National Museum Receives Grant for the RISE Caysasay Project

With the National Museum of the Philippines’ newest Honor Roll member, Ar. Marie Bernadette Balaguer received a grant to implement her proposed project, entitled “RISE Caysasay: Disaster Risk Management Plan for the Nuestra Señora de Caysasay Church and Associated Structures, Taal, Batangas, Philippines”. She is a Museum Researcher from the Architectural Arts and Built Heritage Division. Her grant is from the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA), in coordination with International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

The RISE Caysasay project proposal was presented as a concluding activity of Ar. Balaguer’s participation in the second training workshop on Disaster Risk Management for Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage on “Understanding People, Nature, Culture: Heritage Management for Building Resilience of Living Traditional Settlements”. In addition, Engineer Jainab Altillero and Architect Roldan Laurel also represented the NMP in the workshop. Organized by SEAMEO SPAFA and ICCROM, in collaboration with Institute of Disaster Risk Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (R-DMUCH), the program was held online from February 4 to June 3, 2021. Twenty-five delegates from 12 countries participated in it, led and facilitated by 19 cultural heritage, conservation, climate, and disaster risk management experts. 

Following the training course’s objective in promoting disaster risk management as part of cultural heritage conservation and management, RISE Caysasay project considers building resilience, inclusivity of local knowledge, significant heritage values and attributes, and the environment of Taal. Furthermore, the project aims to strengthen interdisciplinary capacities and awareness of the local community on disaster risks and conservation of their cultural heritage structures.

RISE Caysasay supplements the on-going restoration initiated by the National Museum of the Philippines to repair Caysasay Church’s damaged parts caused by the Taal Volcano 2020 eruption. 

This photo was taken in January 2021 with Ar. Balaguer examining the condition of the Balon de Santa Lucia at the Our Lady of Caysasay Church Complex as part of a field inspection, in preparation for the restoration project.

Photo courtesy of Ms. Keith Rivera of NMP Facilities Management Division