Oro launches heritage tours with city central school pupils
by Khria Carmela R. Noble
Cagayan de Oro City (13 May) -- In celebration of the National Filipino Heritage Festival Month in May, the city Government sponsored a tour of Cagayan de Oro's heritage sites on May 6 for the Science Class of city Central School.
The pupils, accompanied by a few parents and their science teachers, visited the city's historical and heritage sites with personnel from the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office as their tour guides.
The tour started in City Central School itself, where the city's first elementary public school building, the Gabaldon, still stands. It may be recalled that a marker on this century-old building was recently unveiled together with the marker on the 74-year old archway, also in City Central School.
The pupils also visited the Gen. MacArthur Marker in Macabalan, Golden Friendship Park in Divisoria, Gaston Park, San Agustin Cathedral, Macahambus Hill and Cave.
The history behind the names of the city streets were explained as the pupils traversed various parts of the city.
"Among all the historical sites I visited today, what I like the most is the Golden Friendship Park," Chelo Lapineg, a grade 6 student said after the whole tour. The Golden Friendship Park located in the very heart of the city hosts four monuments of our local and national heroes.
"I like it the most because our national heroes' monuments are there and because the remains of our local heroes are interred in the base of the Andres Bonifacio monument," Chelo added.
As she welcomed the pupils to the tour, Imma Rae D. Gatuslao, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer explained that the heritage tour is aimed to let the children know the local history and develop in them deep pride of Cagayan de Oro's heritage. (XU Devcom Intern of Cagayan de Oro City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office) [top]