National Museum turns over restored Bohol watchtowers

via Manila Bulletin, 14 December 2017:

Panglao, Bohol – The National Museum turned over on Wednesday the restored Panglao Watch Tower and the St. Augustine Church, two national cultural treasures that were heavily damaged by the 2013 Bohol earthquake.

Source: National Museum turns over restored Bohol watchtowers

El Nido cave proposed as heritage site

via Palawan NEws, 22 Nov 2017:

El Nido authorities want to declare the town’s archaeologically-important Ille Cave in Brgy. New Ibajay as a National Cultural Heritage Site.

Municipal Administrator RJ de la Calzada said they met with the National Museum last week to discuss the process of declaring the cave pursuant to Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

“We’re fast-tracking Ille Cave’s declaration at least by next year,” he told Palawan News on Tuesday, November 22.

Source: El Nido cave proposed as heritage site – Palawan News

National Museum of the Philippines is Hiring

Positions available at the National Museum of the Philippines, including the Archaeology Division:

We have 51 full time positions open for permanent hiring and these are advertised in our website nationalmuseum.gov.ph, the Civil Service website and in JobStreet Philippines. The deadline for submission of applications is on or before September 29. Most positions require civil service eligibility, an inclination for museum work and other proofs of qualifications. Please refer to the advertised posts.

Job vacancies are for the Archaeology Division, Architectural Arts and Built Heritage Division, Botany and National Herbarium Division, Cultural Properties Regulation Division, Ethnology Division, Fine Arts Division, Geology and Paleontology Division, Human Resource Management Division, Museum Services Division, and Zoology Division.

The approval from the government through the Department of Budget and Management for the reorganization of the National Museum took place last year and included 235 new positions – an unprecedented development in the history of the National Museum and the Civil Service of the Philippines. This has meant upgrading the capabilities of the NM with higher entry levels, better qualifications and more management. This progress has meant improved systems in the protection and promotion of our national patrimony.

For more information, please email nationalmuseumrecruitment@gmail.com. For brief queries you may phone (02) 527 6621 Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 noon and 1-5 pm.

Museo del Galeon to relive romance of the high seas

via Philippine Inquirer, 04 September 2017: The soft opening of the new Museo del Galeon in Manila, dedicated to the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.

Former Senate president Edgardo J. Angara had called it an “executive preview” while the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had termed it “a soft-opening,” but there was no doubt the whole affair sought to relive the romance of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade that historians now admit pioneered global inter-ocean trade as we know it now. […]

Source: Museo del Galeon to relive romance of the high seas | Inquirer lifestyle

1,500-yr-old artifacts found in Camarines Sur, Philippines

via Philippine Inquirer, 18 August 2018: Evidence for a pre-Hispanic settlement found in central-eastern Philippines, dating 1,500 years.

Shards of burial jars found in an ancient graveyard in this town are about 1,500 years old, according to a team of archaeologists.

Source: 1,500-yr-old artifacts found in CamSur | Inquirer News

The Life, Death, and Resurgence of Baybayin

via Esquire Philippines, 11 August 2018: A feature on the ancient written script of the Philippines, which went almost extinct after the arrival of the Spanish.

The influence of this ancient language can be seen in how Filipinos write today.

Source: The Life, Death, and Resurgence of Baybayin | Esquire Ph

UP study offers clues to ancient biodiversity, early human movement in Southeast Asia

via UP Press Office, 18 July 2017:

The prehistoric shell tools uncovered in Mindoro by the team of archaeologists, geologists, ecologists, geneticists and social scientists from the University of the Philippines could point to the start of a transition from hunting/gathering to the agricultural or semi-agricultural subsistence strategies of our ancestors.

Since 2012, the team has been working on an ambitious multiyear project funded by the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program to answer questions about ancient biodiversity and early human movement in Island Southeast Asia.

Using Mindoro as the site of study, they hoped to find not only further clues to how early humans arrived in the Philippine islands and how landscape formation, sea levels and landmass affected their movement but also indications of how such movement changed fauna and flora.

Source: UP study offers clues to ancient biodiversity, early human movement in Southeast Asia

Intramuros monuments among Philippines new National Cultural Treasures

via Philippine Inquirer, 17 July 2017: The National Museum of the Philippines has declared a number of properties as National Cultural Treasures. The list includes buildings in Intramuros, Vigan, and museum buildings in Manila.

Intramuros monuments, Vigan bridge, Silang church, Pagsanjan arch declared National Cultural Treasures

Source: Intramuros monuments, Vigan bridge, Silang church, Pagsanjan arch declared National Cultural Treasures | Inquirer lifestyle

Construction around historical Spanish bridges halted

Philippine Inquirer, 17 April 2017

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has stopped the controversial road construction project around Puente de Gibanga and Puente de Princesa in Tayabas, Quezon, pending submission of its plans to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on how best to conserve the Spanish-era bridges.

Both bridges, with nine other Spanish colonial bridges in the city, were collectively declared National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum (NM) in 2011.

Source: DPWH, National Museum reach deal on ancient Tayabas bridges | Inquirer lifestyle