THE historic Campanario de Dumaguete (belfry) in Dumaguete City has been chosen as one of the 63 landmarks to be lit Tuesday, August 8, to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
The Philippines is one of the founding members of Asean along with Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 1976. Five more countries later joined the regional bloc -- Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Rey Demecillo, city public information officer, said Monday that Asean seeks to promote “economic, political, and security cooperation among its members” through consultation and consensus in accordance to strict adherence to the principle of non-interference on the internal affairs of members.
The five bell tower project bands and Sandurot dancers will present their masterpieces before an audience in Dumaguete City.
The countdown to the bell tower lighting begins at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday via a live nationwide broadcast.
The public is encouraged to witness and celebrate the golden milestone of Asean, which has guaranteed member nations a better, freer, safer and progressive future for its people.
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, Vice Governor Mark Macias, the province’s three congressional representatives, local officials, church officials and other stakeholders are expected to attend the event.
The centuries-old belfry is a popular landmark of Dumaguete City located at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral compound.
In early times, the belfry was used as a watch tower to warn residents of marauders who come to the shores of Dumaguete to kidnap young women. (PNA)