Month: October 2013

We are ready for the cold US trip

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We are ready for the cold US trip

From left: mimi, rico, robert, marelie and arvin


Team Philippines

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Team Philippines is composed of heritage advocates from the Sibaltan Heritage Council, El Nido, Palawan and the Palawan State University, Philippines. Our team members are:Image


Arvin is the tourism director for El Nido. Both personally and professionally, he is leading cultural tourism development projects in Sibaltan. He will convene the video conference calls and lead the tourism management workshops.  


Carmelita is the “barangay captain” of Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan, which is the equivalent of the mayor. As such, she is responsible for all community betterment projects, including the “Balay Cuyonon” and the other cultural heritage projects in Sibaltan. She’s also Arvin’s mother, and, generally speaking, the community’s matriarch figure.  


Enrico is the president of the Sibaltan Heritage Council and a local community college instructor. He will ensure that the heritage council is involved in the logistics of setting up the heritage workshops and also attending them and journaling about the experience.  As president, he will head up the council’s work creating the exhibits.


Mimi is a longtime employee of the Palawan Island Paleohistoric Research Project and the local champion for the archaeology project in New Ibajay, Palawan. She is the unofficial/official Cuyonon tribal chief. She will provide a personal historical perspective on the Cuyonon settlement on Palawan Island. 


Robert is the secretary of the Sibaltan Heritage Council and a Filipino teacher at Sibaltan High School. He will be in charge of developing the exchange boxes that are sent to Suquamish.


Marelie is a college student at Palawan Sate University. She will serve as a project assistant for the Non-US Project Coordinator. Including her on the team helps us to fulfill our goal of exposing young students to the concepts of heritage management. She will assist with our social media and promotion on the PSU campus.  


Amid Three Empires: the Philippines Under Spain, the United States, and Japan (1565-1946), Vicente Rafael

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This looks like an interesting talk for people who want to learn more about the history of the Philippines.

Saturday University—Empires that Changed Asia 
Amid Three Empires: the Philippines Under Spain, the United States, and Japan (1565-1946), Vicente Rafael 
October 26, 2013
9:30–11 am
Stimson Auditorium, Seattle Asian Art Museum

Vicente Rafael, Professor of History, University of Washington, examines the emergence of the Philippine nation-state. How did its multi-lingual population and mixed race elites resist and accommodate the forces of imperial powers? The Philippines remains both central and peripheral to the globalized histories of Europe, North America and Northeast Asia.


Ille cave and rockshelter archaeological site, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

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habitation and burial sites
habitation and burial sites

The 9000 years old cremation burial is just one of the significant finds on this site. Our archaeological research also showed evidence that ancient human inhabited the cave as early as 12000 years ago.

The Ille cave and rockshelter site will be one of the venues  for our project’s  archaeological workshop.

Sustainable Tourism Resource Page

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Here is a great set of links covering Sustainable-Tourism Assistance with a focus on Culture and Heritage, thanks to National Geographic. 

Alliance for Tribal Tourism Advocates

A U.S. association of individuals and organizations concerned about responsible tourism development in Indian communities. Created by tribal governments in the South Dakota area. Links to websites of U.S. tribes and various indigenous organizations.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

This nongovernmental organization for conservation of historic monuments and sites collects and disseminates information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies. Follow the link of a specific national committee for technical assistance services and ICOMOS publications available in your country. The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism presents general information and principles.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

This U.S.-based nonprofit offers various services. Hotels occupying buildings more than 50 years old can apply for membership in the marketing program Historic Hotels of America, which publishes a directory and provides a central reservation service. The members-only forum offers a jobs board, a calendar of conferences, announcements about grants, awards, and other opportunities, and a database of preservation success stories. For information on other Trust programs—Main Street, Heritage Tourism, and Rural Heritage—refer to the Communities page.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Library, University of Maryland

The university lists preservation sites worldwide (under “Quick Links”) organized geographically and alphabetically. Catalogs and databases offer articles, journals, books, architectural records, theaters, and performance halls.

Partners in Tourism: Culture and Commerce

Background information on this coalition of national associations, federal agencies and nonprofit cultural service organizations building a common agenda for cultural tourism.

Slow Food

This Italian publisher is the founder of the international “Slow Food” movement to combat fast-food globalization by promoting traditional cuisines and ways of life. The site’s “Slow Food Editore” section specializes in tourism, food, and wine. (English, Italian, and French.)

World Monuments Fund (WMF)

This private nonprofit organization preserves culturally and historically significant works of art and architecture worldwide. The site gives information on grant programs with potential for cultural-heritage tourism.