Protecting the Philippines’ Cultural Heritage

Our role as the  Philippine National Committee of ICOMOS  in the Philippines’ nascent heritage field  is to promote applied research, theory, and scientific methodology as we conserve and protect our architectural landmarks, monuments, heritage landscapes, and archaeological sites. We work towards a future that better manages change in  heritage sites, so succeeding generations enjoy authentic experiences of our cultural heritage properties.

ICOMOS is an international NGO that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. Its network of over 10,000 expert members from 132 countries, represented through national committees and international scientific committees contribute to improving preservation of the world’s heritage sites. It is an advisory body to UNESCO on matters of world heritage.

Who are we

Built Heritage Professionals

We are architects, historians, urban planners, interior designers, structural and environmental engineers, landscape architects, heritage-centered community development experts, conservators, educators, historians, lawyers, and economists who want to improve the preservation practice. We believe that heritage work merits strategy from multidisciplinary practitioners if it is to be holistic and if results are to be sustainable. Our work, however diverse, is united by our view that heritage is a tool for positive change.

There is an urgent need to enact appropriate policies, improve education, and raise professional standards in order to evolve the country’s preservation practice. ICOMOS Philippines, through its heritage experts, its association and collaboration with UNESCO, as well asits access to ICOMOS International’s network of over 10,000 heritage practitioners in 110 countries around the world, can help bridge this gap.

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What we do

Conferences, Training Programs, and Workshops

We believe that information is the first step to improving the preservation practice. Through round table discussions, conferences,training programs, and workshops, we ensure the dissemination and exchange of the latest information in the field of preservation in order to elevate standards and keep the practice moving forward.

Technical Assistance

ICOMOS Philippines holds a seat at the National Committee on Monuments and Sites (NCMS), the policy-making body on built heritage matters of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. We provide technical expertise to the NCMS as well as to any organization or entity with built heritage concerns. In addition, our library of heritage conservation materials is open for the public to use.

Mentorship

Research internships are offered during the summer monthsto students and recent graduates from fields of study relevant to heritage conservation. We are currentlymentoring interns who are conductingresearch to (1) establish baseline data in heritage policy and material restoration, (2) refine the process of heritage site nominations, and (3) gather data on the economic benefits of preserving heritage sites in the Philippines.

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News & Events

Internship Testimonial: Ceirene Malolos Communications and Strategy Intern (November 2020 – February 2021)

The shift to a purely online internship did indeed make my ICOMOS Philippines internship experience unique. Regardless of the challenges that this posed, there were regular meetings between mentors and interns. The tasks assigned to me as a communication interns were mainly information dissemination in the different online mediums. Together with the ICOMOS Philippines Communication …

Diverse Pasts, Complex Futures – ICOMOS Day 2021 (April 18, 10:30am GMT+8)

In celebration of ICOMOS Day 2021, themed 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀, 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘅 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀, the Philippine National Committee hosts a talk that explores the creation, selection, and preservation of heritage through the kalesa study and the jeepney.  Urban historian 𝗗𝗿. 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲 discusses the evolution of the carruaje in pre-War Manila. In the last century, it was perceived …

Contact Us

Due to the covid-19 virus, the ICOMOS Philippines Secretariat has closed its offices in Manila for an undetermined period of time, in order to ensure the safety of its staff and comply with instructions issued by the Philippine government. The team continue to be at your service via email at info@icomosphilippines.com , and will endeavour to maintain ICOMOS Philippines activities as best possible.

The ICOMOS Philippines headquarters is found the the heritage district of Escolta in Manila.

Room 300A, First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Manila City, Metro Manila
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday : 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? We’d love to hear from you! You may call +632 718 4704 or send us an email at info@icomosphilippines.com