Internal Committees

Communications Committee

This committee serves as the vehicle for communicating projects and learning opportunities, heritage news to the membership and public.  The team develops the Communications Plan for ICOMOS Philippines and maintains the online presence of ICOMOS on various social media platforms in engaging the public and the members of the organization.

Gabriel Victor Caballero, Communications Officer (Overall Communications Strategy)

Gabriel serves as Communications Officer of ICOMOS Philippines and leads the Communication Committee to develop the communications strategy of ICOMOS Philippines. He stays abreast of organization’s priorities, programs, and activities and disseminates information on local and international events, learning opportunities, conferences, field schools, and heritage publications. He also serves as the Communications Officer of the ICOMOS International Emerging Professionals Working Group and develops the ICOMOS International Sustainable Development Goals Working Group webinar series.

Claudia Isabelle Montero, Communications Committee Member (Graphics and Data Analytics)

Claudia Isabelle Montero is currently a PhD student in the Department of History at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her MPhil thesis focused on the role of history and culture towards built heritage protection, where it investigated how the 2009 National Cultural Heritage Act has been interpreted and implemented in Manila, Philippines. Her main academic interests are in history and historiography of colonial urban spaces (in the Philippines), built heritage, and heritage conservation practice. She is additionally interested in the articulation of the national politics of memory and identity. In 2018 she was a Junior Fellow for the Global Humanities Campus at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. An active member of the International Committee for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), she has been involved in several heritage activities in the Philippines.

She is a licensed architect and a conservator of historic buildings with applied experience in research documentation and condition survey assessment. She has worked extensively with nonprofit organizations, private clients and government agencies in the Philippines involving research and consultancy in the study of materials, methods, conservation, and restoration works. Additionally, she worked as a project architect for the National Museum of the Philippines in 2013, which aided in the supervision of the restoration works of several National Cultural Treasures in the Philippines.

Rancho Arcilla, Communications Committee Member (Online Learning and Resource Library)

John “Rancho” Arcilla is an archivist who currently heads the Archives and Central Records as well as serves as the coordinator for research and publications at the Intramuros Administration (IA). As IA’s in-house researcher, his foremost contribution to Manila studies is the establishment of the Registry of Intramuros Cultural and Historical (RICH) Properties. Concurrent to his position at IA, he also serves at the panel of the Intramuros Technical Committee on Architectural Standards, the committee mandated under Presidential Decree No. 1616 to review development and recommend architectural policy in Intramuros. He has a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Santo Tomas and is currently completing his MA in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. 

As one of the Communications Officers of ICOMOS Philippines, Rancho helps in the development of the online resource library as well as in the online learning channels of the organization.