Palapag Vice Mayor Melvic Chy (center) receives the copy of historical and heritage books donated by the provincial government of Samar. Photos are UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines Secretary General Ivan Anthony Henares, Poland Embassy to the Philippines Ambassador His Excellency Jaroswav Szczepankiewicz, Gov Edwing Ongchuan, Vice-Governor Clarence Dato, Palapag Tourism Officer Mark Christian Cuyog, historian Ian Christopher Alfonso. (Photo from Northern Samar Provincial Information Office)

TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Northern Samar turned over books to selected municipalities during the Pamana 2024 program as part of its efforts to promote and preserve the province’s heritage.

The donated books include “The History of the Bisayan People in the Philippines” by historian, writer, and Spanish Jesuit missionary Francisco Ignacio Alcina; “Dogs in Philippine History” by Ian Christopher Alfonso; and “The Extraordinary Life and Works of Cantius J. Kobak: Polish Priest and Historian in the Philippines,” published by the Embassy of Poland in Manila and written by Northern Samar’s culture and arts coordinator, Carl Bordeos.

The ceremonial turnover was led by Governor Edwin Ongchuan and Vice Governor Clarence Dato, along with the Ambassador of Poland to the country, Jarosław Szczepankiewicz; historian and author Ian Christopher Alfonso; and UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines Secretary-General Ivan Anthony Henares.

The recipients included the local government units of Biri, Palapag, Laoang, Catarman, Bobon, and San Roque.

“We hope to foster cultural awareness and a deeper appreciation of the history, cultural heritage, and development of our province,” Gov. Ongchuan said during the program.
“As the provincial government works towards achieving our vision of a progressive, resilient, and happy province of Northern Samar, we hope to instill pride, integrity, understanding, and unity among the present and future generations of Northern Samar,” the governor added.

During the event, the municipalities of Laoang, Palapag, and Lavezares turned over their Local Cultural Profiles (LCP) to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The LCPs are products of the cultural mapping of LGUs, assisted by the NCCA and the provincial government, in identifying and recording the heritage and cultural resources of the community.

Of the 24 LGUs in the province, Laoang was recognized as the first to complete its cultural profile. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)