The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) with Pixel Art Media Production, Co. as a production house has a television show entitled SAGISAG KULTURA TV, a one-hour program every Sunday, 3:00 to 4:00 pm at PTV 4 hosted by Hero G. Angeles and Lara Marie Mascardon Maige.
The show features people, events and places relevant to Philippine culture and arts interspersed with the three-fold mandate of the NCCA of culture as a pillar of sustainable development, advancement of creativity and artistic expression, pride of place and sense of nationhood.
SagisagKultura TV now on its fourth season, on top of its usual segments – PEP Art (News Segment), SagisagKultura (Trivia Featurette), and SiningGalaw (Cultural Performances), proudly presents its main feature segment entitled: “LIKHANG YAMAN,” which intends to recognize and feature the Cultural Tourism of a particular province, town or city.
Tagbilaran City was fortunate enough to be tapped as one of the featured places for the said show. This was an opportunity for the city to showcase its cultural heritage and creative industry. Despite the short notice, the city government of Tagbilaran through the leadership of Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II made the coverage possible with the City Tourism Office headed by Ms. Shobel L. Ligalig as the main proponent for this project.
The PTV4/Pixel Art Media Production crew was composed of Erwin Villegas Aton (Executive Producer), Krista Ann Taclan (Creative Manager), Rizaldy B. Dayal (Director of Photography) and Peter Philip Miave (Head, Technical Crew). Their four-day city coverage started on April 30, 2018 just in time for the St. Joseph The Worker procession that night. Later they had their first taste of our distinctive “Fiesta” culture courtesy of Arch. Nino Guidaben providing the group a scrumptious dinner at their residence. The following day’s lunch was sponsored by Cong. Rene Relampagos whose house was expectedly packed with people from all walks of life.
The next days were spread out with a full schedule covering the boat-making industry with the Belano Brothers and the 3- generations Reputana guitar makers of Barangay Manga. They also covered the quintessential Tagbilaranon pastry, the 4th generation “Tinapay” of Barangay Taloto through the graciousness of Mrs. Cecilia Oroc, all representing our Creative Industry as a potential integral part of our tourism circuit.
One can never say they had been to Tagbilaran if you had not been to any of the many outlets of The Buzzz Café, which had made itself as a go-to place for organic food especially for health-conscious tourists and visitors. This homegrown resto had successfully made a mark as a Boholano Brand, making it worthy of praise from the production team as Ms. Victoria Sandidge pledged to support our endeavor with a delectable meal. This gave everyone an energy boost as they prepared to cover the much-awaited SAULOG Festival culmination.
Needless to say, the SAULOG STREET DANCING Competition gave the group a lasting impression that indeed, our FIESTA celebration is almost as grand as the other known and established festivals in the country with all 15 barangays being represented by their respective young and selfless volunteers.
On a lighter but more meaningful note, the next day, the crew had the privilege of having a full session with Mr. Dennis Drake, the founder of IDEA, PHILS., an NGO (Non-Government Organization) focused on the Deaf/Mute Community long before PWD (Persons With Disability) was even in the radar of government’s special concerns. It is probably the most successful and longest running NGO on PWDs in the country, now running on their 37th year. From Dao Diamond Hotel, to the Hammer and Nail facility to the Deaf Academy where they met the real owners of IDEA, PHILS. ,the deaf/mute students and staff. The production crew was not only impressed by their program and amenities but were also touched by this advocacy as they discussed their experience that morning over the delicious lunch provided by another entity owned by the deaf/mute community, the cowboy-inspired Garden Café Restaurant.
