City gov’t reconstitutes Council for Culture, Arts PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:14

Mayor Beng Climaco has reconstituted the Local Council of Culture, Arts, and History in a bid to preserve, restore, and promote the Chabacano language, and the history and culture of Zamboanga City.

Reconstituted through Executive Order BC 75-2014, the Council is tasked to oversee functions and responsibilities which include the formulation of programs to develop local cultural and artistic talents, the creation of research institutes for the continuous study of culture, arts, and history in educational institutions in Zamboanga City, the establishment an preservation of local cultural and historical monuments, markers, landmarks, relics and artifacts, and the maintenance and improvement of the City museum to store the archival and documentary history and culture of the City.

The Council will also be responsible for the supervision in the conduct of activities related to the promotion and preservation of the Chabacano language, the propagation of Zamboangueño rituals, and the production of new literature, performing and visual arts, musical compositions, dances, presentations, and films.

Based on the Executive Order, the City Mayor sits as Chairperson of the Council with local government officials from the Sangguniang Panglungsod, the City Tourism, and the City Administrator serving as members.

Rounding up the Council are artists Marco Alfino Miranda (Performing Arts-Theatre), Robert Bondoc (Performing Arts-Dance), Rameer Tawasil (Visual Arts), Christine Cañones (Historical Society), Dr. Robert Panaguiton (Research), Arch. Rodel Falcasantos (Heritage Conservation), Dr. Maria Socorro Ramos (Language Arts), Cedric Zabala (Digital Arts), Sheron Dayoc (Film and Photography), Dr. Roberto Torres (Fashion Design), Prof. Norma Conti (Music), Arch. Ildefonso Torres (Museum), and Hon. Ismael Musa and Eufemia Catolin as representatives for the Indigenous Council and the National Museum, respectively.

The members of the newly-reconstituted council officially took oath on October 3 at the Centro Latino during the Conferencia Sobre del Cultura, Artes y Historia del Ciudad de Zamboanga, one of the activities of the 2014 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival celebrations. — Jasmine Mohammadsali