May 19, 2017 – The Cultural Mapping Project of General Santos City is proceeding with the third phase of its execution—this time tackling the subjects of Movable Heritage and Local History.
Members of the General Santos City Museum Technical Working Group headed by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles and teacher/enumerators from the Department of Education General Santos City Division Office (DepEd Gensan) delved and immersed last May 4 into the subjects of movable heritage and local history through series of lectures given by Associate Professor Eric B. Zerrudo of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School - Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (UST-CCCPET).
Prof. Zerrudo began by sharing “Dumdum ko Iloilo”, a presentation on his life and experiences as an Ilonggo vis-à-vis the fascinating history of the province of Iloilo.
Recognized historians of General Santos, namely Mr. Jong Ramirez, Dr. Alicia Campado, and Dr. Domingo Non, were also invited to deliver lectures on local history.
The highlight of the day was the engrossing lecture of Prof. Zerrudo on the fascinating and controversial masterpiece of Juan Luna—the painting known today as “The Parisian Life.”
“The Parisian Life” lecture accounted the timeline of the artwork’s different owners beginning from Luna up until its arrival on the hands of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
More importantly, Prof. Zerrudo presented possible interpretations of the painting, which touch the tragic and controversial life of Juan Luna as well as the status of the Philippines as a colony of Spain during that time.
- Jonathan Susvilla, Hezekiah Kit Canlas