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PH spotlights maritime champions, heritage in Manamo 2021

Philippine News AgencySeptember 1, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines, composed of more than 7,000 islands, is one of the world's biggest archipelagic states in the world with a coastline spanning over 36,000 kilometers.

To continue raising public awareness about the resources found in the waters surrounding it, the government kicked off on Sept. 1 the 2021 Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (Manamo 2021).

Along with the call to "cherish and protect" these waters, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the month-long celebration is a reminder about the country's maritime heritage that defined the Filipino culture.

"The celebration of Manamo each September reminds us of our precious maritime heritage and we need the reminder – though we are surrounded by waters, we often forget that it is these waters that have chartered the course of our history defined our culture and stamped our identity as Filipinos," he said.

Locsin said several activities are lined up throughout the month of September, with the DFA hosting a talk with Filipino maritime champions next Wednesday.

The Presidential Proclamation No. 316 signed in 2017 declared the month of September as Manamo, encouraging all government agencies and the private sector to implement programs and activities that seek to raise awareness and consciousness on maritime and archipelagic issues and concerns. This year's Manamo is themed “Our Seas, Our Livelihood, Our Heritage: Connecting Lives and Nations.”

The annual affair is celebrated along with several maritime-related activities such as the International Coastal Clean-up Day, National Maritime Day and Fish Conservation Week. (PNA)

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