Cebu Queen City of the South declared ASEAN 10th City of Culture

Cebu City, considered as the Philippines’ Queen City of the South, was declared a City of Culture by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on July 20, 2011.

ASEAN Awards the Following Cities for different titles;

1.       Angono in Rizal

2.      Tarlac City

3.      Angeles in Pampanga

4.      Batangas City

5.      Roxas in Capiz

6.      Tagbilaran in Bohol

7.      Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental

8.      Dapitan City in Zamboanga.

9.      Manila

10. Cebu - tenth Philippine city to be awarded the title

“From the historic Magellan's cross planted in the heart of the city, to the city's magnificent hotels, pristine beaches and diving spots, colorful religious and tourist festivals and vibrant industries-you name it, Cebu has it," said Olivia Palala, executive director of the DFA Office of ASEAN Affairs.

The recognition was in line with the country’s distinction as the ASEAN Culture Capital for 2010 and 2011, a project that gives countries the distinction of being a Culture Capital for two straight years.

The news was met with festivities in Cebu last Friday, starting at the Radisson Blu Hotel where Cebuano college students decked in traditional attire of ASEAN member-states and carrying the 10 flags of the ASEAN kicked off a series of events for the day.

The day was highlighted by the unveiling of the “Cebu City as ASEAN City of Culture" marker at the Talamban Family Park where the 12th ASEAN Summit is also located.

Other events included a roundtable discussion featuring the city’s artists and traders and five ASEAN resident ambassadors, a cultural extravaganza, a sampling of Cebu delicacies, a furniture and fabric exhibit at SM Cebu, an evening fashion show at the Rizal Library and a heritage walk around the city.

Cebu will pass on the honor of being the ASEAN Culture Capital to Singapore in January during the city’s annual celebration of the Sinulog Festival.

The ASEAN City of Culture movement began in 2008 and aims to strengthen ASEAN identity and increase the prominence of ASEAN inside and outside the region by celebrating Southeast Asian arts and culture.

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