Just highlighting this Philippine Archaeology project page from UCLA, run by Dr Stephen Acabado. Also linked on the resources page.
The Archaeology Program at the Department of Anthropology, University of California-Los Angeles, has established a long-term project in the Philippines that involves research, training, and community engagement. Together with UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Dr. Stephen Acabado has successfully run the Ifugao Archaeological Project, and more recently, the Bicol Archaeological Project. In 2019, UCLA will launch the Archaeology of Spanish Colonialism in the Philippines, with the Partido State University, Ifugao State University, Archaeological Studies Program-University of the Philippines, and the Archdiocese of Caceres as collaborators.
The research program aims to contribute to archaeological studies in the Philippines as well as train the next generation of archaeologists, particularly those interested in the archaeology of the Philippines. More importantly, the training component of the research program provides opportunities for heritage students to conduct research in the Philippines. Indeed, more than 20 students of Filipino heritage have participated in the IAP since its inception.
Source: Frontpage – Philippine Archaeology
via Panay News, 05 Sep 2018: Unauthorised renovations made on a century-old church in the Philippines.
Molo Church, Iloilo City. Source: Panay News, 05 Sep 2018
The Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) committee on tourism and cultural affairs has recommended the filing of charges against Monsignor Maurillo Silva, administrator of St. Anne Parish in Molo district for the unauthorized renovation of the Molo Church’s convent.
The charges could be for violation of Republic Act 10066 (National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009) and the National Building Code, among others, according to the committee chaired by Councilor Candice Tupas.
Source: Priest faces raps for Molo convent renovation
via Esquire Philippines, 02 July 2018: Esquire’s interview of Thomas Ingicco, head of the team that discovered the fossil of 700,000-year-old butchered rhino in the Philippines (see here).
Dr. Ingicco is the leader of the archaeological team that unearthed a find in Kalinga that may prove that humans were in the Philippines ten times longer than previously believed.
Source: Archeologist Thomas Ingicco and the 700,000 Year-Old Rhino Mystery
via Rappler, 07 August 2018: The Philippine senate has voted on its third unanimously to pass a law strengthening the National Museum as the ‘keeper of Filipino Heritage’. The bill still has several administrative steps to complete, including approval by the president before it becomes law.
If the bill becomes law, the National Museum will be tasked with acquiring documents as well as preserving, exhibiting, and fostering research of artworks, cultural, and historical artifacts that represent Filipino heritage and the country’s natural history.
The law will also allow the National Museum to retain and use all income derived from all its operations nationwide and overseas. This will grant it more flexibility in generating and spending its income to fund redevelopment.
Source: National Museum will be ‘primary keeper’ of Filipino heritage
Readers in Manila may be interested in this talk by Dr Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz at the Ayala Museum on Saturday.
via Bluprintm, 5 June 2018
Without protective plastering, the coralline limestone facade of the Miagao Church glows a golden sheen dawn after dawn belying signs of worsening decay under its skin
Source: Miagao Church’s naked coralline limestone, a mistake for authenticity – Bluprint
via The Inquirer, 10 June 2018:
Even as only four of its 12 galleries were open to visitors on the opening weekend of the National Museum of Natural History in Manila, it didn’t deter the thousands of visitors who came, curious to check out the impressive structure and the artifacts displayed within.
Source: Visiting the National Museum of Natural History? Here’s what to expect | Inquirer Lifestyle
via ABS-CBN News, 1 June 2018: Last week, the Juan Luna Building in Manila, which is the home of the National Archives of the Philippines, caught fire. Fortunately no historic documents were lost (the documents are kept elsewhere), but the building itself was historic.
Early this week, panic swept through the heritage conservation set, the culturati, historians, and concerned citizens of Facebook as news broke that our National Archives was on fire. That it was the building that was burning, and not all the documentation housed inside it, came almost as an afterthought.
Source: What we lost in the fire: Notes on our archives, and the buildings that house them
via BluPrint, 18 January 2018: A cautionary tale from the Philippines
Sitio Ubos in Bohol stands as a monument of failed conservation planning, a victim of disjointed initiatives by the private and public sectors.
Source: Sitio Ubos: What remains when heritage conservation fails – Bluprint
via Rappler, 06 May 2018:
(UPDATED) The site of the Budiao Ruins is eyed as a new tourist destination in the province of Albay, alongside the Cagsawa Ruins
Source: Budiao Church ruins excavated after more than 200 years