Vigan conducts certified heritage conservation course

VIGAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) — The city government of Vigan conducted the 2nd Certified Heritage Building Conservation Specialist Course (CHBCSC) at Vigan City in preparation for the establishment of the Vigan Conservation Complex.

This is in cooperation with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development (CCPED) and Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET) and the United Architects of the Philippines, Inc. (UAP).

Associate Professor Eric Babar Zerrudo, Director for Administration of the UST CCCPET, has prepared a paper entitled “The cultural mapping project of the heritage city of Vigan towards building a framework for heritage conservation and sustainable development,” which underscored Vigan City as a very significant place.

Zerrudo is an expert on cultural heritage and museum development, and is also a consultant on Heritage Conservation.

The Heritage Conservation Specialist Course is a program that will provide continuing education for professionals in the northern region of the Philippines. The 64-hour certificate program for architects, contractors, renovators and restoration workers includes eight course modules of theory that focuses on the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to safely perform intervention or maintenance in a manner compatible with the standards/guidelines for the conservation of historic places in the Philippines. The course focuses on a particular aspect of a building or building system.

After this course the participants will become knowledgeable on the measures applicable to the conservation of historic places and structures. They shall acquire skills on heritage preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of heritage buildings and sites.

With the knowledge and skills acquired, the participants will be equipped to apply the principles and practices in the performing interventions on the conservation of each component of heritage building structures and acquire the training and competency to become specialists in heritage building conservation.

Vigan was declared a world heritage site in 1999, being the most intact 19th century district with the fusion of Asian and European architectural and artistic expressions. It has a rich fabric of heritage resources – natural, built, intangible and movable – for Filipinos and the world. (ANL/NOA-PIA 1Ilocos Sur/tc)

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