EZF LAUNCHES CULTURAL HERITAGE MAPPING PROJECT

Program: Learning Support

A 19th century lighthouse, a centennial church, old customs and traditions like fiestas and PABASA, Kundiman songs and native dances, games we loved to play during our childhood days such as patintero and hide and seek, among others, are all contained in a document called “The Calatagan Cultural Heritage Treasures”. This was the vision of the E. Zobel Foundation when they initiated the Cultural Mapping Project for Calatagan, Batangas. It intends to identify and document the town’s cultural heritage resources, either tangible or intangible ones, such as the beliefs and traditions, voices, values, languages, heritage structures, artworks, etc. The output will serve as an important cultural document that can be used by the local planners in designing cultural tourism and can be integrated to classroom lessons for our schoolchildren. It will also serve as a set off to the planned establishment of an Arts & Culture Center. The UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics is extending technical assistance for the project, training and guiding about 60 public school teachers who are being mobilized to conduct the mapping of the town’s cultural heritage resources. From May up to June, the teacher-mappers are extensively attending weekly trainings and doing fieldworks. They are provided with a mapper’s kit, food and transportation allowance for their data gathering activities. It is hoped that at the end of the endeavored activities, the project will largely contribute to the development of a systematic approach to the preservation and promotion of the rich Calatagan heritage.