Mindanao Curators, Local Legislators visit DavOr’s Tourism Sites

Among the highlight destination of the tour is the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park in San Isidro town.

DAVAO ORIENTAL— Museum managers, curators and members of the academe and Sangguniang Panglunsod in other municipalities in Mindanao have recently visited the province’s eco-tourism sites during the Mindanao Association of Museums 28th Regional Summit hosted by the Provincial Government Davao Oriental.

Bannered with the theme “Curating Heritage and Environment”, the three-day Regional Summit has showcased some of Davao Oriental’s exquisite eco-tourism destinations like the Subangan Provincial Museum in the City of Mati, Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park and Natural Science Museum in San Isidro town, Pusan Point Science Discovery Center and Parochial Church of San Salvador del Mundo in Caraga town.

Lyrna Padohinog, Subangan Museum Manager, said that “the event is not only an opportune time to promote Davao Oriental as a premier tourism destination but also serve as a venue to show how museums educate the public of our locality’s rich heritage.”

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang receives a plaque of appreciation from the Mindano Association of Museums

Participants say they were amazed at how Davao Oriental emerged to become one of the premier eco-tourism destinations in the region and the same time, the only province in the whole Mindanao to have a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sol Bacsarpa, a Councilor in Iligan City and Committee Chair on Historic Culture on the Arts and Tourism, said that the activity has been an educational experience, inspiring her to help push for the establishment of a museum in her hometown.

“This is my first time to visit here and, indeed, Davao Oriental has what it takes to be a top tourism destination,” she said.

First District Representative Cong. Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon, who initiated Davao Oriental’s eco-tourism development by building tourism landmarks and parks during her stint as Governor of the province, said during the activity’s farewell dinner that her passion for building tourism landmarks stems from her vision of sharing Davao Oriental’s gifts to the world while helping the communities build a niche on tourism and hospitality.

Cong. Corazon N. Malanyaon receives a plaque of appreciation from the ‘Mindanao Association of Museums’.

“It all started with a dream. I intended to have this museum as a legacy that will be a testament to our people’s growth, achievement, and culture. Passion is the secret. Without that nothing will happen. Resources are not always a concern. All you need is sincerity and determination then everything, including the funding, will follow,” she said.

The event, which gathered 52 participants, is one of the series of events organized by the Provincial Tourism Office in time for the launching of the Kabilin Festival, the first and only festival in the province which is a celebration devoted to the conservation of the environment. By Riza M. Golez





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