The Makiling Agenda on Heritage Education and Youth Initiatives 2020 shall be known as the “Makiling Agenda 2020”

The Makiling Agenda was passed on November 14, 2015 by the delegates and partners of the First National Youth Forum on Heritage. This Forum was called after four years of planning, and its vision is to have Filipino youth who are aware of and are inspired by the inseparability of identity and heritage.

Diverse advocacies, professions, expertise, and regions of the Philippines were represented. These 76 delegates and 27 observers share a common goal in preserving, promoting and protecting heritage.

They convened to address the problems faced by heritage education and youth initiatives. A collective consciousness on issues and resolutions was arrived at through this forum. The Makiling Agenda on Heritage Education and Youth Initiatives 2020 shall be known as the “Makiling Agenda 2020”.


A collective consciousness is important. It builds a network of passion, volunteerism and cooperation. It creates a brand and sets a platform wherein young heritage conservationists can interact, educate, empower, and reach out to various youth groups or organizations, sectors of society, local communities, and government / non-government institutions, all for the greater goal of nation-building through heritage awareness and education. This agenda complements our existing efforts, and serves as a platform and network that brings these initiatives into synergy.


Recognizing the need for Filipino youth to be aware of and to value their identity through the appreciation of the nation’s heritage;

Fostering active youth engagement in increasing community awareness on heritage, regardless of background and field;

Acknowledging that heritage pertains to one’s broad patrimony and inheritance from the past which is represented by diverse disciplines, fields of study and advocacies such as education and research, environment and disaster risk reduction, community-based sustainable tourism, built heritage, documentation and digitization, Indigenous Peoples, Philippine languages and literature, visual and performing arts, and media and communications.


We recognize the existence of cultural and environmental irresponsiveness among Filipinos due to the gap between the national policies and local educational needs of culturally-diverse teachers and learners.

Although we are aware that the Philippines is a disaster-prone country, and that there are traditional knowledge on disaster resiliency, we are still challenged in utilizing this knowledge and in giving value to our environment which puts our heritage at risk.

The heritage of Indigenous Cultural Communities has been neglected because of rapid urbanization, peace and safety issues, and dis-incentivized indigenous youth, because of these social realities, Indigenous Peoples are deprived of their socio-cultural rights.

We recognize the need to address the following issues: peace and safety among cultural communities, impacts of mainstream media, lack of sense of place and political will, and neglect of indigenous rights to optimize community-based sustainable tourism potentials.

We recognize the continuing challenges on built heritage, such as the lack of widespread community conservation initiatives, miscommunication among stakeholders, and ineffective enforcement of the Heritage Law despite of current efforts of concerned agencies and communities.

We recognize the urgent need for proper documentation and research on Philippine languages and local literatures in different parts of the Philippines, and increased accessibility of these materials for educational and archival purposes. We also acknowledge biases on gender, creed, ethnicity, culture and community issues in current local literary works.

We recognize the significance of digitization as one of the tools in heritage preservation and conservation. We also observe challenges in proper handling, intellectual property rights and accuracy of outputs.

We recognize that there is a great lack of awareness for our cultural heritage in the visual and performing arts. This has led to the decline of appreciation and protection of heritage values and traditions, as well as to the loss of cultural identity in the artistic works.

We recognize that there are irresponsible unconsolidated efforts in creating content and disseminating information that could result in misinformation and misrepresentation of heritage issues.


We commit to strengthen the holistic integration of diverse cultural and environmental heritage in formal and non-formal learning environments towards institutionalization.

We envision an environmental and disaster risk-reduction education and stewardship rooted in values and heritage appreciation through active cooperation among the youth, localities, different sectors of the community, and other stakeholders.

We envision empowered Indigenous Cultural Communities through the reinforcement of existing state laws. These laws must be effectively translated into indigenous languages, and their full significance must be effectively communicated. We also aim to inspire ethnic-based social initiatives through community needs assessment and focus group discussions on vital processes of empowerment that would lead to community development and capacity building.

To address community-based sustainable tourism issues we consider the 3Ps: PEOPLE, by promoting social inclusive growth, respect for universal human rights particularly those of cultural communities and community preparedness on the impacts of globalization and modernization; PLANET, by upholding an environmentally sound, disaster-resilient and climate change adaptive communities; and PROFIT, by strengthening equity, towards adaptation and implementation of a comprehensive, sustainable tourism development plan.

We encourage the development of accessible comprehensive action plans which include community-based and multidisciplinary built heritage education programs and campaigns that promote and sustain heritage awareness and appreciation.

We envision a network that initiates, encourages, and ensures responsible research and documentation in Filipino languages and local literatures; that links researchers to agencies for research funding and grant opportunities.

We envision digitization as a widely used heritage preservation tool by sharing its values and significance. We promote specialized training and education in the preparation, administration, and post-processing of digitization, to develop competent heritage conservation staff and practitioners.

We envision a Filipino youth who has a strong foundation on the traditional art forms that enables adaptation amidst change. This can be achieved by creating innovative revival of traditional art forms and intensifying its integration in the curriculum.

We envision a collaborative and inclusive platform that will link various cultural efforts and serve as a source of accurate, well-researched and culturally-responsible content that is both relevant and engaging.

