Alex Prudente, Crisiel Mendina, News, College of Social Sciences and Development
True to its commitment to contribute in preserving the historico-cultural heritage of the country, the College of Social Sciences and Development is working alongside various stakeholders to engage in promotional activities emphasizing the history and culture of the nation. In particular, CSSD actively collaborates with the following organizations to strengthen its outreach academic work: the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, The Women of Malolos Foundation, Inc., Manila Metropolitan Theater, National Museum, and Cultural Affairs and Tourism Development Office, and the City Government of Valenzuela.
Last March 20, 2023, CSSD co-sponsored the screening of the “Kababaihan ng Malolos” at the Manila Metropolitan Theater as part of its celebration of the National Women’s Month. Students, faculty, and other partners gathered in this one-day endeavor to show support and emphasize the enduring role of women in our rich history.
Meanwhile, last April 13-14, 2023, CSSD also worked with the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Development Office of Valenzuela to organize a two-day Cultural Mapping Seminar-Workshop. Edison Molanida of the NCCA discussed the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, while Jonathan Balsamo of the City Government of Valenzuela highlighted the experiences of the local government in mapping their cultural heritage as well as their recent project to build museums across the city. To complement the local experience in historical and cultural mapping, Jomar Encila represented Taguig City in sharing their practices.
During the second day of the workshop, participants visited the newly-constructed Dr. Pio Valenzuela Museum. A final presentation on cultural mapping and its importance in assessing value from Kara Garilao, a certified interpretive guide (CIG), participants were treated to a luncheon at the Galing Pook Awardee location, Tagalag Fishing Village in Valenzuela City.
CSSD also celebrated World Heritage Day by working with the National Museum and NHCP to discuss important heritage concerns. A short seminar featuring distinguished heritage scholars covered various topics on Philippine heritage: Arch. Marvin Belgica on Designing Built Heritage Sites, Arch. Marie Bernadette Balaguer on Disaster Risk Management for Built Heritage, and Arch. Benjamin Concepcion Empleo on Maintaining Built Heritage and Sites.
The College believes that expanding its network and bridging academic work with multi-stakeholder engagement would further contribute to nation-building. Various activities such as seminars, workshops, trainings, and co-sponsorship of projects and initiatives create value towards public knowledge production and participatory history-making.
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