“A Cebuano architect known for his work here and abroad as a heritage conservation expert was made an honorary member of the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) during its general assembly in Florence, Italy last Saturday.
“Augusto Villalon was the first Filipino to become a member of the 7,500-member Paris-based council which advises the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
“ICOMOS, established in 1965, is the international body that reviews nominations of UNESCO cultural world heritage sites. Some examples are the Acropolis in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the ancient city of Maya in Mexico.
“As the only Filipino in the council, Villalon told Cebu Daily News he hopes to reach out to communities in the Philippines and make people, especially decision makers, more informed and sensitive to the value of preserving heritage as part of one’s identity.”