Academicians, local officials, school librarians, students and members of the City Heritage Council celebrated the formal launching of the 3-volume box set of Hugkat, the journal of history, culture, and heritage of Dumaguete City held yesterday at the newly restored Presidencia, which is now converted as a branch of the National Museum of the Philippines.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo expressed his pride and joy with the launching of Hugkat Journal and commended all the scholars and historians, who painstakingly put together historiographic works about Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.
The publication of Hugkat reinforces the pride of Dumaguete as a city with a rich culture and heritage that will now be remembered, appreciated and learned by the present and future generations.
Complimentary copies of Hugkat Journal were presented by its editor Professor Ian Rosales Casocot, Ms. Jacqueline V. Antonio, Mayor Remollo, Silliman University Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Commissioner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines Dr. Earl Jude Cleope and were distributed to the librarians of the 44 public and private schools/institutions in Dumaguete City.
Among the dignitaries present during the launching are Silliman University President Betty C. McCann, Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez, City Councilors Bernice Elmaco, Agustin Miguel Perdices and Antonio J. Remollo, as well as other members of the City Heritage Council.
The Silliman University Campus Choristers sang “One More Gift” and “Kinhason” while the Silliman University Dance Troupe performed La Jota Manilena that further enriched the celebration.
Hugkat Journal features the works of local historiography by T. Valentino S. Sitoy Jr;, Professor Caridad Aldecoa-Rodriguez, Dr. Earl Jude Cleope, Professor Carlos M. Magtolis Jr., Fr. Roman C. Sagun Jr., Professor Lorna Peña-Reyes Makil, Professor Ian Rosales Casocot, Dr. Justin Jose A. Bulado and Professor Victor Emmanuel H. Enario plus the historical data papers on Negros Oriental and Siquijor.
For those interested, copies of Hugkat Journal will be available at specific bookstores and specialty stores in Dumaguete City to be announced soon.