This is discussion about The Ivatan House.
Thanks for your reply.
I agree with your comment regarding the reach of YouTube being immense and universal, except for the Batanes Islands itself where the internet has yet to penetrate beyond a couple of internet cafes and the government access. So to reach part of the desired audience, ie the studentry, it is imperative that it e distributed via a more accessible medium, VCD/ DVD format which is more widespread. For the rest of the connected world, YouTube is more viable, albeit in shorter snippets.
And regarding last suggestion about broadening our efforts, we are embarking on other projects alongside this one, smaller in scale, like the Agusan Baoto project, which aims to preserve the use of the Baoto, or traditional dugout canoe, among others.
Please continue to comment, your ideas are very welcome.
The intent is to showcase the Ivatan House and how it is incorporated into the lifestyle (culture) of the Ivatan people. The house is central to their protection from harsh typhoon weather, it serves as a locus for various family activity, and is a product of community cooperation, all of which are reactions to their environment - islands with only 16sq km of land area divided by treacherous ocean channels both from each other and from the mainland.
When the Ivatan House is opened as a cultural center, it is envisioned as a registration site for tourists where they will have the opportunity to view the resulting video. In this way we intend to educate tourists. We are hopeful that with more knowledge they will appreciate the culture more.
A community-stay program in different municipalities is in place for visitors wishing to stay in a traditional home. Homes may have a mix of traditional and modern trappings. But in general a visitor will get a good feel of living in an Ivatan house and direct interaction with families and their lifestyles.
They employ an innovative concept based on the homestay but is analogous to a hotel in the community center being the reception and individual homes being the houses. This way fees are standard and there is no direct monetary exchange between the visitor and host.
Unlike the famous home-builders show, i imagine this house provides tourists with something normally neglected by housing-hosts; the chance to live (stay) in a dwelling (dome) for long enough to know what it was like to be its owner, creator and beneficiary, in its day (era).
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Unlike the famous home-builders show, i imagine this old house provides tourists with something normally neglected by housing-hosts; the chance to live (stay) in a dwelling (dome) for long enough to know what it was like to be its owner, creator and beneficiary, in its day (era).
To know the past, while living in the present, is a future worth working toward. When ignorance's were left behind, buy understanding nature... and this, by using its tools and its materials which recycle themselves when you & I neglect our better intelligence, is a "PLACE OF POWER" worth sustaining.
many thanks for sharing information on your project with us. I recognise the issue of having to make the indigenous population aware of the value of their own cultural heritage. At least that was the impression I gained from reading your entry, as you say: "but many of the people who may need it dont even know they do." How difficult/easy has it been raising awareness within the local population of the importance of preserving their heritage? Ultimately, your project may be as much about educating locals as it is about educating tourists.
Dr Andreas Walmsley
Course Leader MSc Responsible Hospitality
International Centre for Responsible Tourism
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Hello Mr. Martin,
I'm excited by the way in which you're preserving cultural building styles by capturing the process on film. I see this as an innovative solution that could be applied to many cultural methodologies that are being lost. I wish you luck in your current works and in the expansion of your work.
I would like to draw your attention to the "University Service with Rural Farmers to Generate Income and Restore Watersheds" entry: www.changemakers.net/node/20140. They are specifically looking for historians who can film and document their service learning projects. This might be another opportunity for you!
You can contact Mr. Jason Selwitz, the Director of Service Learning at Green Empowerment: email@example.com
Good luck and thank you for submitting your entry.
In Batanes of the Philippines, the Ivatan House project is an innovative initiative that targets to protect and preserve aesthetics, culture, and history of the host community. Because the project is done through traditional cooperative system, neighbors divide each workload to complete the project. In addition, the documentation of such project would be beneficial for preservation and records of construction of the architecture. After the completion of the construction, the Ivatan House would be used as a cultural center for local residents and tourists to learn about indigenous people’s life style and culture. Due to the current trend that some of Philippines’ tribes are dying out, the Ivatan House should be considered as the role model for other tribes in Philippines in order to conserve the traditional culture of various Filipino tribes. The government of Philippine should be more involved in funding of projects like the Ivatan House project in order to save the dying cultures of various tribes.
The first impression I gained from reading your entry is local population should be aware of their own cultural heritage. For instance, China has the longest history in the world. However, many Chinese people stop learning or neglect the importance of their own culture because China is developing to a more industrialized country. I think the ultimate goal of your project is to educate local people to preserve and learn their own cultures. I only have one suggestion. When you explained why your approach is innovative, I feel the third reason was a little confusing. You mentioned “lifestyles that accompany the Ivatan House”, I do not know what you meant. You could have been more detailed. I think the government of Philippine needs to financially contribute to the preservation of local cultures and historical sites. Do you know if they have issued any policies protecting Philippine cultures? Do you plan to educate the tourists as well? I think tourists play an important role in preservation of destination’s cultures. Eventually, I would like thank you for sharing your idea with us and good luck!
While many Geotourism entries focus on a large variety of issues, whether it be a tourism agency or an experience that encompasses numerous sustainable efforts, I admire that the Ivatan House’s particular focus on one effort. There is a lot of passion and enthusiasm illustrated in this entry for the project. The strongest aspect of this application is the clarity in which the purpose of the Ivantan house is explained. A suggestion of how to make the entry stronger would be to review the questions and the answers that follow to ensure that they address exactly what is being asked (ex: degrees of success).
In regards to your barriers, one inexpensive and easy way to make your documentary available to the mass media is to post it on YouTube. While it may not be the most desirable media for displaying your work, it is a stepping-stone. Additionally, contacting the university’s Asian studies departments would be another route to make your production available to masses as well as help educate others about your project.
Also, upon the completion of the Ivatan House, I feel that there is the possibility of this one action proposed to develop into an organization with a highly concentrated goal of recording and remembering all of the past traditions of the Philippines.
Your project is so interesting and important to the community. I am wondering is there or will there be an opportunity for visitors to actually spend a night or several nights in an Ivantan House?
Visitors love living like the locals.
Good luck with the project.
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“Great entry! Often, we see in developing countries the loss of cultural architecture and they have found that co-operative house building great way of preserving cultural heritage. This project addresses the question, ‘how do you build sound buildings in a way that preserves heritage but also is in tune with the environment?’ Today, there are not many buildings that are built in the traditional style because we build so many houses that are so modern.”
“This project could have huge impact on social and cultural models but I would like to know more about what they have already done! Is this organization actually up and running? I am very keen on learning about their progress because I believe in their innovation. It is always encouraging to see people going back trying to reclaim some of these traditions and reintroducing them to the society. This is a very good idea and very timely but it is too early to tell anything about their development, I would love to see where this project goes! Perhaps, the project may also consider combining green building skills with their traditional ones.”
- Changemakers “Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place Sustaining the Future of Destinations” Judges: National Geographic Society, United Nations Foundation, Tribe Wanted, The Green Belt Movement, Lonely Planet, Southwest Forestry