CLARK FREEPORT— Over P1.2M worth of research equipment and materials were donated to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) by the Bridges of Benevolent Initiative Foundation, Inc. (BBIFI), to promote and preserve Kapampangan culture and heritage in this Freeport.
Various gadgets like video cameras, laptops, drones, tablets, projectors, and other learning apparatus will be used to document the Kapampangan people’s intangible cultural heritage and living practices, the creation of scholarly writings for the documentation of Kapampangan research materials, and the composition of children’s books.
BB International Leisure and Resort Development Corporation (BBLRDC) President Dr. Irineo G. Alvaro Jr. handed over the said equipment to CDC Chairman Atty. Edgardo D. Pamintuan during a simple turnover ceremony held at the Clark Polytechnic Amphitheatre.
Meanwhile, Pamintuan shared how the partnership between CDC and BBIFI started and CDC’s role based on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed in April this year.
“As passionate proponents of promoting Kapampangan culture and tradition, we signed the MOA on April 8 this year, and today BBIFI will hand over approximately P1,260,000 worth of equipment,” he said.
“The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Placement Division of the CDC will guarantee that the necessary tools and resources for researching Kapampangan culture and history are kept on-site and are readily available to researchers and students,” he added.
CDC then turned over the donated equipment to Ágúman Sínúpan Singsing, Inc. (ASSI) and committed to support its projects by providing a venue for their lecture series on Kapampangan culture and heritage.
In addition, CDC also assured ASSI to look for an office space within the Freeport to facilitate the research and have a library which will house various literatures and books on Kapampangan history.
According to Pamintuan, these efforts will continue for the revitalization of the Kapampangan cultural legacy by analyzing, documenting, teaching, and publishing books related to the said advocacy.
He thanked BBIFI, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of BBILRDC, as well as the contributions of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
The said endeavor will serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement for both Filipinos and non-Filipinos to learn more about Kapampangan traditions that are still being practiced today.
Also present during the activity are BBIFI Corporate Secretary Renato D. Salavador, ASSI Managing Director Joy L. Cruz, ASSI President and Program Director Mike M. Pangilinan, CDC Vice President for Admin and Finance Engr. Mariza O. Mandocdoc, and CDC Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Rommel C. Narciso.