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We are the National Committee of ICOM in the Philippines.

What is ICOM?

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) was created in 1946 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and having a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Its mission, according to its Statutes, is to be “the international organization of museums and museum professionals committed to the conservation, continuation, and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.”

As such, ICOM “establishes professional and ethical standards for museum activities, makes recommendations on such issues, promotes training, advances knowledge and raises public cultural awareness through global networks and co-operation programs.”

It is a unique professional network of institutions and museum professionals with almost 30,000 members worldwide collaborating and participating in the discussions, reflections, activities, and actions of 117 National Committees and 31 International Committees on museum-and-heritage-related issues. Some National Committees are organized into Regional Alliances.

Every three years, a new strategic plan is adopted by the General Assembly of ICOM, and it is implemented by both ICOM General Secretariat and the National and International Committees.

ICOM’s headquarters (the General Secretariat and the UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Center) are based in Paris, France, at the UNESCO Building.

What is ICOM PH?

ICOM Philippines is the National Committee of ICOM in the Philippines. It is an organization duly incorporated at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines as of December 14, 2011, under registration number CN201121315; and is duly registered at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) of the Philippines with TIN 008-175-657.

Our role is to:

·   Act as an intermediary between ICOM members and the General Secretariat.

·   Ensure that the interests of ICOM are managed in the country.

·   Represent its members within ICOM.

·   Contribute to the implementation of ICOM’s programs and Strategic Plan.


ICOM Philippines seeks to build an inclusive and professional organization. An organization that will professionally represent Filipinos in the international cultural community. The following are the members of the new Executive Board.










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Ma. Victoria T. Herrera is Director and Chief Curator, Ateneo Art Gallery.  This was preceded by her post as Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department from January 2012 to April 2015.  She was then seconded from the University of the Philippines – Diliman where she was a regular faculty for more than 20 years at the Department of Art Studies.  She also lecturers for the BFA in Arts Management program in Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches curatorship, collections management, and other museum-related courses.  She has done art consultancy work for corporate entities.  She is also a curatorial consultant for the UP Baguio Museo Kordilyera.


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Father Isidro “Didoy” Abaño is the Director of the UST Museum. Fr. Abaño is a longstanding member of ICOM Philippines and he is one of the founding members of the ICOM University Museums and Collections Subcommittee (UMAC), which began in 2001. He is no stranger to professional associations of museum officials, he served as board member of the University Museums and Collections (UMAC) from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, he spearheaded the UMAC International Conference that was held in UST.

He obtained a Diplomate in Higher Studies on Church Cultural Heritage from the Gregorian Pontifical University at Rome, Italy. He also obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology/M.A. H.R. from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Manila and his Theology/Baccalaureate also from the said university.


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Arlene Abuid-Paderanga is the forever young President of the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) and the Wilijado P. Abuid Foundation because of her happy disposition.  She is an educator committed to nation-building missions. With over 35 years of experience in education specializing in maritime and as an Architect and Interior Designer by training, she established the AIMS Museo Maritimo. It is one of the first maritime-themed museum dedicated to Filipinos.

She synthesizes her experiences in the arts, management, and maritime education to influence communities and create great synergies. An arts and heritage advocate who successfully established herself in a male-dominated maritime industry.

One of the successful women in the maritime education sector with experiences coming from her Doctorate in Educational Management from De La Salle University, Master in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, and Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Design at Far Eastern University. She also obtained Diplomas from Worker’s Educational Association (Newcastle, Australia) and Galilee College (Tivon, Israel). She has a Certificate in Archeology and Museum- Oxford University (London).

A well-traveled and updated fellow for international and local seminars, conferences, and conventions in arts & culture, human resources development, maritime, and quality systems.  She hopes to deliver her expertise in management and administration to ICOM Philippines. She runs the current secretariat of ICOM Philippines and together with her team and Mr. Daryl Lorence Abarca, they standardized and organized the operations of ICOM Philippines ensuring to deliver the best service to the museum community.


