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.

More on our work

News & Events

Rethinking Monuments – ICOMOS members discuss

Last July 18, 2020, ICOMOS Philippine members met up to discuss the situation of monuments and the current discourse of politics that surround these objects. The conversation was led by Ms. Lila Shahani, former Secretary-General of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. Ms. Shahani discussed about the dynamics of politics, national narratives and cultural …

Insights on heritage from the ICOMOS Internship Program – Chanelle Custorio

Back in 2018, when the work of studying the existing spreadsheets of the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property (PRECUP) was given to me and my colleague Carissa Veloso, I got quite excited because the task gave us a chance to have a glimpse of the heritage registry encompassing the whole country. It was a challenge …

Introducing Kenneth Tua, ICOMOS Philippines Intern – July 2020

With more activities online and new collaborations between members and external partners are happening, ICOMOS Philippines is happy to share that we will have a new intern working with us for the next three months: Kenneth J. Tua is a registered & licensed architect and a sustainable territorial development consultant. He is currently taking his …

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