ENTIRE board of commissioners along with other officials of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, led by chair and National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, were in full force for the kick-off activity of the National Heritage Month last May 2 at SM City Davao Annex.The event featured various theatrical and musical performances by the Philippine Opera Company, Kagan group from the Kadayawan Village of Davao City, Teatro Ambahanon from General Santos City, University of Mindanao Chorale, Madayaw Cultural Ensemble, and Mebuyan from Davao City.

The Philippine Opera Company

The Philippine Opera Company

University of Mindanao Chorale

University of Mindanao Chorale

“We want the National Heritage Month to be celebrated by every Filipino that’s why we’re taking the celebration around the country. We’re doing the kick-off here in Davao, Mindanao, because when it comes intangible heritage, this area is very rich and diverse,” said Almario.  According to the NCCA chair, their organization is currently doing a cultural mapping of the Philippines, a registry of cultural events, sites, and personalities.

City administrator Atty. Zuleika Lopez, who represented Mayor Sara Duterte, also bared the local government’s plans making the city as Mindanao’s cultural center.

“The creation of the Davao City Culture and Arts Council is one of the ways on how we can make the city as the cultural center of Mindanao. We partner with artists and private sector to give us creative inputs on how to further improve and preserve the city’s arts and culture heritage of Davao,” Lopez shared.

The city government was recently granted an initial of P100 million from national funds for the construction of a modern Museo Dabawenyo that will house artifacts from all over Mindanao.

Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. president Armita Rufino also disclosed the various events of the National Heritage Month, such as the Halal exhibit at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, a fashion show by Rene Salud at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, the Journeys on the Galleon exhibit in Manila, a travelling exhibit that will be launched in Tagum City, a festival of dances and songs in Visayas and Luzon, youth fora in Davao, Taguig, Aklan, Cagayan, Tabuk and Cabanatuan, and the Darangen ni Bantugen Maranao epic, proclaimed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity” in 2005, in Davao City. Other events include theater productions, exhibits, musical presentations, and other multi-disciplinary performances taking place in various venues across the archipelago.

One of the highlights of the evening was the launch of a series of commemorative stamps in partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation. The new set of stamps featured Philippine colonial churches that were declared as National Cultural Treasures. The unveiling of the stamps was witnessed by Almario, Lopez, Philippine Postal Corporation CEO Joel Otarra, and Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Archdiocese of Davao.

To guide Filipinos and tourists on the heritage sites in Davao Region, NCCA and PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications and InnoPub Media also launched their KulToura app. The mobile application features information on heritage sites, historic landmarks, nature parks, popular attractions, and other must-see attractions in the region.

This year’s theme is “Pambansang Pagkakaisa para sa Pamana” (National Unity for Heritage).


SEDA Abreeza has something very special for moms for their Mother’s Day celebration: a well-deserved staycation with wellness treat for mothers from May 6-13 and a scrumptious lunch buffet at Misto on May 13, with specially made drink for moms called Mom’s Potion, a hearty mixture of apple and aloe vera.

Misto’s Mother’s Day Buffet is priced at P980 nett for adults and P480 nett for kids (7 to 12 years old – free for kids aged 6 and below).

Seda hotel manager Kenn Kapulong with moms Jojie Alcantara, TIMES columnist Marilyn Roque, tourism officer Generose Tecson and entrepreneur Cherry Al-ag

Seda hotel manager Kenn Kapulong with moms Jojie Alcantara, TIMES columnist Marilyn Roque, tourism officer Generose Tecson and entrepreneur Cherry Al-ag

During the press preview of the event, hotel manager Kenn Kapulong gave an advanced Mother’s Day tribute to hardworking moms, entrepreneur Cherry Al-ag of DavWell and Elysia Spa, Davao City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson, as well as Seda Abreeza’ very own – Kathy of Sales and Marketing, Cherry of HR, and Chef Bang of Culinary.


THE MUNICIPALITY of Lianga in partnership with Bugsay Pilipinas hosted the 1st Surigao del Sur National Dragonboat Festival last April 6 to 8. The competition was participated by 12 teams from various cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Philippine Navy Dragonboat Team emerged as champion, finishing the race in just 56 seconds and 56 milliseconds (56.56), followed by Marajao Abtik from Surigao City and Sugbu Mighty Dragons from Cebu at second place, and BSU Tacloban at third place.

Participating paddlers of the 1st Surigao del Sur National Dragonboat Festival

Participating paddlers of the 1st Surigao del Sur National Dragonboat Festival

Meanwhile, Surigao City plays host to the 1st Surigao International Dragonboat Summer Festival on May 25 to 27. The race will be participated by Bugsay sa Pagpukaw, composed ot Davao-based teams Hiraya Minokawa, Basecamp, AMPPHI and Dragon Warriors, and Kampilan Dragonboat Team. The race aims to “awaken the dragon” and provide an avenue to re-energize the spirit of strength and vitality of paddlers in Davao and Mindanao. (Photo courtesy of AMPPHI Davao FB Page).

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