The 2016 Heritage Conservation Summit


The Heritage Conservation Society and the City Government of Dumaguete City organized the Heritage Conservation Summit 2016, from 11-13 November 2016 at Guy Hall, Silliman University in Dumaguete City. The Summit, which was being organized for the fifth time, has adopted the theme Heritage Tourism. It aimed to bring together a wide spectrum of participants representing national government, local government units, local heritage societies, the academe, cultural workers, heritage professionals, the tourism industry, and the media. Its primary objective was to discuss and exchange knowledge on the best practices in heritage and cultural tourism in the Philippines, its recent developments and the challenges and opportunities faced in the conservation of heritage.

November 11, 2016 – Arrival in Dumaguete City November 12, 2016 – Heritage Conservation Summit 2016

8:30am – Registration

9:00am – Welcome Remarks - Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Chairperson, Heritage Conservation Society 9:10am – Opening Address - Ivan Anthony S. Henares, President, Heritage Conservation Society 9:20am – Keynote Address – Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Dumaguete City

9:30am – Empowering Local Communities Towards Heritage Tourism—Ms. Kara Garilao, Program Director for Community Based Heritage Tourism, Fundacion Santiago

10:30am – Coffee Break

10:45am – Case Studies on Heritage Tourism: Mayoyao Ifugao and Agusan Marsh—Ivan Anthony Henares, President, Heritage Conservation Society

11:15am – Case Study the Tourism Trail of Las Pinas—Johhan Joseph Ararao, HCS Youth Ex-Officio Trustee

11:45am – Open Forum 12:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm – Government Support towards Promulgating Heritage Awareness and Protection—DTI Asec. Art P. Boncato, former DOT Assistant Secretary 2:00—Update on the Heritage Incentives Bill, Atty. Mark Evidente, HCS Secretary 3:00 Case Study: Exploring Filipino-Chinese Tradition through Culinary Tourism in Binondo—Ivan Homer Man Dy, HCS Treasurer

4:00—Open Forum 4:15—Coffee Break 4:30—Heritage Tourism and Programs of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation—Dr. Jocelyn B. Guerra, Executive Director, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. 5:30 – Closing Message

November 13, 2016 – Heritage Tour of Siquijor


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