What is Living Heritage?

Source: Living Heritage and Education, ich.unesco.org

INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE – or ‘living heritage’ – is inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. It includes oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the knowledge and skills related to craftsmanship. It is continuously recreated as it is transmitted from generation to generation, and evolves in response to our environment.

Living heritage is important because it offers communities and individuals a sense of identity and continuity. It can promote social cohesion, respect for cultural diversity and human creativity, as well as help communities build resilient, peaceful and inclusive societies.

We are working on more exciting projects to foster a deeper appreciation for our rich and diverse living heritage including a possible online library of resources related to Filipino global history and information celebrating Filipino excellence across the world.