In the Philippines, May is declared the National Heritage Month (NHM), and leading this celebration is the Taoid Heritage Program of the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
An Ilokano word meaning “heritage,” Taoid was established not only as a facilitator of the heritage month but also as a program that implements cultural intervention projects for local government units to enrich their culture and arts.
This year it has taken on the theme “Pamanang Pinoy: Taoid 2014.”
The Taoid celebration, which will be observed throughout the year, will kick off its Luzon leg with a series of activities in Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon (Almasor), touring the three different places from May 1 to 5.
Almasor is a Spanish word which means “soul sisters.” Siblinghood is about connection thus the choice to give emphasis to such siblinghood between the three Southern Luzon provinces belonging to the Bicol region.
Taoid Heritage Program is not only trying to establish connections between ages but also between places.
SCH will conduct a rapid assessment of different cultural properties and institutions of Daraga, Legazpi City, Sorsogon, and Masbate City such as museums, historical markers, heritage houses, artist organizations and galleries, libraries, and the Cagsawa Ruin.
Schedule of activities
The first day of the Luzon leg of Taoid will be held in Daraga, Albay where there will be a “Walk for Heritage” from Cagsawa Ruins to Daraga Church, where the opening of NHM will be held at night. In the morning, there will be a demonstration of ibos-making and breakfast of local delicacies.
On May 2, the delegates will travel to Sorsogon where at night the NHM will be opened at the Sorsogon Capitol Building. The next day, Atty. Trixie Angeles will give a lecture on the heritage law by (this is a tie-up event with the Angat Kabataan Heritage Camp) at Barcelona Church. It will be followed by a pili delicacies workshop.
For the last day, NHM will be launched in Masbate City on May 5 at the Old Municipal Hall.