“Mascota…” Research Proposal
April 17, 2006

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has approved the research proposal submitted by Dr. Roberto B. Torres, Director, Office of Culture and the Arts, WMSU. Ms. Marichu Tellano, Project Management Division Chief in a communication informed that the NCCA Board has approved the proposal per Resolution Number 2006-053.

The title of the project is “Mascota: A Research and Documentation on the Evolution and Design Pattern of Zamboangeña Costume. The implementation date will be up to June, 2006. The project has been qualified under the NCCAs Program for Promotion of Culture and the Arts/Publication/Documentation. The project aims to: 1) trace the development of the Mascota based on pattern, design, color, useof materials/fabric and accessories; 2) describe the anatomy of the Mascota through its pattern; 3) identify various Mascota design that ascribe to a social status function; and 4) compare the different designs interpretations worn by prominent Zamboangueña.

The Committee on Kapatagan Cultural Communities (CKCC) and the Sub Commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA)favorably endorsed the approval of the project with the reason that it will instill awareness and appreciation of the “Mascota” with its various functions. At the same time, it will preserve and promote the Cultural Tradition of Zamboangueño Women. The project was strongly endorsedby Mayor Celso Lobregat, who mentioned that “ultimately the study will support the legislation of the Mascota as official costume of Zamboanga City.” Dr. Grace Rebollos, WMSU Vice-President for Research and Extension Development also endorsed the project for the reason that “the activity is in line with the thrust of the University as well as of the City.” And Prof. Ali Yacub, WMSU Public Affairs Office Director also supported the proposal because “it is very timely and proper to recognize one rich heritage that remained undocumented for many decades now.”

The research project will trace the evolution and development pattern ofthe “Mascota,” which is the only popular and accepted official costume worn by Zamboangueño women yet remained undocumented until now. The project will uncover base line information of the costume’s anatomy, development and design interpretations through times from years 1800 to 2000.

The findings of the study will make Zamboanga prouder. Like in other places in the Philippines, becauseof this important heritage, it has preserved and maintained its true identity. Furthermore, the study will enable local officials and legislators pass an ordinance for this unique attire as the official costume of the city and henceforth will be added as Philippines’ list of Culture and Arts heritage. And finally, this project will further strengthen the city’s engagement and ties with Spanish Government for tourism and cultural exchange program. (Alita T. Pangilinan, OCTA-WMSU)