National Museum declares Manila’s post office building ‘important cultural property’

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via Manila Bulletin, 24 November 2018: The National Museum declares the Manila Post Office building, built in 1926, as an ‘important cultural property’.

Manila Post Office. Source: Manila Bulletin, 20181124

Manila Post Office. Source: Manila Bulletin, 20181124

The National Museum has declared the Post Office Building in Manila as an “important cultural property” (ICP) during the 251st founding anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service on Saturday, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) said on Saturday.

Establishments declared as ICPs are “cultural assets that possess exceptional cultural, artistic and/or historical significance,” to the Philippines, PHLPost said in a statement.

The postal system in the Philippines started in 1767 in the first Manila Post Office in Escolta.

Source: National Museum declares Manila’s post office building ‘important cultural property’ » Manila Bulletin News

China-funded bridge risks Unesco World Heritage status of San Agustin church, 3 others

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via Inquirer, 2018119

via Philippine Inquirer, 19 November 2018:

via Inquirer, 2018119

via Inquirer, 2018119

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has warned that San Agustin Church and three other Baroque churches around the Philippines may be delisted from the prestigious World Heritage List as a result of the construction of the controversial Binondo-Intramuros Bridge across the Pasig River in Manila.

The bridge would encroach on the “buffer zone” required by the Unesco for San Augustin Church as a World Heritage Site, according to Unesco National Commission (Unacom).

Source: China-funded bridge risks Unesco World Heritage status of San Agustin church, 3 others | Inquirer Lifestyle

What we lost in the fire: Notes on our archives, and the buildings that house them

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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

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Proceedings from the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage online

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The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage was held earlier this month in Manila, and the proceedings are now online hosted by the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. You’ll find a number of papers related to underwater and maritime archaeology including one bit of research I was involved in on the rock art of Tham Phrayanaga or Viking Cave in Southern Thailand.

Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (Manila, Nov 2011)

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Manila and the National Museum of the Philippines is hosting the inaugural Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. The deadline for the first call for papers has just passed, but there is a second call whose deadline is on March.

The Asian Academy for Heritage Management warmly invites you to Manila, The Philippines from November 8 – 12 2011 for our inaugural Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage.

This conference aims to:

* exchange and disseminate information about underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans
* facilitate professional development for underwater archaeologists and underwater cultural heritage managers in the Asia-Pacific region
* provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas about and approaches to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology
* publish the proceedings both online and in print and disseminate to a wide audience

We hope that a wide range of people involved with underwater cultural heritage will attend including those from universities, government agencies, museums, NGOs, IGOs, the private sector and the community.

Full details on the official conference website.

Historic sites in Manila placed on risk list

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Manila’s historic sites dating to the Spanish period have been labelled as most vulnerable by the Global Heritage Fund, owing to the government’s inaction over development and over-commercialisation.

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photo credit: Kristoffer M.C.

Intramuros, Fort Santiago among ‘most vulnerable’ historic sites—intl group
GMA News, 29 October 2010
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