City gov’t holds cultural mapping workshops

VIGAN CITY – The city government here headed by Mayor Ferdinand C. Medina has been holding a series of cultural mapping workshops every other weekend of the month at the Vigan Culture and Trade Center here.

Selected architects, members of the Vigan Conservation Council (VCC) city officials and employees, and representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) participated in the said activities.

The cultural mapping workshops’ objectives are: to address the increasing demand for competent heritage workers locally and internationally; provide the participants with theoritical and practical skills and ethical standards in heritage conservation; enrich and norture the understanding of the processes involved in the social production and transmission of heritage values; develop scholarly attitudes towards research and promote active collaboration with other academic and practical disciplines; and develop a network of local and international cultural heritage experts.

The workshop is a designed program of activity which aims to train and enhance as well the capabilities of selected cultural heritage workers in the city.

Eric B. Zerrudo, course consultant, said specialization in Cultural Heritage Studies if taken up as a whole course, may be undertaken with a wide range of areas including curatorial practice and exhibition development; conservation planning and heritage assessment; cultural policy development and evaluation; museum education and public programs; and researching and writing cultural heritage.

A certified program in Cultural Heritage Studies (including prerequisite subjects) is also offered through the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences, Zerrudo said.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Franz Ranches, project team leader and over-all coordinator, announced that Heritage City of Vigan’s cultural mapping project is now on its final phase.

Ranches expressed optimism that with these series of formative activities, the participants will be equipped with skills and the capability to undertake conservation jobs and perform their tasks as cultural heritage workers for Vigan City.

As part of the workshop, each group of participants will present a report on the designated areas or subjects for cultural mapping.