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MIHCA throws pSaysay a halo-halo, ice cream party

Project Saysay board and creative team posing before the Fort Santiago.

With only the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) new chairman Rene R. Escalante speaking, Project Saysay's fourth anniversary program was entirely a tribute to all its benefactors, partners, and volunteers for four years. The program was held at the audio-visual room of the NHCP Jose Rizal Museum in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.

Leading among the honorees were the employees of the NHCP who were recognized in the opening program. The Research, Publication and Heraldry Division of the said cultural agencies has been in support of the education programs of Project Saysay, to the extent its researchers have generated funds for the advocacy. Project Saysay founder and executive director Ian Alfonso is a researcher of the said division. Juan Paolo Calamlam, another researcher, is also a volunteer and was formerly the Research and Translation Director of Project Saysay.

The Commemoration and Museums Division of the NHCP was also acknowledged for hosting most of Project Saysay activities in the country. The NHCP has 21 history museums. Notable of which are the Museum of Republic of 1899 in Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan, Marcelo H. del Pilar Museum in Bulakan, Bulacan, Museum of Philippine Social History in Angeles City, Jose Rizal Museums in Fort Santiago and in Calamba, Laguna, and Manuel Quezon Museum in Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, and Apolinario Mabini Museums in Tanauan, Batangas and at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila--all have been a partner of Project Saysay in most of its programs since 2013.

Conservators and chemists of the NHCP were also recognized. The NHCP Materials Research and Conservation Division has been conserving cultural and historical objects in Iloilo, Cebu, and Bohol. They also volunteered in turning over Project Saysay posters and items in various towns in the Visayas.

Other partner institutions which were recognized in the occasion were South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation, CASA San Miguel Foundation, and Legit Entertainment & Media, the latter the biggest benefactor of Project Saysay which endowed almost 80,000.00 pesos.

Austere yet endearing, the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) sponsored the food and refreshment. Halo-halo, ice cream, pichi-pichi, pancit malabon, and sweet blend spaghetti were prepared.

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