UST, US Embassy to hold conservation training on PHL heritage properties

THE University of Santo Tomas Graduate School’s Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (USTGS-CCCPET) and the Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development (CCPED) and the United States Embassy are jointly holding a four-day Conservation Management Plan (CMP) Training Course in Iloilo City on April 17-20, 2018.

The event which will be held at the Westown Hotel in Mandurriao district aims to equip cultural workers and heritage professionals in the proper approaches in the CMP, the main guiding document in the conservation and management of a heritage property.

Resource persons include USTGS-CCCPET Director and former Unesco Philippine Commissioner Eric Zerrudo, UST archivist and church historian Regalado Trota Jose, conservation architect Michael Manalo, wood conservation specialist Dr. Cheek Fadriquela, structural engineer Dr. Lessandro Garciano, conservator Tina Paterno, Fr. Roberto Sanchez of the Diocese of Virac, and Engr. Kirk Kennedy Yu of Arcadis Manila.

The training course was developed particularly for the stakeholders of places of high historic and cultural importance which are potential CMP project areas.

This activity on the development of a CMP is a very specialized work and capacity building for cultural workers in the country, particularly that heritage sites face continuous threats from natural and man-made disasters.

These cultural workers and technical specialists are needed in the protection, preservation, and conservation of the country’s built patrimony and be tapped in the future in crafting a CMP of a particular heritage property.

The project was done under the auspices of the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) which aids in the preservation of cultural sites, objects, and forms in over a hundred developing countries worldwide.

The AFCP projects “include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.”

For information, contact Beverly Bautista at +639175955100 or email

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