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1st ASEAN Capital Culture launched in Tarlac

TARLAC CITY, Tarlac, Nov. 28 –- The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCAA), in collaboration with the International Theater Institute (ITI) and the Commission on Climate Change, has launched in the province the 1st ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Capital Culture in the Philippines.

Cecilia Guidote Alvarez, president of ITI-UNESCO, said Tarlac was chosen as ASEAN Capital Culture because it is the birthplace of heroes who fought for democracy.

It is also the hometown of the two Presidents of the Republic of the Philippines– Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino in 1986-1992 and her son Benigno S. Aquino III, Alvarez said.

She said Tarlac had a long time history in preserving the culture of the people and protecting the environment.

Vilma Labrador, NCCA commissioner, handed over to Governor Victor A. Yap the Certification of Declaration making Tarlac as the 1st ASEAN Capital Culture in the Philippines.

Yap thanked the NCCA, ITI, Commission on Climate Change the great pride bestowed upon Tarlac.

Tarlac was perhaps chosen as the Capital Culture because the late President Corazon Aquino, who is from Tarlac, fought for democracy and freedom, the governor said.

He handed over the key to Therea Cantrada, foreign service officer of the Office of ASEAN Affairs- Department of Foreign Affairs as the representative of the 10 ASEAN Countries to the said launching.

She said that the key will open up many doors of opportunities in terms of exchange in cultural knowledge within the ASEAN community.

Commissioner Heherson Alvarez of the Commission on Climate Change recalled how Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. and Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino fought for the freedom of the Filipino people against the dictatorship rule .

Ten giant dummies of the ASEAN were paraded in the province as each country’s folk songs were sang by the Tarlac State University Choir.

Cultural dances were also performed as Alvarez narrated the letter for democracy penned by Ninoy Aquino.

The colorful ASEAN Flags were also paraded and displayed proudly at the stage. (PNA)

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