CATARMAN, Northern Samar (PIA) -- Initiated by the provincial government of Northern Samar through its tourism office, a Festival Management Workshop held on September 6-8, generated a colorful, authentic, and vibrant festival plan for the province’s anniversary next year.
The three-day workshop gathered all the municipal tourism officers, local culture and the arts councils, artists and the Provincial Tourism, Culture and the Arts Council (PTCAC) to be oriented on the spectrum of drafting and formulating a cultural and contemporary blended festival for the province.
Josette Doctor, provincial tourism officer, said the workshop was initiated to conceptualize a colorful and vibrant festival that will characterize and identify the uniqueness being a Norte-Samarnon.
“The activity aimed at encouraging a sense of pride, nurturing and sustaining the cultural heritage and diversity, at the same time helping the province’s tourism and commerce industry,” said Doctor.
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Albert Lucero, chairperson of the Culture and Arts committee, said in his message that the province is so blessed with all the good things it has, and it is just fitting and timely to learn more and acquire the knowledge on festival management, as a way of promoting the province’s cultural diversity, its tourism richness and dynamics.
The discussant provided a wide range of perspectives on the topics which include Into the realm of culture; Overview of festival management; Tools for festival management which covers cultural profiling and mapping, festival organigram, and cost benefits analysis; and the Aesthetics in festivals with special emphases on gender analysis.
Participants were guided by Jaime B. Antonio Jr., a culture and development specialist, who faciitated the workshop. (MMP/ADiaz/PIA-Northern Samar)