Augusto Villalon awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

French Ambassador Gilles Garachon with Augusto Villalon

ICOMOS Philippines President Augusto Villalon was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, conferred by the Minstry of Culture of France to individuals who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and who have promoted France. Established in 1957 by the French Ministry of Culture and then President Charles de Gaulle, the Order is in recognition of significant contribution to the arts and literature, or the propagation of these fields.

The citation says that Augusto Villalon has worked tirelessly in the practice of architecture and protection of heritage in the Philippines, in France and all over the world through his work as an architect and writer, and also involvement as the NCCA Commissioner representing the Subcommission of Cultural Heritage, as the Commissioner for Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO National Commission Philippines, as the Philippine representative to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, as the President of the ICOMOS Philippine Committee and as Member of its Executive and Advisory Committees in Paris.

Call for Papers: ICOMOS ICTC Vigan Conference on Cultural Tourism & 2012 Annual Meeting

ICOMOS ICTC VIGAN CONFERENCE ON CULTURAL TOURISM

Cultural Tourism for Community Development

Vigan, Philippines November 5-10, 2012

The international seminar/workshop on cultural tourism organized by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism (ICTC) will be held at the City of Vigan, Philippines on November 5-10, 2012. The event is organized by ICOMOS Philippines. Vigan is a historic city and World Heritage site located in the northern part of Luzon, Philippines. The city as venue for the seminar/workshop is most apt as it is an example of a WH site as an emerging tourism destination.

Through this event, expert members of ICTC will establish association with ICOMOS Philippines and representatives from developing countries of Asia and the Pacific to discuss present day issues on tourism and heritage. The topic on the benefits of community participation in conservation and cultural tourism programs as an essential aspect of cultural tourism will become the underlying theme of the seminar/workshop.

It is envisioned that the event will have a training component where students and participants from the Philippines including ICOMOS Philippines members and participants from developing countries, especially in Asia and the Pacific, will draw inspiration from the different case studies and presentations for adaption to Philippine, Asian and the ICTC members countries’ cultural tourism contexts. Thus, it will be an opportunity for Philippine ICOMOS members, students of Philippine universities, participants from these developing countries as well as ICTC members to learn from the exchanges and experiences shared during the presentations.

In this line, we are inviting case studies of actual projects done by ICTC members on the theme while a few case studies of actual situations on tourism in heritage sites are expected to come from Philippine ICOMOS members. The topic of ‘destination management’ as a presently relevant topic and will become one of its important sub-themes.

As actual case studies and projects are to be presented, it is encouraged that topics focus on the issue of community participation in cultural tourism. The following are the sub-themes that maybe considered within the context of community tourism, for the presentations and case studies:

1. Social and Economic Community development through sustainable cultural tourism
a. Sustainable Community-based tourism practices
b. Benefits of community participation in conservation and cultural tourism programs
c. Can join Economics of Tourism topics here

2. Values-based tourism
a. Culture and nature Interpretation for tourism
b. Information and education development for tourism

3. Economics of Tourism
a. Honing cultural industries as tourism by-products
b. Accommodations and home-stays development for economic development
c. Communities and stakeholders involvement in tourism activities
d. Government and/or NGOs initiatives in tourism
e. Ticketing and tour packaging of heritage sites for tourism

4. Challenges and concerns of Tourism in Heritage Sites
a. Tourism in-flux and its effects on heritage sites
b. Over development and build-up outcomes in heritage sites
c. Management of tourism destinations

5. Promotions and Marketing of Heritage for tourism
a. Experiences and good practices in the marketing of heritage sites
b. Challenges in marketing and advertisement of hard to sell heritage sites
c. Enhancing heritage for tourism (facilities development, heritage information enhancement, etc)

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission
Abstract submissions are required for the sessions and individual papers. A one-page abstract that includes a brief outline explaining the content of the presentation is encouraged.

Deadline for abstracts shall be June 30, 2012
Selected papers shall be announced through the seminar/workshop website.

To afford time for printing and incorporation into a seminar/workshop booklet/ brochure, submission of final papers shall be no later than July 31, 2012. This shall include a power point presentation that will cover no more than 20 minutes.

Abstracts should be sent to:
Ma. Joycelyn B. Mananghaya
E-mail: jbmananghaya@yahoo.com

For registration to the conference:
E-mail: info@icomosphilippines.com

For more details, visit the ICTC Meeting Vigan 2012 page.

1st UPCA Heritage Conservation Seminar – Tahanan ng Diwa Workshop, in collaboration with ICOMOS Philippines

1st UP College of Architecture Heritage Conservation Seminar
21-24 May 2012 (Monday-Thursday) | (Quezon City, Philippines)

The University of the Philippines College of Architecture – HTC (History, Theory, and Criticism), in collaboration with ICOMOS Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, would like to invite you to this workshop entitled, “Tahanan ng Diwa”, the 1st UPCA Heritage Conservation Seminar that will be held at the UPCA HTC Studio Laboratory, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, on May 21-24.

The workshop encourages the participants to:

  1. Consider heritage in planning;
  2. Be familiar with the steps in a Conservation Project;
  3. Be aware of and and enforce the Heritage Law;
  4. Know the importance of Architectural Heritage; and
  5. Consider the Architectural Heritage in the Building Permit Process.