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Regina Mercedes Cruz serves as the Deputy Director of the BSP Museum. She plans, directs, organizes and coordinates the activities of the BSP Museum Staff including management of the BSP artwork and painting collections. She supervised and coordinated the functions of the Business Facilities Management Division, BSP Museum, and Special Services Division.

She has been responsible for the BSP collections including paintings, sculpture, pre-colonial gold, pottery, decorative arts, and numismatics including the management of the Money Museum. She supervised the care/conservation of all cultural properties at the BSP Main Office, Security Plant Complex, Philippine International Convention Center, and all BSP regional offices and branches.

She obtained Certificates in Fine and Decorative Arts and Museum Studies from New York University. She pursued her MA and have taken units for her PhD of History of Art from the University of Kansas. She also graduated with a BA Art History degree from the George Washington University (Cum Laude) and a BS Psychology degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

She is an active member of the International Council of Museums and a founding member of the Association of Greater Manila Area Museums (AGMAM). She was also a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee of Museums from 2010-2016.



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Yael Buencamino is currently the President of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines. She is the Head of Programs and Audience Engagement at Lopez Museum and Library and was the director of the Manila Museum Summit 2021. Her professional interests lie in interdisciplinary initiatives in cultural institutions and museum development. She was the founding Executive Director of Arete, the creativity and innovation hub of Ateneo de Manila University (2017 – 2019) and managing curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery (2007-2017). She contributed to the book Making Museums Work: A Zero in Handbook. She holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


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Nestor Castro graduated BA Anthropology (cum laude), MA Anthropology, and PhD Anthropology from UP Diliman.  His Master's thesis was on the communist movement in the Cordillera region of Northern Philippines while his PhD dissertation was on the politics of ethnic identity in the Philippines, with the experience of the Dananao Kalinga as a case in point.

Specializing in Cultural Anthropology, his expertise includes ethnicity and inter-ethnic relations, indigenous peoples' issues, Deaf culture, and cultural heritage management.  He has done extensive field research in the Philippines and in several other countries of Southeast Asia and Melanesia.  He has works have been published in notable journals such as Le Temps Modernes, Human Biology, Colloquium: The New Horizon of Contemporary Sociological Theory, Philippine Social Sciences Review, Diliman Review, Kasarinlan, and Aghamtao.

Dr. Castro is currently the President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the International Federation of Social Science Organizations (IFSSO), Vice-Chairman of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) – Social Sciences Division. He is previously the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs, UP Diliman.  He also previously served as Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) of UP Diliman, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology of UP Diliman, Vice Chairman of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines (UGAT), and Southeast Asian Representative to the International Commission for the Rights of Aboriginal People (ICRA).


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Audrey Dawn M. Tomada is the head of the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) in Bohol and the forthcoming National Museum in Cebu. Over the last 3 years, she has been instrumental in turning the NMP Bohol into a relevant museum for the island province, drawing the national and even global importance of its cultural and natural heritage. She has also steered the museum through the pandemic despite its challenges while helping to oversee the completion of NMP’s reconstruction project of three (3) National Cultural Treasure churches in the island after suffering extensive damage from the 2013 Bohol earthquake. In 2021, she has been largely involved in successfully organizing two international conferences convened by the NMP, addressing issues around the pandemic and climate change.

Prior to her work at the NMP, Ms. Tomada established the Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum in Cebu City in 2010 and became an ICOM member in 2013. She was the former president of the Visayas Association of Museums and Galleries, Inc. (VAMGI) and the founding member of Central Visayas Association of Museums (CVAM). She served as Executive Council member of the National Committee on Museums (NCOM) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) from 2015-2019. She was a Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) fellow of the Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Andong, South Korea in 2015.

Ms. Tomada is an active member of the prestigious Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), and currently an international mentee of IIC’s 2022 Leadership Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council (BACH) and the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (CACCHC). She graduated with a degree in Anthropology (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 2004.

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ICOM PH Partners

The following are the institutional members of ICOM Philippines:

·         AIMS Museo Maritimo

·         Artiste Museum

·         Ateneo Art Gallery

·         Ayala Museum

·         Museo Kordilyera

·         University of Santo Tomas Museum

Updated Jul 2022