Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Dapitan is ASEAN cultural capital

The Fantasy Land of the Jalosjoses in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte province in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - Mark Navales)

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines - Dapitan City was declared ASEAN cultural capital, Vice Mayor Patri Chan said.

The declaration was timed with the launching of the sequi-centennial or the 150th birth of Dr. Jose Rizal who was exiled there from 1892 to 1896.

Mayor Dominador Jalosjos Jr., Chan, former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos, other officials, and members of the Knights of Rizal led the ceremony.

Provincial Tourism Officer Atty. Ivan Patrick Ang, Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, Philippine International Theater Institute president, Executive Director Frank Rivera of DepEds National Council for Children's Television and media personalities also attended the affair.

Chan said it is the pride of the city for being chosen as such. Alvarez who represented Gov. Rolando Yebes said the activity will help spruce up the tourism industry of the province.

The ASEAN is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

During the event, the life and sacrifices of the national hero was highlighted through songs and dances by the students of Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Dapitan City National high Schooland the City Executive band.

Rizals life as an artist, environmentalist, doctor, farmer, businessman, teacher and his love affair was also showcase in a love duet. (MM Medina and Jong Cadion - Frontline Mindanao

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