CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--The Tourism Office of the City Government of San Fernando on Friday held a heritage awareness symposium at the Amphitheater of Heroes Hall.

The symposium, which tackled the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, aims to integrate heritage education in teaching Philippine history in public schools.

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According to City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, the symposium was attended by teachers and instructors from various schools in the city and the province, and was facilitated by the National Historical Commission (NHC).

“Our objective here is to have heritage, the heraldic flag and culture as a whole included in the curriculum of elementary and high schools. This way, we will be able to strengthen awareness and knowledge of students about the subject of heritage,” Pangilinan said.

She told Sun.Star Pampanga that the heritage awareness symposium, is the first of its kind in the country as sanctioned by the National Historical Institute and the NHC.

The City Government, led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, has strongly been advocating heritage and culture preservation.

For her part, NHCP Deputy Director Emelita Almozara said that such a move by the City Government helps the overall target of the commission to improve the quality of life of Filipinos through culture and history. (Jovi T. De Leon)