The University of San Agustin virtually launched its Center for Heritage and Indigenous Cultures (CHIC) through a Virtual Press Conference last 15 January 2021 with our friends from the media in attendance.
Dr. Clement Acevedo, DMA, Director of CHIC, presented initiatives they had amidst the struggles and challenges posed by the pandemic. CHIC received a grant through its Director for his project entitled “Hiligaynon Art song Workshop” from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Such developed creative works held a series of lectures, webinars, and performances that highlight the importance of preserving Hiligaynon music, art, and culture.
Meanwhile, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) funded the project “Binalaybay sang Ati: Mga Istorya sang Kabuhi sa Tunga sang Kalamidad kag Covid-19”. Mr. John Paul Petrola, the coordinator of the Villanova Institute for Social and Economic Research, is the proponent of the study. The project aims to document the Ati people’s lived experiences and struggle for recognition in Panay during this COVID-19 pandemic.See the photos and video for the details of the Press Conference.