U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Launches Training Course on Cultural Heritage Conservation

Iloilo City, April 16, 2018 — For the first time, the United States Embassy in the Philippines is funding a cultural heritage conservation training program.  The Php1.245 million course will focus on best practices in protecting and preserving irreplaceable cultural sites and objects. The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School – Center for Conservation of …

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Restoration of the Early 18th-Century La Inmaculada Concepcion Church in Guiuan, Province of Eastern Samar

Program Year: 2014 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: National Museum of the Philippines          Amount: US$300,000 Status: Ongoing Project Summary: The Project aims to conduct a partial restoration the church, which was severely damaged during Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Known for its …

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Construction of a Full-Scale Replica of the Traditional Cuyonon House in Sibaltan, El Nido, Province of Palawan

Program Theme: Cultural Objects and Collections Program Year: 2012 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: Local Government Sibaltan, Province of Palawan            Amount: US$2,000 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project supported the construction of a full-scale replica of the Balay Cuyonon, the traditional dwelling of the Cuyonons, an elite ethnic group who …

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Conservation / Restoration of the Panglao Watchtower in Panglao Island, Province of Bohol

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2012 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: National Museum of the Philippines          Amount: US$15,000 Status: Completed Project Summary: This Project supported the first phase of conservation work for the Panglao Watchtower, which covered the restoration of the exteriors. The watchtower is a unique …

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Preservation and Promotion of the Hanunuo Mangyan Syllabic Script and Poetry in the Province of Oriental Mindoro

Program Theme: Forms of Traditional Cultural Expressions (Languages) Program Year: 2012 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: Mangyan Heritage Center, Inc.                    Amount: US$4,528 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to promote the Pre-Spanish syllabic writing system and poetry of the Hanunuo Mangyans. Specifically, the Project involved: a) teaching the script …

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Documentation of Philippine Textile Art Traditions

Program Theme: Forms of Traditional Cultural Expressions (Crafts) Program Year: 2012 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: National Commission for Culture and Arts           Amount: US$9,849 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to give a general overview of the Philippine textile art tradition and the textile weaving communities in the country. …

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Preservation and Site Development of the Kabayan Mummy Caves in Kabayan, Province of Benguet

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2011 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: National Museum of the Philippines          Amount: US$20,350 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to preserve 3 mummy burial caves located at Sitio Timbac, Municipality of Kabayan, Benguet and the eventual development of the area as …

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Conservation of the 19th-Century San Sebastian Basilica in Manila

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2011 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: San Sebastian Basilica Conservation & Development Foundation, Inc.             Amount: US$96,789 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project involved the documentation and diagnosis of deteriorative conditions of the only all-steel building …

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Conservation of the ‘Retablo’ of the San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi, Province of Siquijor

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2011 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: National Museum of the Philippines          Amount: US$15,200 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to preserve and restore the deteriorated wooden “retablo” and replace missing ornamentation. Specific scope of work included: a) photographic documentation and assessment …

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Documentation of the Tabon Cave Complex in Lipuun Point, Province of Palawan

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2010 Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila Partner: National Commission for Culture and Arts           Amount: US$19,500 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to do a full documentation of the Tabon Cave Complex. The complex is composed of some 200 caves and rock …

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Documentation of the Oral Traditions of Ifugao (“Hudhud” and “Alim”) in the Province of Ifugao

Program Theme: Forms of Traditional Cultural Expressions (Traditional Knowledge) Program Year: 2008 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: National Commission for Culture and Arts           Amount: US$19,000 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to document the “Hudhud’ and “Alim” epics of the Ifugao …

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Preserving the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras: A Training Workshop in Vernacular Architecture

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2007 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: ICOMOS National Committee-Philippines            Amount: US$36,250 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project brought together selected members of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), members of ICOMOS Philippines, local …

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Restoration of Four Murals by Philippine National Artist Carlos Francisco at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila

Program Theme: Cultural Objects and Collections Program Year: 2006 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: National Museum of the Philippines          Amount: US$38,631 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project involved the restoration of four murals paintings by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco  that are displayed …

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Rescue Archaeology of the Balobok Rock Shelter and Sanga-Sanga Excavation in the Province of Tawi-Tawi

Program Year: 2006 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: National Museum of the Philippines          Amount: US$27,561 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project aimed to help protect and preserve the prehistoric site in Balobok Rock Shelter and its environmental resources, as well as to develop …

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Restoration and Conservation of the Church Pillars and Baptistery of the San Vicente Ferrer Parish Church in Dupax del Sur, Province of Nueva Vizcaya

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2004 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: National Commission for Culture and Arts      Amount: US$24,000 Status: Completed Project Summary: The main objective of this Project was to prevent further deterioration of the relief structure of the …

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Restoration of the Legarda Elementary School in Manila

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites Program Year: 2003 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: National Historical Institute Amount: US$30,000 Status: Completed Project Summary: The project involved the partial rehabilitation and restoration the Legarda Elementary School, which is the oldest surviving school building in …

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Digitization of Photographs of the American Historical Collection

Program Theme: Cultural Objects and Collections Program Year: 2001 Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program) Partner: Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University Amount: US$10,000 Status: Completed Project Summary: The Project involved the preservation – through digitization, of some 16,000 rare photographs from the …

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