Mogpog, Marinduque – The Mogpog Cultural Mapping project continued their critiquing
sessions at the at Marinduque State College Extramural Study Center (MSC ESC) in Brgy.
Capayang, Mogpog. There are 16 mappers who elaborated at most 80 cultural heritage from
the domains of natural, built, movable and intangible cultural last June 8 to 11. Keeping abreast
of health and safety protocols, the critiquing session was distributed in four days,
accommodating at least four cultural mappers per day through Tuesday to Friday. The invited
cultural mapping mentors from School of Education, Bernadette Del Prado and the MSC Culture
and Arts Head, Dr. Randy Nobleza took turns in mentoring the new set of cultural mappers
since March 25-26 before Holy Week and April 19-22 in observance of National Literature
Month. The other mentors were MSC School of Education and alumni of Graduate Diploma in
Cultural Education: Mrs Ruby Ann Lantita, Ms Sharmaine Balut and the lead mapper from
Marinduque Academy Mr Dennis Jardeleza.

The main objective of the said cultural mapping is to prepare the for 2 nd follow-up visit from the
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The previous local mappers were
equipped with a five-day training in June 2018 where face to face activities were still allowed
accomplishing at least 50% of the initial targets. Then the 1 st follow-up visit was held last May
20, 2019 during the pre-pandemic, the cultural mapping project was stalled indefinitely. Until
the planning and eventual implementation of the Cultural Mapping Retooling preceding the
Gasan and Santa Cruz Cultural Mapping activities. Along with the Cultural Mapping project in
Buenavista last October 2018 and the first follow-up immediately after Mogpog and before the
scoping and negotiation in the town of Torrijos.

The next phase of the cultural mapping process would be the community validation where all
the prepared and accomplished forms 100% complete would be subjected to both internal and
external validators’ comments and suggestions. The target of the Mogpog Cultural Mapping
team is to have finalized Local Culture Profile composed of 268 cultural elements on or before
October this year. In due course, the initial output would be the basis for the Philippine Registry
of Cultural Property towards the last quarter of 2021.

MSC ESC endeavors to become a creative and technology hub of the province where research
and innovation would take place in collaboration with the stakeholders, academe and private
sector. Headed by Dr. Gerald Gutierrez, MSC Extramural Study Center has paid a courtesy visit
to Mogpog Local Chief Executive, Hon. Augusto Leo Livelo for future collaborations for the
greater good of the every Marindukenyo, especially the MogpogHenyo (Mogpogueño)!