Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay has launched the Makati Heritage Conservation Program—aptly titled as Makati 21, the city’s development agenda for the 21st century. Makati 21 aims to retrace, relearn and draw appreciation for Makati’s history which will foster a synergy of past and present for the further growth and development of the city.
Mayor Binay pinpointed Barangay Poblacion as the pilot barangay for heritage conservation because of its rich cultural roots and the presence of heritage and historical structures and landmarks such as the Saints Peter and Paul Church and the Museo ng Makati.
A committee of people from the city government, residents and the private sector will be assembled to oversee the heritage project.
The mayor explained: “Our culture is our legacy. It is what makes Makatenos and Filipinos who we are.” The city recently hosted an executive dinner for the International Conference on Folkloric Heritage as part of is Makati 21 program.
Councilor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay led officials in welcoming conference participants and members of the Organization of Folk Arts (Philippines) Foundation Inc. (IOFA-P).
“I am glad there are venues like this wherein we could share best practices in heritage conservation and cultural enrichment. People are recently becoming more aware of the value of heritage. We now see the importance of keeping our culture alive, realizing that it is a large part of our identity as a people and as a nation,’ Councilor Binay said.
The conference aims to promote understanding and tolerance among people through diversified cultural exchange activities and programs, Binay explained.
He added: “Filipinos should begin to see that our culture, however diversified, can link us together. It is through greater understanding and sharing that we can foster a sense of common values and peace among our people and people of other nations.”
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