Youth Heritage Award launched 

Rep. Francisco Benitez* 

The Filipino Heritage Festival Inc., in partnership with the office of Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), has launched  the 2024 Gawad Kabataan Para sa Pamana (Youth for Heritage Award), in  celebration of the  20th anniversary of FHFI and National Heritage Month. 

The Gawad Kabataan Para sa Pamana award aims to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the youth in heritage conservation, a press release from the office of Benitez said Sunday, June 2. 

The award seeks to inspire and motivate young individuals and groups by highlighting exemplary youth-led initiatives in preserving and promoting cultural heritage.  

The award’s primary objective is to acknowledge and honor the efforts of youth actively engaged in heritage conservation, promotion, and advocacy. 

Entries for the award will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Impact  – 25 percent, which considers tangible outcomes and impact of the group’s initiatives on heritage conservation or promotion; Innovation  – 25 percent, assessing the level of creativity, including the use of technologies or innovative solutions to address heritage conservation challenges; Sustainability  – 25 percent, focusing on the long-term sustainability of projects or activities; and Collaboration –  25 percent, evaluating the extent to which the group has collaborated with other stakeholders. 

Qualified participants are youth groups from the Third District of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, endorsed by their  Local Government Units  as participants in the 2023 and 2024 Youth Heritage Forum  

The award will recognize projects and activities initiated between the period from May 20, 2023 to May 31, 2024, in the respective cities and municipalities, the press release said. 

Benitez, who has been at the forefront of preserving and promoting Filipino cultural heritage, authored R.A. No. 11961, also known as the New Heritage Law, which mandates cultural mapping for LGUs. 

 This law requires an inventory of cultural practices, artistic traditions, local cuisine, historical sites, structures, artifacts, and handicrafts as a crucial step to strengthening tangible and intangible heritage conservation, cultural education, and tourism. 

For the past two decades, FHFI has also been dedicated to preserving and promoting Filipino cultural heritage through various programs and initiatives. FHFI continues to advocate for the protection and celebration of the Philippines’ rich cultural history, the press release said.*

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