Vigan celebrates weeklong UNESCO world heritage cities festival
PIA Press Release
Saturday, September 03, 2011
by Fredie G .Lazaro
VIGAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- The world heritage city of Vigan joins this year’s weeklong celebration of the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Word Heritage Cities Solidarity Day and Cultural Festival on September 3 - 10 2011 here, according to Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina.
On Sept.3 will be the food and trade fair at Plaza Burgos, opening of the fotografias y recuerdos at Vigan Culture and Trade Center (VCTC), and the conduct of repazzo de Vigan and solidarity parade around the city’s streets.
On September 4 activities include folk dance and dance sports contests; September 5 – Sabayang Pagbigkas, daniw, dallot and Zarsuela presentations; September 6 – hisotoria oral; September 7 – vocal solo, vocal duet, kinnantaran and vocal chorus; September 8 – Eucharistic celebration, solidarity breakfast, solidarity medical and dental mission, and awarding and cultural show; September 10 – stage play of “Babae ng Digmaan” at Meralco Theater in Pasay City; September 5 – 10 – wayang puppet exhibit; and September 5 -7 – heritage youth assembly.
Most of the cultural presentations and contests during the festival will be held at the historic Plaza Burgos and at the VCTC except for the historia oral which will be held at Donato’s Ancestral House while the stage play of “Babae ng Digmaan” will be held at Meralco Theater in Pasay City.
The lady mayor said these activities were done to continuously attract local and foreign tourists to visit the city with its well–preserved Spanish ancestral houses in the city’s heritage village.
In September 8, 1993 the Organization of World Heritage Cities was formed by the UNESCO in Fez, Morocco.
The group is an umbrella organization of all heritage towns and cities. Vigan is a member of the organization being one of the Philippines’ UNESCO world heritage sites.
“The week-long festivities aim to continuously strengthen Vigan’s history and culture “in keeping with the long-term goal of preserving our centuries 'old heritage structures,'” she said.
It is noted that Vigan’s well-preserved Spanish trading town environ has survived the test of time, including bombings during World War II which leveled the major Philippine cities of Baguio, Cebu, and Manila. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)
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