Later that afternoon, the 2 hosts, Hero Angeles and Lara Maige, as well as the show’s director, Christopher John S. Andaluz and Auremel M. Cruz, their drone pilot, arrivedfresh from the airport just in time for them to join our special “BALIK SA KAGAHAPON” Heritage Tour. Our distinguished guests for the tour were actually TAL Tagbilaranons, some of the prominent residents of Tagbilaran who showed up for the first “TAPOK TAPOK sa mga TAL Tagbilaranon” the previous night at the Cultural Center which was organized by Father Fernando Po and assisted by Ms. Sylvia Fortich and Rosalinda Paredes to pave the way for the creation of the TAGBILARAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
The “BALIK SA KAGAHAPON” Tagbilaran Heritage Tour is a direct result of the technical support given by USAID-COMPETE and USAID-SURGE and was launched in July 2017 through the additionalsupport from the National Commission on Culture and Arts-BOKAG (Bol-anong Kabilin Atong Gibahandi) project with the guidance of heritage advocate Lutgardo “Gardy” Labad and PROCESS-Bohol’s Emmie Roslinda. After the discovery that we are rich in cultural and architectural assets that would make visitors experience a historical journey as they visit the different heritage sites from the Spanish colonial era, the American years, the Japanese Occupation during World War II, this was then that the City’s Events, Culture and Arts Office under the leadership of Alexis Cadelina worked hand in hand with the City Tourism Office headed by Ms. Shobel Ligalig to create this one-of-a-kind heritage tour showcasing the living remnants of our history as well as our local talents for a cultural show at the end of the tour.
The tour started at Plaza del Principe or what we now call Plaza Rizal and the Bohol National Museum with no other than Prof. Marianito Luspo as the tour guide. This privileged group was able to enter the newly restored Provincial Capitol Building with special permission from theNational Museum’s Director Jeremy Barns in response to the request sent by the City Tourism Office. Aside from the historical accounts that happened in this edifice centuries ago, this building will soon become our Bohol National Museum in July this year.
Then the most touching part of the tour was when the participants entered CASA ROCHA in Sitio Ubos where the experiential tour took them to their childhood. It turned out that two of our guests Mrs. Bobsie Gonzaga Ong and her sister, lived in Casa Rocha when they were young and remembered where they used to play, while another guest said she used to go there at the command of her mother when she was still little to pick up some pastries made by the owners. Even the two young hosts were obviously impressed by the artistic Spanish architecture and the dome-shaped interior as they explored this centuries-old house with the inconspicuous 1831 engraving on one of the limestone bricks.
Though it was late, we were still able to proceed to the Carlos P. Garcia Heritage House where a vast collection of his memorabilia can be found. And finally, the tour culminated at the Balili Heritage House where Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II and the owner Arch. Gloria Balili-Katz welcomed the tour participants as the short cultural show with the Tagbilaran City Chorale under the baton of Prof. Joshibiah Butch De Juan and a Balitaw performance by Michael Cosmod and Christine Angcog was underway. The program was facilitated by Ms. Jeanette Busano of the City’s Media Bureau. The night ended with a Bodol-Bodol Dinner at another homegrown resto, SAYA’S RESTAURANT courtesy of Father Po.
This whole project would not have been made possible without the support of the following: Mayor John Geesnell Yap II, City Adminstrator Edi Borja, John Torralba of City’s GSO, Bohol Tropics Resort, Kew Hotel, Belian Hotel, The Buzzz Café, Saya’s Restaurant, Dao Diamond Hotel, Garden Café, Prof. Marianito Luspo, Cooper Resabal, Belano Brothers, Cornello Reputana &Family, Cecilia Oroc, Alexis Cadelina Of Tagbilaran City’s Events, Culture and Arts office and staff, Tagbilaran City Choir under Joshibiah Butch De Juan, Arch. Nino Guidaben, Joseph Gara, director Jeremy Barns and Charlemeine Tantingco of National Museum, Romulo Tagaan of CECAD for CPG Heritage House, Atty. Butchie Zamora, Mr. Alejandro Uy, Mrs. Norma Beldia And Family, Arch. Gloria Balili-Katz, Rosalinda Paredes of USAID-SURGE, Tony Samante of City Traffic & Mgt. Office, City Tourism Officer Shobel Ligalig and staff And Mr. Lutgardo “Gar