DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite – Museo De La Salle, a lifestyle museum inside De La Salle University here engaged its pool of Architecture professors for a 2-day lecture-workshop on promoting the value and obligation to conserve architectural heritage, from Aug. 15-16.
At the opening day on Wednesday, Museo Director Cecille Torrevillas-Gelicame spoke before members of De La Salle University Dasmariñas’ Architecture Department on “Mapping Tangible Immovable Heritage,” at the museum’s Kalaw-Katigbak Room.
The Museo has leveraged its pool of educators in its bid to campaign for a more ‘heritage and culture’ conscious Architects in the future, amid the emerging trend of urbanization, overpopulation and industrial boom which compel regional architecture blending into globally universal style.
The forum is divided into two sessions, with the lectures on the first day, and subsequent visits and tours to selected heritage houses in Imus, Cavite and the participants’ culminating workshop presentation on the 2nd day.
“As Architects do technical presentations, this lecture will help them determine what to map which they might find significant to them or the local community which preservation could be incorporated in their design,” Gelicame said Wednesday.
She presented a briefing and orientation to participants on the various government issuances, from the Constitution’s provisions and the existing ‘National Culture Heritage Act.’
These national laws are meant to protect, preserve, conserve and promote the nation’s cultural heritage, its property and histories, and the ethnicity of local communities; established and strengthen cultural institutions, and protect cultural workers and ensure their professional development and well-being.
Participants were then also taught of the framework in the actual mapping works, including ethics and protocol.
DLSU D Architecture Department head Scissel S. Naing was delighted for this new knowledge of study, “which we will incorporate in whatever applicable students’ program” to develop an appreciation of cultural and heritage preservation to 500 students.
The Vice-Chancellor for Academics and Research, Dr. Marco S. Saez, officially opened Wednesday’s program with Arch. Rosauro Jomandri, DLSU Dept. Committee Head on Spiritual Affairs, for the invocation.
MDLS is a lifestyle museum located inside DLSU D, which aims to be a leading contributor to Philippine University museums’ movement by regularly conducting lecture-workshop and engaging various sectors.
It also taps the DLSU D community to be its partner in promoting the interests of museology and to uphold the appreciation of the culture and the arts.
Entrance to the museum comes for a fee, and it is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Gladys Pino)