International confab on cultural statistics held

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The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) mounted anew the International Conference on Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy aimed at enriching discussions among cultural workers, researchers and academicians on cultural data and the creative economies.

Twelve presenters from the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Uganda delivered papers on the analysis of cultural data, heritage studies, music, film, Unesco’s Creative Cities and creative economy

Held at the Diamond Hotel Manila on 3 and 4 October, the event, attended by about 500 participants from different sectors, also aimed to raise the awareness on the Philippine Cultural Statistics Framework, a guiding concept in measuring the state of culture and the arts in the country.

The said framework “functions as a tool for organizing cultural statistics, providing a conceptual foundation and methodology to enable the production and dissemination of cultural statistics” which would measure impacts of the arts and culture in development.
NCCA deputy executive director Marichu Tellano explained that stakeholders would benefit in the event since they would be able to build statistical data on culture and would encourage them to use the cultural statistics framework in relation to the Philippine Development Plan of 2017 to 2022, which is a medium-term socio-economic agenda of the national government.

Twelve presenters from the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, and Uganda delivered papers on the analysis of cultural data, heritage studies, music, film, Unesco’s Creative Cities and creative economy.

Presentations include “Algorithms and Big Data as a Strategy for Capturing and Analyzing Cultural Data in Platform Content Flows” by Daniele Cristina Dantas of the Federal University in Brazil; “Indonesia Culture for Development Index: A First Step for Making Cultural Development Policies in Indonesia based on Quantitative Data” by Yudistira of Indonesia’s Directorate General of Culture; “Diminishing Natural Heritage: The Forests of Cebu and Negros Islands during the late Spanish and early American Occupations, 1880-1920” by Trizer Dale Mansueto of the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos, Cebu; “Adaptive Reuse of Japanese Built Heritage” by Hiroki Yamada of the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties; “Ethnomusicology of The Dawn: Understanding the Inter-generational Impact of the Song ‘Salamat’” by Estelita Valdeavilla-Llanita of the De La Salle Greenhills; “Koro at Lipunang Filipino: An Inquiry into Social and Human Capital in Philippine Community Choir Groups” by Dr. Abigail de Leon of the University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig; “The Case of Baguio as Philippines’ First Creative City: Looking at the First Six Months” by Ivan Emil Labayne, an independent researcher; “A Tale of Two Cities: Mapping the Creative Capital of Makati and Baguio” by Paolo Mercado, the president of the Creative Economy Council of the Philippines (CECP); “Assessing the Needs of the Filipino Creative Economy Workforce” by Glorife Soberano-Samodio of the De La Salle University, Manila; “Beat by Bit: On Measuring Trade in Value Added in the Creative Economy of Southeast Asia” by Patrick Kabanda, the former consultant to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of The World Bank in Washington, D.C.; “On Bird’s Eye View: Visualizing Southeast Asia through Films and the Moving Arts and their Direct Impact in Fortifying the Cultural Tourism in the Region” by Ivan Harris Tanyag of the University of the Philippines in Diliman; and “Intertextuality in Contemporary Pop Art: Comparing Asian and Western Experiences through Iconographic Analysis” by Dr. Stephen T.F. Poon of the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation in Malaysia.

During the two-day event, Bilang Filipinas: A Primer on Philippine Cultural Statistics and Bilangan: Selected Papers from the 2018 International Conference on Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy, edited by Roel Hoang Manipon and published by the NCCA, were released.

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