• Enchong Dee is new heritage envoy

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    TV personality and actor Enchong Dee is now among the cultural heritage ambassadors of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

    Dee was named Taoid 2014 ambassador on Thursday night at the opening of the National Heritage Month.

    “We believe that he will be of great help in urging the youth to take part in the conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage,” Rev. Fr. Harold Ll. Rentoria, OSA, head of the commission’s Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, said.

    Eliciting loud cheers from fans and the crowd, Rentoria called Dee who came out smiling from behind the wooden doors of the historic Daraga Church in Albay.

    Dee, who was born and raised in Bicol, said it was important to preserve and conserve heritage sites such as Daraga Church, especially since these give identity to Filipinos.

    He recounted the time when he was in the United States and somebody asked him the street where he hails from.

    “When I said, ‘Do you know the triangle-shaped volcano? That’s where I come from. He said he knew where it was,” Dee said, referring to the almost perfect cone, Mayon Volcano.

    Promising to do his best to be a good example to the youth in the preservation of culture, he said “we are the next generation who will take care of and benefit from the cultural treasures given to us.”

    The Taoid ambassador last year was Jericho Rosales.

    Taoid is the annual flagship program of the NCCA that promotes the preservation of cultural heritage such as churches, natural treasures such as Mayon volcano and our food, customs and traditions across the country.

    Its Luzon leg is currently focused on the Bicol region, with opening the National Heritage Month in Albay on Thursday and events in Sorsogon and Masbate.

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