An exhibit of artifacts, culture and arts called “Handumanan” is ongoing at Robinsons Place mall in Dumaguete City until May 17 as part of activities for the Santacruzan festival this month.
City tourism officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said the exhibit that started May 7 is the first step towards having a museum or a heritage site for Dumaguete, where vintage pictures from old families that helped shaped the city to what it is now, will be kept. These include the Pinili clan, the Teves, Alfabeto, Macias, Pastor, Romero, Uymatiao, Larena, Flores, Locsin, and Bejar.
The exhibit also features the history of educational institutions in the city, former mayors, vintage pictures of old landmarks and structures in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental.
Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said he hopes Dumaguete City will soon have a repository of its rich heritage to revive the past through culture and the arts.
Sagarbarria said a retired professor of Silliman University is willing to donate books and other reading materials on the city's past. The donation will be accepted as soon as the museum is established, he added.
He also said efforts are being made to develop Dumaguete as the music capital of the Philippines, with the holding of “Dagsa” in November.
Sagarbarria said Filipino musicians will come to Dumaguete to entertain Negrenses with Original Pilipino Music for free during the event tentatively set November 9 to 13.
He added that the city government is also coming up with another version of the Dumaguete Hymn, as the current one is more of a lullaby, through a contest among local musicians.*JG
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