Boac Quadricentennial week opens with a History and Culture Symposium   

November 30, 2022

Boac, Marinduque – The week of festivities for the 400 years of reestablishment of Boac commenced with the last reiteration of the Boac Quadricentennial Webinar Series today, November 30. Prior to the start of festivities for the 400 years of reestablishment commemorations, the first of the series in remembrance of 10 de Octobre, 125 years ago who exemplified bravery and heroism with Gerry Menorca, Ar. Giles Sol and Ar. Marjonier Malabanan to look at the continuity of historic events to placemaking current transformations of the Boac Town Plaza and the celebration of Museums and Galleries month.


The next round of the Boac Quadricentennial webinars was dedicated to the fateful event of 1 de Noviembre which signified the local struggles of the Philippine Revolution which took place on November 10, 1897. In behalf Civicom-Kabalikat, Engr. Edgardo Laririt talked about the torch parade as an effort to shed light and pay tribute to the anonymous heroes during the massacre 125 years before. Meanwhile both architects of the Marinduque National High School (MNHS) and Marinduque State College (MSC) took turns in discussing the resonance of the history of Boac and its precarious future. Ar. Maynard Muhi of MSC explored the Land Use Development Investment Program which every university should have. Considering the exponential growth of student population of MNHS, Ar. Roy Manrique expounded on the built structures in MNHS.


To wrap up the Boac Quadricentennial webinar Series, the roundtable discussion format opened to the public the context and pressing issues of heritage development and conservation with the researchers, cultural workers, the youth and academe: Prof. Bryan Viray, Ar. Beda Magturo, Prof Patrick Henry Manguera, Dr.Randy Nobleza and Ms. Aine Magalang had an exchange about Boac’s History and Culture. National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Commissioner Dr. Emmanuel Calairo imparted a message of solidarity along with public historian Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua, PUP President Engr. Bong Muhi, MSC President Dr. Diosdado Zulueta. Bokal Jojo Leva along with Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Ninay Festin shared thoughts on the topic and Boac Local Chief Executive Armi Carrion closed the discussion with a commitment to heritage conservation and Boac further development.


Meanwhile, the featured lineup of activities during the  Boac Quadricentennial are as follows: Kick-Off Ceremony and launching of Boac@400 Logo and Hymn last September 2; unveiling of Boac Quadricentennial Commemorative Stamp with PhilPost on October 3; Boac@400 Web series day 1 in collaboration with MSC and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) last  October 10 via online platform and  Boac Quadricentennial Web series day 2 yet again with PUP and MSC on November 1.


In addition, after the Boac@400 Webinar episode 3 there would be the lighting of  the Giant Christmas Tree to be proceeded by a mini-concert with the Boac Band Organization and MNHS; next would be the opening of Boac Quadricentennial Trade Fair in Marinduque Expo by December 1; there would also be  “Jam with Nature”: Boac Quadricentennial Youth Music Festival at the Boac Moriones Arena by December 2; Night of the Barangays on Quadricentennial Year on December 4; I Love Boac Tiktok Vlogging Competition Awarding by December 5; “maramihang kasalan sa pagdiriwang ng ika-400 taong pagkakatatag ng Bayan ng Boac“ on December 6; and the main highlight of the celebration would be the Grand Float Parade by December 7 from the MNHS Covered Court and the grand finale is the “Gawad Boakeño sa ika-apat na sentenaryo at Selebrasyon ng 400 na Daang Taon ng muling pagkakatatag ng Bayan ng Boac” at the MSC Gymnasium this coming December 8, the feast day of the Boac patronnes  Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion.


The main theme of the celebration “400 Taong Kasaysayan ng Boac: Sandigan at Inspirasyon ng Mamamayan, Tungo sa mas Maunlad na Bayan” was crafted by the Local Government of Boac in coordination with the Municipal Council for Local History, Culture and the Arts along with MSC and PUP on top of the line agencies and civil society organization from the town of Boac.

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