Campanario de Dumaguete is now ASEAN icon

Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo led city and provincial officials in the light up rites Tuesday of the historic and iconic Campanario de Dumaguete to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Tuesday.

Vice-Governor Mark Macias, Board Member Jessica Villanueva, Board Member Kit Marc Adanza, Angelo Tiongson representing Governor Roel Degamo, Jack Raymund representing Cong. Arnie Teves, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Member of the GSIS Board of Trustee Jonathan Dela Cruz, Councilors Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal and Alan Gel Cordova, Department Heads, City DILG Director Farah Diba Gentuya, NOCCI President Eduard Du, City Schools Supt. Evangel Luminarias, tourism stakeholders, local artists, among other guests paid tribute to the more than 200 year old Campanario de Dumaguete.

Dumaguete’s Bell tower was chosen to be among the 63 landmarks that were lit simultaneously in key cities nationwide and in the capitals of ASEAN member states Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

The Philippines is one of the founding members of ASEAN along with Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 1976.

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 of the internal matters of its members.

Five (5) belltower project bands and the Sandurot dancers presented their masterpieces before a diverse audience.