ONCAN shares country's unique heritage
by Jennifer Catan-Tilos
Dumaguete City (28 May) -- The Oriental Negros Children's Advocacy network (ONCAN) has lined up activities in celebration of the National Heritage Month on May 29, this year.
A medical mission will be held the whole day on Saturday to serve the residents of Scandinavian Village in Barangay Candau-ay. Medical doctors and volunteers of the ONCAN will provide some basic health services in the area.
On the same day, a gathering of members and children-beneficiaries from the 22 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)-participants under the ONCAN will play some traditional games dubbed as "Magdula Ta" at Freedom Park.
Traditional games include bulanbulan, tubigtubig, piko, kayukok, takarang, siatong, among others to be played by more than a hundred children.
A painting competition will also be conducted for some youth-participants of the children's network in the afternoon on May 29 at the same venue, Freedom Park, Capitol Area. Each NGO contestants will bring home their own painting after the awarding of prizes for the games and painting competition which will culminate the event.
ONCAN Vice-President Baby Jambora said the Negros Oriental Children's Advocacy Network is an umbrella organization of NGOs working for and with children in the province which cater mostly to the needs of children at risk; street children, orphans, children in conflict with the law, children with disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged families which aim to educate on the importance of the healthy environment for children.
Considering the significance of the National Heritage Month celebration to honor the traditions and customs, the government has encouraged the involvement of the private/NGO sector so that the propagation of country's unique heritage. The province of Negros Oriental will reach more people who need to be aware and appreciative of this patrimony, currently pressured by development and globalization. (PIA/JCT) [top]