June 23, 2024

The city’s cultural mapping project has been completed with over 600 objects, sites and buildings identified as worthy of cultural mapping.

Cultural mapping is an approach used to identify, record, and use cultural resources and activities for building communities, where communities map what is important to them.

City Planning and Development Office head Donna Tabangin said that after conducting a validation workshop recently with various stakeholders from the public and private sectors, editing is currently being done on the project’s book 1 containing 235 objects worthy of cultural mapping.

The registry book will be finished in time for its launching on or before the Baguio Day celebration on September 1.

She is hopeful that additional budget will be allocated for the project so that more books can be published containing the rest of the more than 600 objects, sites and buildings in the city.

Several councilors who joined the validation workshop found the cultural mapping project a truly worthy undertaking and promised the additional budget’s approval, Tabangin said during their June 7 management committee meeting. 

Tabangin said six City Hall personnel have completed a short course on heritage conservation specialization conducted by the University of Santo Tomas and is hoping that more will enroll in future trainings. – Gaby B. Keith