Palawan to host 3rd International Prehistoric Heritage Management in Southeast Asia Confab

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Palawan will be hosting on July 30 the 3rd International Prehistoric Heritage Management in Southeast Asia (Prehsea) Conference.

The conference aims to have participating countries discuss and exchange ideas on the preservation and protection of remaining historic artifacts that museums in different countries are safekeeping.

In the Philippines, the artifacts include those that were found at Tabon Caves, Lipuun Point in the municipality of Quezon in southern Palawan.

In a media release by the Provincial Information Office (PIO), it said that the confab will be attended by representatives from Indonesia, Thailand, French Embassy, European Union (EU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), University of the Philippines and National Museum of the Philippines, who are all experienced in the field of historic artifacts preservation from the first known civilization.

The first world conference of Prehsea was held in Quezon in 2011, and the second in Indonesia last March.

Charina Cabading, officer-in-charge of the province’s Cultural Heritage, said it is important that Palawan becomes a part of the PREHSEA as it is considered the Philippines’ “cradle of civilization,” owing to the Tabon Caves as the place where the Tabon Man was found.

The Tabon Man is the fossilized remains of modern human discovered in the Tabon Caves, Lipuun Point, Quezon on May 28, 1962 by Dr. Robert B. Fox. These remains, the fossilized fragments of a skull and jawbone of three individuals, were believed to be the earliest human remains known in the Philippines. PNA

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