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UPV inks MOU with Asia Pacific Center for Intangible Heritage

UP Visayas has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Informational and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) under the auspices of UNESCO, a cultural organization based in Jeonju, South Korea.

The MOU was an offshoot of the partnership between UP Visayas and ICHCAP that began in Pagtib-ong: The UPV International Conference on Intangible Heritage held on May 25-26, 2016.

ICHCAP officials Dr. Seong-Yong Park, Assistant Director General and Ms. Pilyoung Park, Program Officer, who were among the speakers in Pagtib-ong were impressed with the University’s successful conduct of the first international conference in the Philippines that focused on intangible heritage. Upon their return to Korea, ICHCAP offered to formalize an agreement that will make the university an academic partner in crafting programs and projects to promote intangible cultural heritage in the Philippines and in the region.

Prof. Martin Genodepa, Conference Chair of Pagtib-ong, visited ICHCAP’s office on July 5, 2017 at the National Center for Intangible Heritage Complex in Jeonju to finalize the MOU and met with the organization’s Director-General Dr. Huh Kwon and the organization’s top officials.

Initial plans regarding the partnership were discussed like a possible fellowship in writing on intangible heritage and the hosting of international conferences or meetings in the Philippines.

ICHCAP is a UNESCO Category 2 Centre working toward the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region and is working with 48 member-countries. (CCCA)

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