Palacio de Memoria, Partners for Indigenous Knowledge Philippines, and the Local Government of Tagum named as the new awardees of the Philippine Heritage Awards (PHA).
The PHA has six categories: Adaptive Reuse, Conservation – Built Heritage, Conservation – Movable Cultural Properties, Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Heritage Education and Interpretation, Heritage Programs Support. Following the first conferment ceremony last 2018, the PHA will be awarding three distinct projects across two categories this year.
The Adaptive Reuse category, reserved for projects which utilizes buildings, other built-structures, and sites of value for purposes other than that for which they were intended originally, in order to conserve the site, their engineering integrity and authenticity of design.
The Palacio de Memoria, one of the pre-war mansions that survived the Battle of Manila along Roxas Boulevard is awarded under the Adaptive Reuse category wherein the project was recommended for its respect and understanding of the key decorative elements of the structure by retaining them in the rehabilitation process and highlighting once more the terrazzo flooring attributed to National Artist for Architecture Juan Nakpil. With its sustainable economic and maintenance model, and reworking the floorplans to be compatible as auction and events area made the repurposing of the building successful.
On the other hand, two projects will be awarded under the Heritage Education and Interpretation—the Partners for Indigenous Knowledge Philippines for its Keeping Alive the Wisdom of The Cordillera Indigenous Peoples project and the Kagikan Project of the Local Government of Tagum.
This category is for publications, performances, cultural practices and traditions, events, exhibitions, displays, site interpretations, tours, seminars/workshops/trainings, and multimedia including smart phone apps, websites and social media which emphasize and promote education, interpretation, and community engagement towards the protection and conservation of tangible and intangible cultural properties.
The Partners for Indigenous Knowledge Philippines (PIKP) for its Keeping Alive the Wisdom of The Cordillera Indigenous Peoples project passed through the deliberation panels and was recommended for its valuable contributions to preserving local history and culture as well as empowering the community by providing the means to document the intangible heritage of heirloom recipes through a publication.
The PIKP, in partnership with the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples Rights (TFIP) responded to the need of relevant and accurate educational material on indigenous peoples to be able to support indigenous elders, women, and youth in the Cordillera to share their knowledge on the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPED) in the schools.
Meanwhile, the Local Government of Tagum’s Kagikan Project was recommended by the panel for its initiative and effort of involving various entities to gather, share, and discuss their respective knowledge on Tagum’s history and culture through their research. The publication can be used for teaching local history and culture to empower the community.
The Philippine Heritage Awards is a conservation recognition program under which monetary prizes, awards, and citations will be given by the President of the Philippines, upon the recommendation of the NCCA, for special achievements and important contributions and services in the area of heritage preservation and conservation efforts, in accordance to Section 37 of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 or Republic Act No. 10066.
The PHA Conferment Ceremony will be aired on the NCCA and PTV4’s facebook page on 12 November 2021 at 10 AM.