Tours, Projects, Celebrations Made September a Busy Month for MCTCAO
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September was a busy month for the Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office (MCTCAO) as it played host to a number of tourists from other cities, as well as joined in various activities including the Taga-Alog 2018 project and the celebration of the World Tourism Day.
Among those who toured Marikina City include Ateneo de Naga’s Business Administration students who visited the factories of Goldwyn Soap and Lucban Hats as part of their industrial tour on September 13.
Preschool students from St. Victoria Montessori in Parang, Marikina, also did a community tour of the city on September 28. The next day, Grade 12 students from Xavier School also visited Marikina accompanied by faculty members. The tour was in preparation for Xavier’s China PBL Framework.
On September 4 and 6, the staff of the Makati Action Center also visited Marikina as part of the city government’s benchmarking initiative for good governance and its clean and green program.
The MCTCAO also participated in the different activities lined up for the Taga-Alog 2018 project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). These include joining the Dram-Ahon Theatre workshop led by artists from the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA).
The MCTCAO also attended the two-day conference held at the Bahay Alumni UP Diliman as part of the Taga-Alog 2018 project. The conference was held to promote the value of Pasig River as a medium of space for cultural identity and collective memory through the use of different forms of art such theatre and dance.
Taga-Alog is a campaign initiated by NCCA. Its main goal is to harness the creativity of the people, especially those living in the communities along the Pasig River, in various programs aimed at rehabilitating the 27-kilometer long river.
Pasig River was a major transport route for traders and once served as a source of water for Manileños for most of Manila’s long history.
The tourism office, headed by Ponchie Santos, also joined in the celebration of the World Tourism Day on September 27 at the Conrad Hotel.
The holding of the module two of the Cultural Mapping was another highlight for the MCTCAO last month. Module two involved doing intensive research about Marikina’s natural and built heritage that includes structures such as Kapitan Moy, Shoe Museum, the ancestral houses of the Chanyungco and Dela Paz families, the J. Dela Pena Chapel, the Our Lady of the Abandoned and the Handog Center.
An initiative of Mayor Marcy Teodoro, the ultimate goal of the Cultural Mapping project is to support, promote and preserve the history, culture and heritage of Marikina, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines because it was here where the country’s first pair of shoes was made in 1887.
Meanwhile, officials of Pioneer Adhesives met with the MCTCAO staff on September 20 as part of its plan to produce a video that would feature Marikina’s tourism, culture and heritage. The company also gave assistance to the City Government to fix the roof of Kapitan Moy, which was damaged by a tornado last month.
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