Delegates from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gathered to meet with the faculty and staff of Partido State University (ParSU) for Bicol Archeological Project (BAP) Inception Meeting held at ParSU Audio-Visual Room (AVR) on June 30, 2019.

President Raul G. Bradecina gave a meaningful message wherein he stressed out the benefits of doing research on history. “I recently learned from the National Economic Development Authority that what is lacking from our development direction is the aspect of culture… history and culture comprise the most important aspects of economic development,” uttered Pres. Bradecina.

Furthermore, he said that Partido area is geographically and economically isolated; it is located in the remotest part of Camarines Sur and is isolated from the economic hubs of the area. This is the reason ParSU is investing in researchers to further study economic development by understanding the culture of Partido.

BAP Project Leader and UCLA Associate Professor, Dr. Stephen Acabado also gave a short message explaining the rationale and the trajectory of the project. Dr. Acabado gave time for two of his students at UCLA to present their thesis and dissertation related to Bicol studies.

College of Education faculty members, Ms. Michelle Yoro and Ms. Josenia Penino who joined the archaeological excavation in Bombon, Camarines Sur from June 21-28,  together with Mr. Earl John Hernandez of College of Arts and Sciences and ParSU Board Secretary Ms. Leih Anne Odoño, shared their experiences during the archeological excavation.

Prior to this event, ParSU have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Anthropology of UCLA represented by Dr. Stephen B. Acabado. Other collaborators of the project are UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Archdiocese of Caceres. It aims to investigate the indigenous responses to colonialism while looking at the concepts of subsistence shifts, continuity, and change of indigenous practices from the archaeological records.

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