The province of Bohol affirmed its commitment to the importance of academic institutions and their role in cultural preservation with the holding of the summit on culture and education.

Spearheaded by the Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council (BACH), the summit was held at the Bohol Cultural Center last Oct. 6.

With the theme “Pagtimbaya sa mga Alagad sa Kultura ug Alamat”, the summit seeks to widen its advocacy on cultural awareness and encourage Boholanos to take pride in their heritage.

The day-long activity, attended by students, teachers, and cultural workers, was organized by the BACH Council’s Cultural Education Committee, with symposiums on best practices in integrating local culture to education.

It also sought to utilize cultural mapping, the importance of teaching Filipino values in schools, and awareness campaigns on the significance of museums in conserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

“Our cultural heritage, from the Blood Compact to the Dagohoy Revolt, is the bedrock upon which Bohol’s identity stands,” said Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Lucille Lagunay.

In her inspirational message, Lagunay urged teachers to “unearth the tales of bravery, resilience, and unity that define our history, weaving these narratives into lessons that inspire pride and reverence for our cultural heritage”.

The event featured seven cultural performances from participating secondary and tertiary schools, oath-taking of the newly-elected officers of the BACH Council’s Culture and Education Committee and Music Committee, and sharing on Bohol as a UNESCO Global Geopark.