We are hoping to see your representative/s attend the workshop and aid us in promoting the Conservation Principles that your chosen participant would surely learn.

Should you have any queries please call our secretariat, Ms. Claire Vitug, at (0927) 6056388 or email us at tahananngdiwa2012@gmail.com.

Better Lighting Through Advanced Technology: Seminar Workshop

Better Lighting Through Advanced Technology: Seminar Workshop
3 March 2012 (Saturday) | 8AM-7PM (Manila City, Philippines)

ICOMOS Philippines and the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) will be holding a lighting seminar and workshop entitled “Better Lighting Through Advanced Technology” on March 3 (Saturday), from 8AM-7PM, at the Casa Blanca, Casa Manila Patio, Intramuros, Manila City.

INVITED SPEAKERS
Marc Cools, CEO of Hitech Lighting World Corporation
Fabrice Cools, Project Manager of Hitech Lighting World Corporation

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
8:00AM – 9:00AM Regsitration
9:00AM – 6:00PM Seminar
6:00PM – 7:00PM Workshop


Registration fee for professionals is PHP 1,000 (PHP 800 if registration fee is paid on or before February 24). For students, registration fee is PHP 500.

Kindly contact Mr. Bari Panopio (0917 860 8670), Ms. Tracey Santiago (0917 545 5615) or Mr. Eric Estonido (0917 585 4882). You may also send us an email at pala_org@yahoo.com.ph.

Please deposit registration payments to BDO – Herrera Branch:
Philippine Association of Landscape Architects
1208000531

NOTE: Attendees are advised to bring laptops with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

17th ICOMOS General Assembly held in Paris, France

The 17th ICOMOS General Assembly was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France from November 27 to December 2, 2011. Representing the Philippine National Committee were Ma. Joycelyn Mananghaya, Ivan Anthony Henares and David Mason.

Mananghaya and Henares also attended the 2011 annual meetings of the Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL) and Cultural Tourism (ICTC) committees respectively. The Philippines will be hosting the 2012 ICTC Annual Meeting in Vigan, Ilocos Sur from November 5 to 10, 2012.

ICOMOS Philippines partners with Gawad Kalinga for Intramuros project

ICOMOS Philippines was among the partners of the Gawad Kalinga Intramuros project last October 1, 2011 that was launched with 2000 student volunteers from all over the Philippines doing work in Intramuros. They cleaned up debris from last week’s typhoon, painted walls, removed growth from the fortifications and built or repaired sidewalks with concrete pavers. This is the first phase of a long-range project to bring Intramuros into the consciousness of the youth so they will respect their heritage.

ICOMOS members will have the opportunity to be involved in future projects.

ICOMOS Philippines joins Philippine Green Building Initiative

ICOMOS Philippines was invited to represent the heritage sector as a trustee of the Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI). In the photo are ICOMOS Philippines President Augusto F. Villalon and member Archt. Dominic Galicia at the induction of PGBI Board Members. They were sworn into office by Hon. Heherson Alvarez, Commissioner for Climate Change

PGBI is a non-profit, voluntary group of professional associations involved with the built-environment who share a common concern with the impacts of global warming and climate change. Its vision is to be the leader in developing a sustainable nation by promoting energy-efficient and environment-friendly design and construction.

ICOMOS Philippines meets at the Sta. Ana Church in Manila

ICOMOS Philippines met last July 9, 2011 at the White Room of the Sta. Ana Church in Manila. Members involved in the Sta. Ana Community Project, namely Kara Garilao (Fundacion Santiago) and Christian Aguilar (Escuela Taller) shared their work with other ICOMOS members.

ICOMOS members at the Sta. Ana Church camarin.

The Sta. Ana community leaders served traditional Sta. Ana pancit (fried noodles) for merienda (afternoon snack). The meeting was attended by a record 53 people.

Maila Subido, Sta. Ana resident and historian, talks about Sta. Ana history.

Augusto F. Villalon receives Diwa ng Lahi Award from City of Manila


Dr. Augusto F. Villalon, President of ICOMOS Philippines, recently received the Diwa ng Lahi Award from the City of Manila, the highest distinction given by the city. They cited his continuing work in rehabilitating some Manila districts and for advocating heritage conservation. In the photos are Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Head of the City of Manila Tourism and Heritage Office, conferring the award on Dr. Villalon.

ICOMOS Philippines joins in the celebration of World Heritage Day 2011

April 18 is the International Day for Monuments and Sites or World Heritage Day. For 2011, the theme is: The Cultural Heritage of Water.


According to ICOMOS, “Water is one of the key resources required to sustain life. It has led to the development and generation of significant material culture in the form of items, technology and places. How to obtain it, how to store it, how to harness its power and conserve it has motivated human endeavour in a myriad of ways. It has also been the catalyst for the development of significant cultural practices which have generated intangible cultural heritage values. It has inspired poetry, literature, artistic endeavour such as painting, dance and sculpture. It has informed and inspired the development of philosophies and religious practice. The cultural heritage of water, therefore relates not only to the technology and architecture that humankind has developed to manage, utilise and celebrate its life giving properties but also to those intangible values that have shaped our beliefs and practices.”

Ivan Anthony Henares, a member of the ICOMOS Philippines National Committee and expert member of the International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC), writes about the cultural heritage of water in the Philippines in International Day for Monuments and Sites 2011 celebrates the cultural heritage of water.