• UST holds its 1st cultural mapping conference

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    The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Graduate School’s Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (USTGS-CCCPET) will hold its first Conference on Cultural Heritage Mapping on November 4 to 5 at the university’s Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium, in España Ave., Manila.

    This milestone event, in line with the center’s tenth anniversary, aims to examine cultural mapping practices and emphasize on how this method essentially helped in community development.

    There will be over 10 speakers that will present their experiences on cultural heritage mapping in their respective areas.

    Mayor Eva Marie Medina of the heritage city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, is the plenary speaker of the conference. She will discuss her city, a success story in the field of heritage conservation in the country. Last year, Vigan bagged the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Best Practices in World Heritage Site Management award, besting 27 cities from 23 countries around the world.

    The Philippine book launch of A Contemporary Guide to Cultural Mapping (An Asean-Australian Perspective) will be held during the conference. Written by Ian Cook and Ken Taylor, and published by AusHeritage Ltd., the book features different theories and models on how to conduct cultural mapping activities as well as case studies in the Southeast Asian region and Australia. It also features an article on Vigan cultural mapping written by CCCPET director Eric Zerrudo.

    Highlighting the conference is the Big Binondo Food Wok conducted by celebrated tourist guide Ivan Man Dy. This is a culinary tour of Chinatown, which includes Plaza Calderon dela Barca, Basilica de Dan Lorenzo Ruiz, Ongpin Street, Carvajal Alley Market, and other traditional shops and restaurants.

    Besides conference kits, participants will receive certificates of attendance and appreciation. In line with this, there will be a minimal registration fee for attendees of the event.

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