By DEMAS TIEN
PRESERVATION of culture is fundamental because it describes our identity, a United States diplomat says.
He said modernisation did not mean that people should abandon their culture.
Deputy US ambassador to PNG Joel Maybury said this during the La Salle’s cultural show at Bomana outside Port Moresby at the weekend.
“Culture is part of who we are. If we want to fight for something, let us fight to preserve our cultures,” he said. Five La Salle schools in the National Capital District hosted the cultural show, which attracted hundreds of city residents.
The schools were Jubilee Catholic Secondary, Hohola Youth Development, La Salle Hohola Youth Development Centre, Sacred Heart Teachers’ College and De La Salle Bomana.
The students represented their cultures in traditional dances which entertained the visitors.
“I am excited to be here and I really enjoyed the show,” Maybury said.
Brother Shashi Abrar, secretary of the organising committee of the show, thanked Rimbunan Hijau (PNG) Group, Theodist Ltd and International Training Institute for co-sponsoring the event.
Abrar also thanked parents for their support and assistance with traditional costumes for the students.
De La Salle Bomana Secondary School principal James Ume said the show was a lead-up to a major event in August where the schools would celebrate 70 years of the De La Salle brothers in PNG.
By DEMAS TIEN