AIMS hosts 2nd forum on Philippine Maritime Heritage

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Delegates of Palawan State University together with keynote speakers Kaysie Michelle Blas (right), Jasper Gambito (2nd left) and Prof. Marilen Buezon (center). PHOTO BY AERON PAUL SUAREZ

Delegates of Palawan State University together with keynote speakers Kaysie Michelle Blas (right), Jasper Gambito (2nd left) and Prof. Marilen Buezon (center). PHOTO BY AERON PAUL SUAREZ

Students from different learning institutions and government organizations have participated on the ‘2nd National Forum on the Philippine Maritime Heritage’ that was held at Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) on September 29 to October 1.

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The 3-day forum was organized by AIMS in partnership with Philippine Seafarers Training Center (PSTC) and HINIRAYA Cultural Heritage with the theme “Akulturasyon, Tradisyon at Bagong Nasyon: Forming the Filipino Nation through Time and Tide.”

This year’s theme aimed to continue the knowledge revealed about the Philippine maritime culture in the 1st National Forum last year, and intended to serve as “a driving force in promoting our maritime history” to encourage more people to take part in nation-building through heritage awareness and cultural appreciation, the organizers explained.

“The main purpose of the forum is to come up with a book form of these information studies that will lead us to discover more of our distant past and truly imbibe the spirit of Maritime Philippines,” said Dr. Arlene Abuid-Paderanga, President of AIMS.

“The forum aimed to gather as much research that will help in realizing our vision of educating the public and raising awareness about our maritime heritage,” added Dr. Paderanga.

Historians and academicians from different sectors of the maritime industry delivered the featured lectures and paper presentations.

“I fervently hope that through this, a broad spectrum of our people will be engaged in the stewardship and appreciation of our national maritime heritage,” said Pasay City Rep. Imelda Calixto Rubiano in her welcoming remarks.

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