GAB EYES PROTECTION OF INTANGIBLE HERITAGE
PAGTIB-ONG 2: The UP Visayas International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage. (Photo courtesy of Gian Genoveza, UPV-IPO)
IN order to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) through various research, documentation and education, the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) hosted the “Pagtib-ong 2: The UP Visayas International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage” held last Oct. 25-26, 2018.
This was done in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Around 50 delegates from the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, USA, Korea, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia gathered for parallel sessions, presentations of the scholarly papers, researches and performances.
UPV chancellor Ricardo Babaran, in an interview, explained ICH as “things that we hear, we sing, written and mentioned always by them, from earlier history, transferred from generation to generation.”
He said that ICH should be incorporated in formal education in order for it to be preserved.
“ICH will be forgotten unless it becomes incorporated in the curriculum in the formal education, from the basic education to the tertiary level,” he said.
He stated that the UPV connects with high schools and tertiary institutions to disseminate traditions and culture of Panay people.
Babaran motivated other academic institutions’ heads to also participate in the protection of intangible cultural heritage.
Meanwhile, Atty. Anna Katarina B. Rodriguez, representative of National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairman Dr. Virgilio S. Almario, said that the NCCA readies for an initiative-focused forum create a registry of ICH funded researches and identify areas of neglect and areas of over-researched.
Meanwhile, Ms. Lila Ramos-Shahani, secretary general of the Philippine National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said the organization encourages Filipinos to tap resources and to protect remaining cultural assets.
She left the attendees, especially the Ilonggos, with a challenge to identify the intangible heritage that should be brought to the attention of the international community.
“We must think of us working together to preserve vital communities that make up this beautiful and breathtaking country,” she said, noting that in some cases, there is an absence of political will in on the part of cultural communities.