The City Government of Mabalacat City of Pampanga partnered with the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (USTGS-CCCPET) to execute the 4 modules of cultural mapping activity of the city. The project aims to gather the heritage resources for its nature and culture-based tourism promotion, development, and conservation.
The cultural mapping activity is supported by the local government, represented by Councilor Win-Win Garbo, chairperson on tourism, culture, and arts. Instructors from Mabalacat City College and teachers of Department of Education Mabalacat City Division serve as cultural mappers of the city.
According to Mr. Arwin Paul Lingat, a UST Cultural Heritage Studies alumnus and the tourism officer of the city, the cultural mapping is part of the 9 pillars of governance of Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, which is expressed in “Culture and Heritage Awareness.” The project will run from January – May 2020.
Cultural mapping is a tool to identify the natural and cultural heritage resources of a specific locality for purposes of conservation and development.