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

The Board Welcomes Victor ‘Bobing’ Venida as the New Vice President of ICOMOS Philippines

Dr. Victor S. Venida is a retired Professor of Economics and lecturer of the Development Studies Program and the European Studies Programme of Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his M.Sc. in Economics at London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in Economics at New York University. His research interests are in development economics, urban …

𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜𝗥 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗦: 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗚𝗘 & 𝗦𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗟𝗢𝗣𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗚𝗢𝗔𝗟𝗦 (𝗦𝗗𝗚𝘀)

The Youth for Pangasinan Heritage (Y4PH), in partnership with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines’ Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (SDGsWG), presents: 𝗧𝗮𝘄𝗶𝗿 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸𝘀: 𝗔 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿 𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗚𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 (𝗦𝗗𝗚𝘀) This webinar will serve as a platform for a discussion on heritage and sustainable development. Particularly, this online …

Internship Testimonial – Marga De Lemos (Comms and Strategy Track)

I was an ICOMOS Philippines Communications and Strategy intern from March 2021 to June 2021. As a Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student, most of my works were related to policymaking. Working with ICOMOS Philippines as a Communications track intern has helped solidify my passion and advocacy for all things heritage, culture, and history. My two …

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