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

Ideas for Continuing a Heritage Practice amidst Covid 19

ICOMOS Philippines members came together online last April 25 to discuss the topic entitled, “Heritage Practice Amidst Covid 19”. This discussion is seen as the first step in exploring collective strategies to adapt to new challenges amidst the global pandemic for Filipino heritage practitioners. Members living in different parts of the Philippines, United States, Singapore, Hong …

Heritage Practice Amidst Covid-19: ICOMOS Philippines Discussion

As part of the International Day of Monuments and Sites 2020 theme of “Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility, and Shared Culture”, ICOMOS Philippines is organising a zoom discussion entitled, “Heritage Practice Amidst Covid 19”. The goal of the discussion is to check in with its members and understand how Covid-19 has affected their practice. It will explore collective strategies for heritage professionals in the Philippines to adapt to new challenges amidst the global pandemic.

Recovery and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage: The Notre-Dame Cathedral and Some Other Cases – A Talk by Toshiyuki Kono, ICOMOS President

Date and Time: 11 September 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PMVenue: AVR 1, 2nd Floor, Mapua University Makati Campus Bldg.Address: 333 Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City Learn more about the recovery and reconstruction processes at play at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and other similar cases. Join us for an evening with Toshiyuki Kono, ICOMOS …

Contact Us


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

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