1st Hiscom General Assembly looks to future with an eye to the past

Jan 17, 2017

by The Night Stalker

 

The Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission’s (Hiscom) civil society counterpart held their first general assembly last Sunday, 16 January 2017 to firm up their organizational structure and future events.

 

Hosted by Hiscom Chair Dr. Erlinda M. Burton at the XU Museo de Oro of Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan, the event was also graced by Local Economic & Investments Promotions Officer Eileen E. San Juan and City Councilor Jay Roa Pascual, chairman of the city council tourism committee, representing City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno.

 

Hiscom Chair Dr Erlinda M. Burton addresses the first general assembly of Hiscom stakeholders

Hiscom Chair Dr Erlinda M. Burton addresses the first general assembly of Hiscom stakeholders

“We really need the assistance of our stakeholders since there are only five of us commissioners in the Hiscom and there’s so much to do,” said Dr. Burton in her welcome remarks. “We are also constrained by our approved budget which cannot even provide us with funds to conduct events on our own so we are going to definitely need the support of our stakeholders for possible private partnerships.”

 

The Hiscom Stakeholders were first consulted by the Hiscom September last year and they have since participated Hiscom activities notably the groundbreaking for the new Museum Annex building and tree planting along the river banks of Duaw Kagay-an Park.

 

Hiscom and Stakeholders take a souvenir pose ff the 1st General Assembly 1-16-17 at XU Museo de Oro

Hiscom and Stakeholders take a souvenir pose ff the 1st General Assembly 1-16-17 at XU Museo de Oro

The group is headed by Ludy Jongco-Quiblat as chairperson and Jesus Christopher Salon as secretary-general. During last Sunday’s general assembly, those present updated their committee memberships following the same structure along which the Hiscom is organized.

 

In her brief talk, Ms. San Juan briefed the stakeholders on the City’s four major tourism events: the 2nd Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Festival on January 21-28Himguso on June 12-15; the Higalaay Festival on the fiesta month of August and Pasko de Oro for December.

 

For his part, Councilor Pascual stressed the city council, especially the tourism committee which he chairs, is ever ready to support the Hiscom’s endeavors.

 

City Council Toursim Committee Chair Jay Roa Pascual speaks during the 1st General Assembly of the Hiscom Stakeholders held at XU Museo de Oro.

City Council Toursim Committee Chair Jay Roa Pascual speaks during the 1st General Assembly of the Hiscom Stakeholders held at XU Museo de Oro.

“In fact, during our special session last 13 January 2017, the city council unanimously approved the resolution I sponsored endorsing 13-17 March 2017 as General Douglas MacArthur Week,” he said.

  

The XU Cultural Dance Troupe performs during the 1st General Assembly of Hiscom Stakeholders

The XU Cultural Dance Troupe performs during the 1st General Assembly of Hiscom Stakeholders

The meeting concluded with a dance presentation of the Xavier University Cultural Dance Troupe relating the story of Datu Salangsang, the Higa-onon chieftain who founded the first settlement of Cagayan de Oro called Cagaiang, at the present site of the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral complex and Gaston Park.

 

Hiscom and Stakeholders take a souvenir pose  with the XU Cultural Dance Troupe ff the 1st General Assembly 1-16-17 at XU Museo de Oro

Hiscom and Stakeholders take a souvenir pose with the XU Cultural Dance Troupe ff the 1st General Assembly 1-16-17 at XU Museo de Oro

The Hiscom and the Stakeholders are now developing a decade long series of events celebrating the founding of Cagaiang to start on 2018 dubbed Kagay-iyang 390, marking the 390th founding of Cagayan de Oro’s original settlement.

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