BALANGA CITY: The Bataan Peninsula Tourism Foundation Inc. in coordination with the provincial government of Bataan on Tuesday launched a cultural mapping project aimed at discovering and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the province.
“In this modern time when there is globalization, rapid integration of good and services between nations, there is this fear that we may lose our identity,” said Gov. Albert Raymond Garcia during the launching.
He noted that the youth engrossed into social media may soon forget and learn nothing about the past. “We have to do something to preserve our identity, culture and heritage.”
Associate Prof. Eric Zerudo of the University of Sto. Tomas said Bataan has plenty to be proud of.
Zerudo, a director at the UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics, cited the “cenakulo” or street play on the Passion of Christ as part of Bataan’s cultural heritage that has to be brought to national and even international attention.
Techie Banzon, consultant for the Bataan Peninsula Tourism Foundation, said from October to November this year, public school teachers will be making the rounds of communities to record unique recipes, oldest man and woman, old cemeteries, undiscovered caves, falls in addition to old churches and monuments already documented.
The Bataan Peninsula Tourism Foundation Inc. is chaired by the governor’s mother Vicky Garcia.