INTERPRETING a people’s cultural heritage to make it a collective, relevant resource for nation-building and progress is the task of every generation – and particularly every generation’s academicians – to enable us to triumph over unique, contemporary development challenges, such as today’s globalization trends.
This was the gist of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Dr. Eldigario Gonzales’ message during the opening of the 3rd National Literary and Cultural Festival of the Phlippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), of which he is concurrent president. The one-day festival, the theme of which was “Enhancing Filipino Cultural Heritage for National Unity and Identity,” was held at the historic cityof Malolos, Bulacan, last Tuesday, July 4.
Dr. Gonzales was guest speaker and keynoted the opening of the annual event, which this year was jointly hosted by the Bulacan State University (BSU) and the Development Council of State Universities and Colleges of Region III. BSU President Dr. Rosario Pimentel gave the welcome address.
Among the contest events participated in by SUC students from all the country were extemporaneous speaking, pagsulat ng sanaysay, dagliang talumpati, quiz bowl, vocal solo, vocal duet, instrumental solo, chorus, on-the-spot painting, charcoal rendering, folk dance, dancesport, and beauty pageant.
Dr. Gonzales noted in his speech that as venue of the PASUC festival, Malolos – where the first Philippine Constitution was promulgated and signed by Filipino revolutionary leaders in 1898 – continues to inspire the nation to achieve solidarity progress. He said State universities and colleges must continue to provide the Filipino people with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills necessary to meet today’s and future socio-economic challenges. (Rey-Luis Banagudos / PAO-WMSU)