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Bishop launches cultural festival
Five-day event to help promote eco-friendly tourism, preserve islanders' identityAttendees of the culture festival look at locally produced goods in Maumere
- Jacob Herin, Maumere
- February 20, 2012
Divine Word Bishop Gerulfus Kherubim Pareira of Maumere said the Maumere in Love festival, which ends tomorrow, involves all the islandâ€™s eight districts and includes several events such as a parade and exhibitions featuring local handicrafts and culinary dishes.
â€śThrough this event, the Catholic Church asks all parties to preserve culture, but also the environment and to attract visitors by protecting the image of Flores as a tourist destination,â€ť he told a gathering at St Josephâ€™s Cathedral Church in Maumere.
He said the islandâ€™s culture and natural beauty is a draw for tourists, but if handled badly, could have a negative impact on nature and the local economy.
He said the Catholic Church has a responsibility to maintain moral order and warned against allowing local development to get out of hand since it could lead to environmental destruction, thereby badly affecting tourism and local livelihoods.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Maria Elka Pangestu praised the prelateâ€™s initiative while attending the festival on Saturday.
â€śHis message is a good one. Everyone must encourage development but in a moral, sustainable eco-friendly,â€ť she said.