Book on cultural inventory of Antique launched: Dunâ, Kinaíya Kag Paranúbliùn

A new book about Antique Province, “Dunâ, Kinaíya Kag Paranúbliùn: A Cultural Inventory of the Province of Antique” was launched on November 25, 2022 at the Old Capitol Building, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. This book was created with the efforts of DepEd – Antique, University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), Antique Provincial Government, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in coordination with the then-Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.

Dunâ, Kinaíya Kag Paranúbliùn is composed of 21 volumes which covers the following cultural topics:

  • Executive summary (one volume)
  • Natural resources (six volumes)
  • Tangible immovable heritage (two volumes)
  • Tangible movable heritage (one volume)
  • Intangible heritage (eight volumes)
  • Personalities (two volumes)
  • Institutions (one volume)

Cultural mapping of Antique Province

This book is the result of the Cultural Mapping of Antique (CMA) Project. 90 teachers from Antique conducted the project throughout the 22 school districts in the province.

According to Anna Razel Ramirez, Overall Coordinator of the Cultural Mapping of Antique (CMA) Project, “It is fitting that it was the teachers who were trained by the National Commission for Culture and Arts to be the cultural mappers because the skill of cultural mapping can be imbibed by their students. The teachers’ influence is boundless. By learning the value of and practice of documenting and appreciating cultural heritage, teachers share this knowledge and propagate it through the lessons they teach.”

Sen. Loren Legarda’s support for the Antique Cultural Mapping Project and book

Ramirez acknowledged the support of Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda for funding the project.

Sen. Legarda, in her video message, said amid modernization and digitalization, the publication of the book “serves to document and preserve the culture and traditions of our forefathers that we wish to pass on to future generations.”

“As we launch this today, let us all be proud of the treasures that we have and I hope that this would not remain only in the pages of this book, but actually practiced, preserved, and hopefully not vanish,” Legarda said.

Because of the best practices of the CMA Project, the senator recommended the cultural mapping of the rest of Panay Island and requested allocation for its implementation in the 2023 budget.

The CMA Project started during her term as deputy speaker and the representative of the Lone District of Antique.

UPV Chancellor Clement Camposano supports book launch and cultural mapping project

Chancellor Clement Camposano, in his video message, said “the highly collaborative implementation of this project and its obvious success, which indeed, we are today celebrating with the launching of this impressive compendium have one clear implication – the protection and promotion of our tangible and intangible cultural heritage, is a point of unity and convergence that brings together the various institutions of society.”

“Clearly, we have not only mapped and profiled the significant cultural properties of the province of Antique; we have also become more aware of our duty to work together to promote our cultural heritage,” the Chancellor added.

Book launching event

Antique Rep. Antonio Agapito Legarda, Jr. and acting Vice Governor SP Member Mayella Mae Ladislao, attended the event and gave messages on the significance of the book that features Antique’s heritage, culture, tradition, and people. DepEd-6 Regional Director Ramir Uytico, also delivered a video message. 

The 18 local government units (LGUs) of Antique each received the book during the launch. Local chief executives, representatives, and teacher mappers received the books on behalf of the LGUs.

Meanwhile, SP Member Ladislao and Provincial Tourism Officer JC Perlas received the on behalf of Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao. UPV Information and Publications Director Gerthode Charlotte Tan-Mabilog joined in the turnover of books.

Consultants, collaborators, and supports of the Antique Cultural Mapping Project

The CMA Project was a collaborative engagement by DepEd-Antique headed by SDS Beriong. 

Together with her are DepEd supervisors, Eleanore M. Dagala, EPS-Araling Panlipunan; Rodrigo N. Sarapanan, EPS-Music, Arts, PE and Health (MAPEH); Anita S. Gubalane, EPS-Science; and Schubert Anthony C. Sialongo, EPS-Learning Resources Management System (LRMS); Emerose B. Balondo, DepEd Accountant; Lester Ton J. Espenocilla, DepEd Finance Staff; Ma. Christine C. Nietes, DepEd Budget Officer; and Miracle Faith C. Senario, DepEd Supply Officer.

A total of 90 teachers from the various elementary and secondary schools of the municipalities of Antique, served as the mappers of the project.  

They are supported by their district supervisors and the respective mayors and tourism officers of their localities.  

Ramirez of UP Visayas served as the Overall Project Coordinator.  In her team are the mapping experts, Prof. Jose R. Taton Jr. and Sashah B. Dioso, assisted by research assistants Dimple Rios and Michelle Villavert.  

Professor Emeritus Dr. Alicia P. Magos served as chief consultant, while Ramon B. Ramirez was in charge of field documentation with the teacher mappers.  

Also part of the UPV team are the project consultants Prof. Martin Genodepa, Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba, John Rey Callado, Prof. Jessie Labiste, Jr., and Dr. Randy Madrid.  

The UPV project support and management team included Teresita Quezon, Jocelyn Genesila, Alven Polido, Marites Yu, Vanessa Coo, Wilfredo Palete, Jr., Lea Papilota, Mary Lyncen Fernandez, Neyah Grace Cartago, and Juvy Janeo.  

Additionally, the CMA video team included Gian Niño Genoveza as video editor, together with Prof. Julie Prescott, Ma. Rosalie Zerrudo, and Carlson Alelis.  

The project also involved consultants on Antique local culture and history.  They are Dante Beriong, Engr. Jonathan De Gracia, Samuel Rubido, Errol Santillan, Jose Edison Tondares, Fr. Cornelio Ysulat, Fr. Glicerio Geremia, Pauldenmar Lim, and Flord Calawag.  

Arvin Manuel Villalon of the NCCA spearheaded the conduct of online cultural mapping trainings with the UPV Team and the teacher mappers.

With Villalon are the NCCA consultants Cecille Gelicame, Ricamela Pallis, Fr. Harold Rentoria, OSA, Ar. Wilfredo Sy, Jr., and Gladys Argonza. (Source: UPV PIO)

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