USTGS CCCPET launches webinar series on safeguarding on Intangible Cultural Heritage

The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School (UST GS) Center for the Conservation of Culture and Preservation of Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET) together with the members of ichphil@net recently organized a webinar series on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Philippines.

The series aims to create public awareness, appreciation, and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage with the objectives to introduce the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Convention, promote different approaches of safeguarding the ICH in the country, and emphasize the vital role of ICH as a life source and force for people to survive. 

The webinar series launched its first two episodes on October 1, 2020, for “ICH and Tourism” featuring the “Cultural Vibrancy of Capiz Province” with Capiz Provincial Tourism and Cultural Officer Mr. Alphonsus Tesoro as resource person. Meanwhile, Echague, Isabela Municipal Tourism Officer Mr. Louie Simbe discussed the “Revitalization of Yogad Culture of Isabela.”

In the second installment of the series, UST CCPET Director Dr. Eric B. Zerrudo, presented the different intangible cultural heritage practices which emerged during the lockdown period from three different indigenous groups in the Philippines which were the teer/tengao ritual of Bontok of Mountain Province; anud, paanud of Itawis and Ibanag of Cagayan Valley; and the panubadtupad of the Ata indigenous group of Davao.

This was followed by the presentation by Bro. Mervin Lomague, O.P. on the “Dungaw of La Naval de Manila.”

This webinar series which will run for a year is live-streamed at the USTGS-CCCPET official Facebook twice a month, every other Thursday at 2:00 PM.

It features different case studies and research studies on intangible cultural heritage conducted by the members of ichphil@net, a consortium of preselected communities, groups, and individuals (CGIs) who are transmitters and translators in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage in the Philippines.

Purely an on-line platform, the transmitters from all parts of the archipelago bring with them an extensive network of knowledge, skills, experiences, and connectivities.

Transmitters include local government units, universities, study centers, organizations, coalitions, and advocates.

The consortium and the goal to continue to safeguard the country’s intangible cultural heritage, one of the advocacies of the CCPET and the consortium, was born during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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