Cultural Heritage Education in the Philippines

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Mylene Lising. Source: CNN Life 20160715

A profile of Philippine archaeologist Mylene Lising and her work in cultural heritage education.

Mylene Lising. Source: CNN Life 20160715

Mylene Lising. Source: CNN Life 20160715

A Filipino archaeologist’s mission to make prehistory relevant today
CNN Life, 15 July 2016

Growing up in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, she lived 40 minutes east of modern-day Kalinga, where stegodon fossils were found, and 40 minutes west of Callao Cave in Peñablanca, where the oldest human fossil in the Philippines was excavated. “That kind of stuck to the back of my mind,” she says about her childhood.

But it was only when her fine arts professor asked her to do a research paper on prehistoric art in the Philippines that she first did any in-depth learning on archaeology. From then on, she never looked back.

While studying to get where she is today, Lising found herself asking questions that could change the course of her career: “Why am I going into this field? Is it only for my amusement? Parang, that’s so vague.” She said that her work in archaeology had to serve a bigger purpose. It had to add value to people’s lives. That’s how she decided to focus on cultural heritage management.

Full story here.

Philippines strengthens protection of historical and cultural heritage through legislation

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New legislation signed by the Philippine president gives new powers to the National Historical Council of the Philippines to oversee all matters relating to Philippine history.

New law strengthens agency’s efforts to preserve historical, cultural heritage
Business World, 30 May 2010
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Vietnamese ministry proposes new laws on heritage management

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After recent reports of improper restoration works (see here and here) at some of Vietnam’s oldest sites, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposes a new set of laws to ensure that contractors carrying out restoration work follow a strict set of guidelines aimed at preserving the ancient structures.

Rules for restoration of relics a must
Vietnam Net Bridge, 20 May 2009
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Wednesday Rojak #32

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I know I’ve missed two weeks of rojak, and that’s because I’ve been struggling with access to the internet in my new home in Penang! But without much further ado, here’s this week’s salad of archaeological stuff culled from the web:

Angkor Thom
photo credit: 太鼓

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