Various local artists, heritage advocates, government workers and elected local officials participated in the cultural mapping project spearheaded by the City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio and facilitated by National Commission for Culture and the Arts which started yesterday at a local hotel.

Various speakers to include City Legal Officer Manuel Arbon, Dr. Earl Jude Paul L. Cleope, Vice-President for Academic Affairs of Silliman University; Dessa Quesada Palm, Executive Director of Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts underscored the need for cultural mapping, the methods, ethics and field work protocols that will be observed by the participants.

Painstaking documentation and the preservation of the rich local culture and arts is one of the priority projects of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to promote tourism and to make Dumaguete City a prime heritage destination in this part of the country.