Heritage pilgrimage event Angat Kabataan 2012 is set to gather in Iloilo City May 1-5 over a hundred youth leaders throughout the country as initiated by the Society of Ecclesiastical Archivists of the Philippines.

A tour around Iloilo’s historical sites will be a major part of the “heritage pilgrimage” visiting the Archdiocese of Jaro and University of San Agustin in the metropolis and Miag-ao and San Joaquin in southern part of the province.

Jaro Cathedral is a declared national pilgrimage site by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

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A private Catholic educational institution established in 1904, the University of San Agustin is the first in Western Visayas.

Miag-ao Church is a declared World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

San Joaquin church is a declared National Cultural Treasure in 1974 by the National Historical Institute and the only church in the country which portrays militarism in its architecture according to the Department of Tourism.

The young delegates are representatives from 39 Roman Catholic churches declared as National Cultural Treasures and as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“This relevant endeavor aims to make available general knowledge about heritage conservation and the importance of these heritage assets in forming future generations,” Bishop Julito Cortes, chair of CBCP–Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, stressed in a statement.

“Through this event, the youth are also expected to valorize natural heritage in which cultural heritage is embedded,” he added.

Cortes’ endorsement expressed that the committee “is cognizant of the gains the youth will obtain through the event.”

Angat Kabataan has been featuring seminars and workshops which are conducted by heritage preservation experts.

Now on its third year, Angat Kabataan which is officially part of National Heritage Month celebrations will be held in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

This year, the organizers have invited JEFARCA, a group formed by high school students who have successfully given birth to a reputable organization that ensures preservation of heritage sites in Bulacan.

Representatives from Escuela Taller, an arts-and-crafts training program funded by the Spanish Government for the poor but artistically inclined Filipino youth will also provide seminar-workshops.

Partner institutions are CBCP’s Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and Commission on Youth; Archdiocese of Jaro; San Agustin Museum; local government units of Iloilo, Miag-ao, and San Joaquin; University of San Agustin; and Escuela Taller.

For inquiries, please contact Jocelyn Evangelista at 09157720739, Telefax No. (632)732-4652 or send an e-mail to jsevangelista03@yahoo.com. (With CBCP News)