Preservation of city’s 11 cultural properties ordered

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution during its regular session on June 10 approving a list of tangible as well as intangible cultural properties of Dagupan to ensure their protection and preservation for the enjoyment of the present and future generations.  

Approved tangible and movable cultural properties of Dagupan include post stamps, Gemeinhardt Flute, Clothes Iron (of Peace Time), Upright Piano (during Peace Time), 45″s Plaka (Song Recording), “Santo Bangkay” (at the St. John Metropolitan Cathedral) and the image Sta. Rita De Cascia.

The approved intangible cultural properties include the Dagupan City High School Band, Forty Days, “Turbaan” and “Pagtatawat”. 

Resolution No. 5771 authored by Councilor Jeslito Seen defines tangible cultural heritage as physical artifacts produced, maintained and transmitted inter-generationally in society, which includes artistic creations, built heritage such as business and monuments, and other physical or tangible products of human creativity that are invested with cultural significance in society.

Intangible cultural heritage based on the definition of the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) includes the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills–as well as instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith that communities, groups and in some cases, individuals, recognize as part of their cultural heritage.  

Seen, the city’s chairman in culture and the arts, said the preservation was in keeping with the constitutional provision that mandates the State to conserve, develop, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as artistic creations.

He explained that the constitution provides that all country’s artistic and historic wealth constitutes the cultural treasure of the nation and shall be under the protection of the State, which may regulate its disposition. (Leonardo Micua)   

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