The Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. (GKI) conducted its third Pamana Talks on 12 October 2019 at Clock-In Ayala North Exchange in Makati City, focusing on the connection between community and heritage conservation.

The forum, delving on the collaborative and participatory nature of heritage conservation, featured four resource persons who shared their stories and experiences in bringing together communities with one goal of reviving and preserving both built and intangible cultural properties.

Arch. Jeffrey Cobilla of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. shared his experiences in collaborating with the parishioners in Malate, Manila in the restoration of their parish church; while Arch. Angelo Ray Serrano of One Zero Design Studio talked about how their practice builds with and around communities, using Calle Escolta and the Maestranza in Intramuros as examples.

Meanwhile, Dr. Elena Rivera-Mirano of the University of the Philippines-Diliman presented on how individuals, organizations, and institutions have worked on making possible the survival of the Batangas Subli, an ancient indigenous form that has become an integral part of Batangas culture until today.

Lastly, Tito Encarnacion, founder of the Facebook community Advocates for Heritage Preservation (AHP), talked about how AHP was formed and how it has thrived as an active advocate group over the years by engaging and involving a community of advocates both online and offline.

The third Pamana Talks was co-presented by GCash and sponsored by Clock-In at Ayala Land Offices, Baloy’s Bakeshop, Mama Sita’s, and San Miguel Pure Foods. It was also conducted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-Design Center of the Philippines, in celebration of Design Week Philippines.