The traveling framework of the Philippines as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Culture Capital for 2010 to 2011 features Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental as the highlighted city for September, making it the first site in Mindanao to be featured as such. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Commissioner and International Theater Institute-Philippines President Cecile Guidote Alvarez said that the choice of Cagayan de Oro “is in consideration of the rich cultural diversity of Misamis Oriental.”

The celebration, she said, “underscores the commitment of the Philippines as member of Asean for connectivity to the promotion of culture of peace, as well as the achievement of the UN [United Nations] MDGs [Millennium Development Goals].”

The month of September has been declared Peace and Children’s Month by the United Nations. Hence, activities, hosted by Mayor Vicente Emano of Cagayan de Oro City and Gov. Oscar Moreno of Misamis Oriental, will center on consciousness campaign for children to have access to education and to prevent the utilization of children in armed conflict as warriors and refugee.

Guidote-Alvarez added that events will also gear towards the clean-up the world program and highlight Cagayan de Oro as a virtual education city. “We hope that [Cagayan de Oro] can be a center of campaign to help children to access education and to prevent the utilization of children in armed conflict as warriors and refugee,” she added.

Cagayan de Oro is the seventh locale highlighted as focal site for the celebration of the Philippines as the first Asean Culture Capital for 2010 to 2011. The inaugural event was in Angeles City, Pampanga which hosted the Asean Ministerial Meeting and the Festival of the Arts; followed by Capiz as the venue of the Dance Exchange: Second Philippine International Dance Festival hosted by Gov. Victor Tangco; and then by Santiago City, Isabela which staged the Patarraday Festival hosted by Mayor Amy Navarro; and then led by Gov. Vilma Santos of Batangas which launched the world’s longest painting on continuous canvas; then Bohol which launched the Teatro Abatan program and the Día del Galeón project; and Angono Rizal, which launched an Artists’ Village project. Last month’s event was hosted by Mayor Gerardo Calderon of Angono with Gov. Casimiro “Jun-Jun” Ynares 3rd of Rizal.

These monthly events for the Asean Culture Capital framework are linked to the Dynamism and Wealth of Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia centered on the UN MDGs.

article from Manila Times

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