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25th Visayan History and Culture Conference Highlights Cultural Resilience

The 25th Conference on West Visayan History and Culture highlighted cultural resilience with the theme “Spaces, Places and Resilience in West Visayan Culturescape.”  The conference was held by the Center for West Visayas Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas (CWVS-CAS-UPV) in collaboration with the Christian Aid (CA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rise Gigantes Project, SURGE,  Handicap International, Oxfam, and Plan International on November 19 -20, 2015 at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City.

Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba, CAS Dean, emphasized that the conference is very crucial at this time as “…more recent scientific findings disclose the increasing vulnerability of Western Visayas to meteorological, seismic and climate-related risks. As the major repository of knowledge about the region, it is only fitting for the Center to be at the forefront of efforts that promote a culture of resilience  while at the same time exploring inter-multi- and trans- disciplinary discourses related to these concerns.”

Mr. Edlin Lumanog of the Christian Aid challenged the participants to reflect on the recent social and physical developments happening around.  According to him, there is a need to be clarified between the built ones and the natural ones and influence practices that propels these developments.

Prof. Jorge Ebay, CWVS Director said that the 13 presentations during the conference featured research and public service outputs that relate to the Visayan legacy of culture and resilience and understanding the totality of  human experience  in the Visayan context.

The keynote presenters were Dr. Kristoffer Berse of the National College of Public Administration, UP Diliman  who discussed “Unpacking Resilience: Global Priorities, Local Actions;”  and Dr. Emmanuel Luna of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman who tackled “Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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