Gota’s president named to int’l heritage council

From the Cebu Daily News:

“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.”

Read the complete article here.


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