Davao Oriental to join ASEAN Landmark Lighting

DAVAO ORIENTAL –The Province of Davao Oriental will join the historic lighting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) landmarks on August 8.

Davao Oriental is among the 50 chosen ASEAN historical sites in the country, and among the only two sites chosen in Region XI together with Davao City, to participate in the simultaneous nationwide event that will mark the ASEAN’s grand 50th Anniversary celebration.

The province will hold its landmark lighting activity at the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park in San Isidro town, the entry point to the celebrated Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.

Having been inscribed as the Philippine’s sixth UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, the Mount Hamiguitan was also declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2016, making the site more significant as the venue for the symbolic landmark lighting event.

Official music video for “ASEAN Spirit”, which is the title of the official theme song for the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017. Featuring Christian Bautista (Official) and the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir. Directed by Joaquin Pedro Valdes. This video is being presented by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The program will kick off with a mass and will be followed by a short program that will feature the singing of the ASEAN hymn and the raising of the flags of the ASEAN ten-member states. A ceremonial lighting of a six-footer lantern will ensue at 7 in the evening which will become the event’s highlight.

Guests from the consulate of Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to grace the highly anticipated event.

Bearing the theme “Under One Light, We Are One ASEAN”, there will be a main event that will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines aside from the simultaneous landmark lighting programs in all participating LGUs.

The Philippine Government, who takes the helm of the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017, is encouraging all LGUs, through the Department of Interior and Local Government, “to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime milestone as an opportunity to showcase what Filipinos can offer best, through unleashing bright spots in entertainment, tourism, and economic industry, talent and culture”.

The said activity is also being touted to contribute in raising people’s awareness and appreciation of the significance and the benefits of being a member of the ASEAN.

The event is hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council, and participating government agencies. By Karen Lou Deloso



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