Pangasinan to embark on cultural mapping with NCAA’s help

Sep 11, 2017

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN – A cultural mapping program will soon be conducted in Pangasinan with the help of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) in order to identify local cultural heritage sites, art works, infrastructures, practices and the like that should be protected and preserved.
This was contained in Provincial Resolution No. ý952-2017 which authorized Gov. Amado I. Espino III to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the NCCA and the local government units of Lingayen and Calasiao, designated as pilot areas for the project, as well as the Center for Pangasinan Studies (CPS), said Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. author of the resolution.
The NCCA and the CPS will help each other distinguish, record, classify and analyze the cultural resources of the two pilot localities.
CPS Executive Director Perla E. Legaspi said the program is very important as it will enable the province to identify combined cultural assets and resources of different communities, which she added, will be empowered and involved in the process.
In undertaking cultural mapping, a range of perspectives are used such as mode of inquiry and a methodological tool in urban planning, cultural sustainability, and community development that makes visible the ways
local stories, practices, relationships, memories, and rituals constitute places as meaningful locations.
Legaspi said the Center for Pangasinan Studies initially came up with a short list of five areas to include Bayambang, Mangatarem, San Carlos City, Lingayen and Calasiao with the last two towns as pilot areas.
The project will be undertaken for six months per municipality. PNA, LEONARDO MICUA / ABN

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