The Makiling Agenda 2020 was conceived with the participation of the delegates and organizing committee of the 1st National Youth Forum on Heritage. This forum is  a commitment of the TOSP Foundation, TOSP Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes, and Project Saysay, co-presented by National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Philippine High School for the Arts, in collaboration with Red Root Artists’ Cooperative, Cityneon Philippines, CreativeVoices Production, and, with the support of National Historical Commission, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Museum, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, UNESCO National Commission, Government Service and Insurance System, and Liongoren Gallery, and sponsored by PHINMA National Scholarship Program, RFM Corporation, Malolos City Government, PLDT, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, and Qube Asia.


Acobera Mary Joy Lumbria, Region V
Aguilar Jerrey David, Region VII
Albino, Ben John Lincod, Art Gallery Sector
Algodon Meryl Regine Llenaresas, Art Conservation Sector
Aliposa Jericho Sandino Ruedas, Film and Animation Sector
Altez, Jesse Angelo Lopez, Region XII
Antonio, Hyacinth Ann Daming, Region X
Ararao, Johhan Joseph Ciabu, NCR
Arban, Ivy Baylon, Military Sector
Argonza, Gladys Mae Zabala, Region II
Badulid, Aivee Cabling, Region VIII
Banal, Korinne Cruz, Multimedia Sector
Barretto, Albert Vincent Fontanares, Region IV-A
Besmonte, Pia Marie Delim, Women and Children Sector
Burbano, Mikaela Daguna, NCR
Cabaccan, Mark Ryann Sio, Region II
Cabal, Jeffrey Cayabyab, Region III
Camua, Ma. Carmina Santiago, Creative Design Sector
Castillo, Katreen Andrea Hipolito, Agriculture Sector
Catapang, Axel Cuento, Region IV-A
Ceballos, Jayson Galan, Region VII
Cimatu Catherin Manalo, CAR
Dalisan, Janelyn Roferos, Region XII
Decano, Graziella May Sibal, Region IV-B
Decripito, Margaux Vanessa Tangile, Public Performance Sector
Dela Rosa, John Albert Rutano, Region III
Doliente, Roslyn Manisan, Region XIII
Dy, Gloryrose Alcoran, Region XI
Eligue, John Ceffrey Ligeralde, Sustainable Development Sector
Emilio, Edward Dominic Estoy, Region VI
Federico, Roger Sangao-Wa, CAR
Fernandez, Pia Mari Jardeleza, Health Sector
Gallanosa, Phoebe Balmas, Archival Digitization Sector
Gasgonia, Francis Josef Cruz, Sports Heritage Sector
Gate, Heather Janet Leon, Tourism Sector
Genon, Lynrose Jane Dumandan, Region X
Geradila, Josef Alec Dizon, CAR
Geronimo, Ralph Anthony Lacson, Region XII
Granatin, Sharmane Herrera, Region V
Guialel, Sheryan Pendaliday, ARMM
Guro, Nor-Anisha Schaharazhed Capal, ARMM
Hombre, Joey Robles, Region V
Jore, Jay Nathan Tipontipon, Region VII
Labendia, Michael Alvin Cabarles, Region VIII
Lacson, Jerick Honao, NIR
Laurista, Normon Albay, Region VI
Lugue, Mark Louie Lumba, Museum Curatorship Sector
Manejar, Arvie Joy Amajo, Region VI
Mañez, Charles Boris Manuel, NCR
Masil, Bernadette Escudero, Paper Conservation Sector
Mendoza, Clark Adrian de Jesus, Industrial Design Sector
Mindanao, Rimar Baja, Region IV-B
Miranda, Marco Alfino Villaescusa, Region IX
Moya, Jannabel Carrasco, Region XI
Muga, April Rose Cunanan, Region III
Muñoz, Jhon Kirsty Espiritu, Music Industry Sector
Negradas, Rouvinn Uy, Region VIII
Nito, Mary Josefti Cruz, Environment Sector
Paloma, Vicmar Pancho, Region X
Pamorada, Stephen John Agbayani, Built Heritage Sector
Pangan, Jay-Vee Marasigan, Journalism Sector
Panganiban, Kendrick Ivan Bernardo, Religious Sector
Pascan, Sittie Aisa Kurangking, ARMM
Pereyra, Roland, Region IX
Perez, Iscarleth Mae Rulona, Region XI
Rabang, Anthony Quitoriano, Region I
Ragsac, Aimee Mae Czarina Galan, Region II
Ragual, Aldrin Taño, Region XII
Ramos, Expedito Jr. III Sandrino, Visual Arts Sector
Ramos, Randal Jay Mislang, Region IX
Rosales, Jester Armand Suazo, Region IV-A
Rosario, Jeddahn Pacalso, Region I
Ruiz, Amihan Ceres Tañedo, Theatre Arts Sector
Tolentino, Heherson Castro, Region II
Vicente, Janine Micah Balatbat, Creative Industry Sector
Ybanez, Rex Fernandez, Region XIII

National Youth Forum on Heritage Secretariat

Alfonso, Ian Christopher, Project Saysay
Caballero, Gabriel, International Council on Monuments and Sites Philippines
Cruz, Gil, Jr., The Outstanding Students of the Philippine Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes
David, Lawrence Charlemagne, The Outstanding Students of the Philippine Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes
Espino, Jennylyn, Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Foundation
Sabdulla, Noorain S., Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Foundation
Sy, Nicholas C., Project Saysay