The New Officers and Trustees of the Society

The Heritage Conservation Society (HCS), a non-stock, non-profit organization advocating the protection and preservation of Philippine built heritage, held its 2016 General Assembly and Elections yesterday, November 12, 2016, in Dumaguete City. Elected to the 2017-2018 Board of Trustees were Conrad Alampay, Anabelle Alcomendas, Johhan Joseph Ararao, Atty. Mark Evidente, Councilor Neil Solomon Locsin, Atty. Lucille Karen Malilong, Ivan Homer Man Dy, Liliane Manahan, Aberon Voltaire Palaña, Isidra Reyes, and Dr. Kristin Louise Treñas.

The incoming board elected the following officers: Mahanan [Chairperson], Evidente [President], Man Dy [VP Internal & Treasurer], Locsin [VP External], Malilong [VP Institutional Partnerships], Alcomendas [Secretary], and Ararao [Public Relations Officer].

After serving as HCS Chairperson for twelve years, Gemma Cruz-Araneta was named Chairperson Emeritus. Outgoing HCS President Ivan Anthony Henares also retired from the board after ten years of service. However, they will both be part of the newly-created HCS Advisory Council, composed of eleven former trustees appointed by the board.

Appointed to the HCS Advisory Council were Araneta, Henares, former HCS Presidents Archt. Augusto Villalon and Archt. Nathaniel von Einsiedel, ICOMOS Philippines President Archt. Dominic Galicia, Archt. Paulo Alcazaren, Dr. Fernando Zialcita, Maria Karina Garilao, former Budget Undersecretary Clare Cattleya Amador, Maria Cristina Paterno, and Silvana Ancellotti-Diaz.

The incoming Board of Trustees and Advisory Council, which will serve from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018, will continue to face the daunting but enriching task of pushing for "a Filipino society that values and preserves its cultural heritage in order to instill pride of place and strengthen Philippine national identity."

HCS continues be the "prime mover and advocate for the preservation of Philippine built heritage resources in order to contribute towards the establishment of a Society that preserves and values its cultural heritage through advocacy and volunteerism, project implementation, education and information."


LILIANE “TATS” REJANTE-MANAHAN [Chairperson] is a surface decorator and a restorer for wall paintings. She trained for revival decorative paint finishes under foremost paint finisher Joanne Day in San Francisco and New York from 1989 to 1994, eventually completing numerous commissions not just locally for residences and business establishments, but also in Singapore, San Francisco and Los Angeles, USA. From 1996 to 1998, she completed courses for lime plaster, fresco, Venetian lacquer and traditional painting techniques at Centro Europeo per la Formazione degli Artigiani nel Mestiere del Patrimonio Architettonico in Venice, Italy leading to her Mastro Certificato in Fresco Restoration at Fondazione Villa Fabris, Centro Europeo per Mestiri del Patrimonio in Vicenza, Italy.