Press & Media

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 9, 2014

Contact: (Washington, DC) Patrick Realiza, Communications Chair
patrick.realiza@outlook.com
(Manila) Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, Executive Director
margaretlacson1@yahoo.com
http://www.brg-usa.org

Washington, DC-based Bohol Restoration Group (BRG)

to map restoration plan efforts in First Roundtable April 12 Meeting

TAGBILARAN, Bohol – A roundtable meeting hosted by the Diocese of Tagbilaran will bring together for the first time the diocese restoration team, Bohol’s local government, government-appointed agencies, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, non-government organizations (NGOs), and representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Council on Monuments and Sites (UNESCO’s ICOMOS) Philippines to discuss collaborative restoration efforts with Washington-based Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. (BRG).

“BRG intends to raise funds to provide technical and financial assistance to restore and preserve heritage sties and their respective communities in Bohol,” Andrew Potts, BRG board member and heritage trust lawyer of Nixon Peabody, LLP (NP), said. “We would like to begin designing our grant-making structure and work with every group in a collaborative effort. We look forward to a productive and engaging meeting.”

After careful consultation with the Bishop of Tagbilaran Leonardo Medroso, BRG is focusing its technical and fundraising efforts on three specific heritage sites located in the cities of Baclayon, Dauis and Loay.

BRG is looking into making grants with organizations such as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran; the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (PCCHC); the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); the National Museum of the Philippines; and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Included in BRG’s discussions in the roundtable are reports gathered from an expert mission commissioned by UNESCO, ICCROM and the NCCA; the Community-Based Cultural Heritage Revitalization for Disaster and Livelihood Recovery proposal prepared by UNESCO under the coordination of Masanori Nagaoka at the UNESCO Jakarta office; and the Proposed Action Lines for Recovery of Cultural Heritage plan prepared in December by the Spanish Government, among other reports.
Participating in the roundtable meeting are:

H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States and Mrs. Vicky J. Cuisia

Governor Edgar Chatto, Governor of Bohol

Diocese of Tagbilaran

National Heritage Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)

National Museum (NM)

Escuela Talyer

Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, President, Bohol Restoration Group

Attorney Andrew J. Potts, Member, Board of Directors, Bohol Restoration Group; Partner Nixon Peabody LLP Washington, DC; Board Member UNESCO/ICOMOS/ICCROM

Professional Engineer, Hedy Thomas, Board of Directors, Bohol Restoration Group; Principal Leutero Thomas LLC Oxon Hill Maryland

Nestor Arabejo, Member, Bohol Restoration Group

Corito Bautista

Mila Araneta

Architect Melva Java, National Committee on Monument Sites – UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines

Professor Jun de Leon, Chair, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)

Architect Raj Busmente, NCCA’s Heritage Office

Attorney Kaye Isberto, Head of NCCA National Committee on Monuments and Sites (NCMS)

Architect Shigeru Ban, Shigeru Ban Architects

Professor Riichi Miyake, Southern California Institute of Architecture

Architect Joy Mananghaya, UNESCO

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April 6, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: (Washington, DC) Patrick Realiza, Communications Chair
patrick.realiza@outlook.com
(Manila) Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, Executive Director
margaretlacson1@yahoo.com
http://www.brg-usa.org

Restoration Plans for Bohol’s Heritage Sites Open Partnership Talks with

Washington, DC-based Bohol Restoration Group (BRG)

MANILA – Bohol Restoration Group (BRG) will be engaging in a series of meetings and on-site visits to Bohol’s quake and Haiyan flood-damaged heritage sites with government-appointed agencies, non-government groups and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Council on Monuments and Sites (UNESCO’s ICOMOS), April 9-12 hosted by the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

“BRG’s mission is to promote Bohol’s educational and cultural integrity with established relationships committed to restoring Bohol’s heritage sites.” BRG executive director Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, said. “We are developing long-term partnerships to support the restoration efforts of heritage landmarks and the communities that have peacefully co-existed with them for hundreds of years.”

The meetings are expected to include: Tagbilaran Diocese Bishop Leonardo Medroso and his team; representatives of Bohol government; the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); National Museum; potential Philippine-based non-government organization (NGO) funders; philanthropists Corito Bautista, Mila Araneta, Escuela Talyer and UNESCO’s ICOMOS Philippines.

Traveling with Lacson-Ecarma, will be Andrew Potts, BRG board member and heritage trust lawyer of Nixon Peabody, LLP (NP); Hedy Thomas, principal of Leuterio Thomas Architects & Engineers; Nestor Arabejo, principal of Ecotektonika Architects. In addition, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Vicky Cuisia will be in attendance for a portion of the meeting on April 12.

The purpose of the conference is to help BRG, and its potential partners, begin its grant-making structure by defining roles, mapping working relationships, identifying resources and prioritizing activities for immediate pre-restoration results.

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MEDIA ADVISORY
April 3, 2014

Contact: Patrick Realiza, Communications Chair
patrick.realiza@outlook.com
http://www.brg-usa.org

Washington Partnership Talks Open Restoration Plans for Heritage Sites

Damaged by Quake and Typhoon Haiyan in Bohol, Philippines

WASHINGTON, DC — Washington-based non-profit Bohol Restoration Group (BRG) moves heritage restoration forward with the Diocese of Tagbilaran, in a series of meetings set April 9-12, 2014 in Bohol, Philippines.

“We appreciate the opportunity to lead efforts from Washington and help our Filipino friends restore these important world heritage sites,” Mike Brown, BRG’s board chair said. “Through our educational and cultural missions, backed by an exceptionally-qualified team of all-volunteer Filipino and American experts, we intend to establish a long-term relationship based on integrity for dedicated people, programs and grant capital to Bohol in helping preserve the cultural heritage of the Philippines’ heritage capital.”

Bohol is located in the central part of the Philippines and among the provinces hit by typhoon Haiyan in addition to damages resulting from an earlier 7.2 earthquake last year. Catastrophic damage included existing communities surrounding heritage sites and numerous historic places, among them three-centuries-old churches, American colonial structures and Spanish-influenced heritage cultural landmarks.

BRG will be working with the Diocese, non-government groups, government-appointed agencies and various philanthropies in a grant-making partnership to provide necessary technical and financial assistance initially focusing on heritage churches in the cities of Baclayon, Dauis and Loay.

BRG is composed of Americans and Filipinos from the Washington DC metro area who responded in an all-volunteer effort to the Philippine Embassy’s call to help Bohol’s damaged heritage sites. As a result, BRG was incorporated in Washington and has expanded its team efforts with industry experts in technical and heritage restoration, seismic engineering, US and International heritage law and policy, communications, finance, among them are from Quinn Evans, Nixon Peabody, National Cathedral, LeuterioThomas, American Institute of Architects, Ecotektonika, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, McEnearney Associates, AmPhil Services, and MRC3 Media.

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