• Taoid program to preserve Bicol’s rich culture


    HERITAGE program Taoid 2014 has crossed the seas from Leyte to Almasor in a festive night celebrating the rich culture of Bicol.

    The program was organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and kicks off yearly during the National Heritage Month celebration in May.

    The annual heritage conservation program is a project of NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH) headed by Commissioner Fr. Harold Rentoria.

    For those in the dark, the Spanish word “almasor” means “soul sisters” and is now used to refer collectively to Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon.

    On the other hand, “taoid” is the Ilokano word for heritage. But it could also mean “tawid”—a bridging of two things or a connection.

    Recently, the spotlight was on Bicol’s colorful history as the Taoid program aims to bind the past and present, and preserve it for generations to come.

    The program officially opened last Thursday and Friday night in Albay and Sorsogon respectively. Now it will move on to Masbate.

    Local officials vowed to join hands in preserving the country’s heritage.

    Governor Joey Salceda of Albay together with NCCA chairperson Felipe de Leon and Rentoria expressed their support for the project in a previous meeting with tour agents in Berlin.

    The NCCA will collaborate with local governments to put up heritage clinics for museums, libraries and heritage sites in Bicol.

    Rentoria said they would identify cultural icons in Almasor for mapping. This will help promote museums, libraries and structures in the area that could be declared as national treasures.

    The SCH is set to examine Camalig Church and old houses in the area that they can recommend to the National Museum and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.


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    1. Rosalie P. Oropesa on

      I’m proud to be a Bicolana and I’m overwhelmed by the initiative and outpouring support by NCCA in preserving the rich culture of the Bicolanos. Kudos to all of you! It would be nice if those Spanish houses that had survived years in every place in Bicol be preserved and become one of the tourist attraction to go and see.