By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
An initial framework for action has been drawn up by foreign and Filipino experts to repair and reconstruct precious heritage churches in Central Visayas, mostly in Bohol, severely damaged during the recent massive earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
By Edgar Allan M. Sembrano
Heritage experts and culture-mappers are coming together to help rehabilitate and rebuild several heritage structures damaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” notably the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, one of the oldest churches in the country.
By Cathy Cañares-Yamsuan
The battle over the construction of a one-story events venue beside the historic Taal Basilica in Batangas took a new twist after sculptor Ramon Orlina hurled a contempt charge against the parish priest for defying a local judge’s order to stop the project.
Traditional Japanese Washoku cooking methods, millenia-old Georgian wine-making techniques and the Mediterranean diet were among 14 new entries added to Unesco ‘s list of “intangible heritage” in need of being preserved.
Country CookingBy Micky Fenix
Attending a traditional cooking competition is very instructive as it affords one the chance to learn about local cooking procedures. This was the case with the third Tabu-an Western Visayas Ilonggo Heritage Cooking Competition in Iloilo City.
By Cathy Yamsuan
With heartbreak of the Jai Alai building’s demolition a decade ago still fresh in their minds, heritage conservationists are hoping that the Philippines would finally take on the global wave of adaptive reuse of old buildings and houses, instead of leaving them to the mercy of the wrecking ball.
Pride of PlaceBy Augusto F. Villalon
On observing earthquake damage to buildings in Bohol, and seeing the devastation from Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” the conclusion is that many of the houses and buildings of recent construction are death traps.
By Maureen Manuel
Twenty-two-year-old student designer Nathalie Versoza is very proud of her Ifugao roots, and her heritage plays a major role in her designs.
By Cathy Yamsuan
Three weeks after the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NCHP) requested Msgr. Fred Madlangbayan to stop the construction of a building beside Taal Basilica, workers are still busy finishing the structure’s washroom.
Pride of PlaceBy Augusto Villalon
Although the destruction of Bohol and Cebu churches is devastating, even more disastrous is the loss of lives and livelihood that takes precedence over the loss of heritage in the massive post-earthquake reconstruction effort.
By Pablo A. Tariman
Some heritage churches in Cebu and Bohol are memorable because of the concerts that took place in them.