CULTURE COMMITTEE

Press Release for the Philippine Experts’ Roundtable Meeting

Manila, Philippines – An Experts’ Roundtable Meeting was held at the University of Santo Tomas on 23 April 2015 as part of the preparation of the Philippines for the possible transnational nomination of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route to the World Heritage List jointly with Mexico. Read more...


38th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Doha, Qatar):

The Philippines’ Maiden Year.

Following the election of the Philippines to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, a panel of technical experts was convened to attend to World Heritage Committee matters. This panel was composed of Archt. Michael Manalo, Prof. Eric Zerrudo, Chair and Vice-Chair of PH Natcom’s Culture Committee, respectively; Dr. Domingo Madulid, former Member of PH NatCom’s Science and Technology Committee; and Dr. Ana Labrador, Assistant Director of National Museum of the Philippines. Ambassador Cristina Ortega, immediate past Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Ambassador to France, assisted the panel on diplomacy concerns while PH NatCom staff backstopped the preparatory work. Read more...


Workshop on Moving Forward the Philippines’ World Heritage and

Biosphere Reserve Nominations.

With the momentum set by the inscription of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) as the country’s 6th property on the World Heritage List, PH NatCom undertook a review of the Philippines’ candidate properties/sites for possible inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List, also referred to as the Tentative List. A Tentative List for the Philippines was first submitted in 1993 and a revised/updated list was submitted to the World Heritage Centre in 2005. Since then, none of the 28 properties appearing on the 2005 list has moved in terms of the systematic preparation and submission of nomination dossiers.  Hence, the Philippines has gained the reputation at the World Heritage Centre as having the longest Tentative List for World Heritage designation. Read more...


Continuing Rehabilitation Work on the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras.

Following the removal of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras from the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012, PH NatCom has endeavored to assist the Provincial Government of Ifugao and the Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO) to manage their terraces rehabilitation projects. Funds for these projects were generously provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands; and the World Heritage Centre-Netherlands Funds-in-Trust, for a total of  Php 5.9 million. Read more...


Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: Reactive Monitoring Mission.

In early 2014, the World Heritage Centre received reports on the conduct of illegal land titling, logging and wildlife trade in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) property, as well as complaints of detrimental tourism activities. Concerned that these may negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Puerto Princesa River National Park, the World Heritage Committee sent to conduct a Reactive Monitoring Mission to assess the veracity of the reported complaints or allegations on the Park. In collaboration with the Park Superintendent’s Office, PH NatCom too, submitted a State of Conservation Report for PPSRNP to the World Heritage Committee. Read more...


Batanes Advisory Mission.

A joint advisory mission composed of a representative each from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) arrived in Manila in early December 2014 to advise the Philippines on how best to move forward the nomination of Batanes to the World Heritage List. The mission was made possible through a World Heritage Centre initiative, known as the Upstream Nomination Process. Read more...


Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route.

Recognizing the global significance of the first trans-Pacific maritime trade route, the Philippines and Mexico are working on the possible transnational nomination of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The trade route connected Mexico and the Philippines for some 250 years (from 1565 to 1815) giving rise to a wide range of exchanges between the continents, from material goods, agricultural practices, knowledge and belief systems, to traditions and cultural practices. Read more...