• Administrator


The core of the center’s services includes consultancy, researches, trainings, workshops and publication ensuring that cultural heritage, specifically in the tropics is taken care of.
USTGS-CCCPET believes that in order to achieve such an enormous task, the Center needs to establish partnership with local, national and international organization in the cultural heritage sector.

The USTGS-CCCPET is one of the three extension office of the Graduate School which was officially inaugurated in the 4th day of September 2003 that serves as the organizing body to hold the flagship of the cultural heritage research concerns in the University.


The USTGS-CCCPET envisions itself as the center of choice of the University that values, promotes, protects and preserves the cultural property and environment in the tropics, often at risk in the changing world, through consultancy, research, education and training services.


The USTGS-CCCPET commits itself as an active agent for development, preservation, protection and promotion of the Filipino cultural heritage in partnership with institutions on the local, national, and international levels.

Goals and Objectives

To promote an atmosphere conducive to and provide opportunities for research led by the Graduate School – Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies program.
To conduct exchanges in research and collaboration in projects among the professions responsible for the care of the cultural heritage and related activities in the tropics.
To render services by providing consultation, training, technical assistance to institutions, cultural heritage workers and students.
To disseminate information and promote deeper understanding of conservation and care of cultural property and environment in the tropics through the conduct of conferences, seminars, training and publication.


  • ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites International Secretariat)
  • SEAMEO-SPAFA (Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts)
  • APHEN-ICH (Asia Pacific Higher Education Network for Intangible Cultural Heritage)
  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)


  • National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
  • Intramuros Administration (IA)
  • Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (CBCP-ECCHC)
  • Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission for Indigenous People
  • Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines (ATOP)


  • Department of Tourism – National Office
  • Department of Tourism – Region VIII
  • Department of Tourism – Region III
  • Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church
  • Diocese of Baguio
  • Diocese of Virac Commission on Cultural Heritage
  • Diocese of Maasin
  • Diocese of Talibon
  • Diocese of Cagayan de Oro
  • Diocese of San Pablo
  • Zobel Foundation, Inc.
  • Parish Church of Guimbal, Iloilo
  • University of Santo Tomas Legazpi
  • University of the Philippines – Baguio
  • Bukidnon State University
  • Diocese of Talibon
  • Diocese of Cagayan de Oro
  • Diocese of San Pablo
  • Zobel Foundation, Inc.
  • Parish Church of Guimbal, Iloilo
  • Parish Church of Leon, Iloilo


  • Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur
  • Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte
  • Provincial Government of Ifugao
  • Provincial Government of Bohol
  • Provincial Government of Marinduque
  • Provincial Government of Samar
  • Provincial Government of Northern Samar
  • Provincial Government of Northern Samar
  • Provincial Government of Romblon
  • Provincial Government of Leyte
  • City Government of Vigan
  • City Government of Marikina
  • City Government of Ormoc
  • City Government of General Santos
  • City Government of General Santos
  • City Government of Tacloban
  • City Government of Mabalacat
  • City Government of Angeles
  • Quezon City Government
  • City Government of Puerto Princesa
  • City Government of Muntinlupa
  • Municipal Government of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
  • Municipal Government of Magalang, Pampanga
  • Municipal Government of Baler, Aurora
  • Municipal Government of Casiguran, Aurora
  • Municipal Government of San Rafael, Bulacan
  • Municipal Government of San Julian, Eastern Samar
  • Municipal Government of Tugaya, Lanao del Sur
  • Municipal Government of Pollilio, Quezon
  • Municipal Government of Guiuan, Eastern Samar
  • Municipal Government of Malay, Aklan
  • Municipal Government of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija
  • Municipal Government of Echague, Isabela



is the Director of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Graduate School Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Environment in the Tropics (USTGS-CCCPET). He is also an Associate Professor of the UST Graduate School for Cultural Heritage Studies and National Coordinator of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) Episcopal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church. Currently, he serves as the Philippine resource person for the development of the UNESCO competency framework for heritage professionals in Asia. He is a founding member the WHITRAP-Asia Pacific (China), AAHM (China) and the APHEN-ICH (South Korea) network.

He was the former UNESCO Philippines Commissioner for the World Heritage Convention and the Focal Person for Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention of the Philippines. His articles on Authenticity in the Philippine Context and the Development of Conservation Policies of the Philippines have been printed in ICCROM publications. He was the Project Director of the World Bank- Department of Tourism Project on the Multi-hazard Vulnerability Assessment of Heritage Structures in the Philippines. A CESO topnotcher, his previous positions were as Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Vice President for Physical Resources of the GSIS, Administrative Director of the Escuela Taller Intramuros and Vice Head of NCCA Committee on Museums and NCCA Committee on Monuments and Sites.

He has conducted cultural heritage mapping projects all over the country, continues to advise World Heritage Sites and regularly facilitates value-based interdisciplinary Philippine approach and applications in heritage conservation. He finished his Accelerated AB Economics (De La Salle University), Research in Culture and Representation (Tokyo University), Master of Cultural Heritage Studies (Deakin University), Specialist Course on Historic Buildings Conservation (Lund University) and PhD Development Studies major Heritage and Development (University of Santo Tomas). His dissertation was entitled “The Vigan Heritage Charter: Towards the Development of an Interdisciplinary Value-based Approach to Heritage Policy Formulation.”

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