Archival Connections

The National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) provided the Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian
Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF) an adequate platform for dialogue on archival
developments by holding the 6 th Archives Congress on October 18 to 20, 2018 with the theme.”
“Archives Links. Archives Connects.”

Under the leadership of Fr. Harold LI. Rentoria, OSA, Commissioner of the Sub- Commission on Cultural
Heritage and Head of the National Committee on Archives, the Congress was held in Cebu, where rich
Filipino heritage is preserved amidst the challenges posed by an ever-modernizing world.
By taking stock of the practices from Japan and Cambodia, the Congress aims to provide transect for
archival works and archivists in this globalized digital era. By supporting archival studies, it strives to spur
production of knowledge and the development of indigenous theories from the accumulated trove of
Filipino experiences. As such, the occasion opens discourse beyond materiality of objects and into
peculiarity of their meanings. It reaffirms the significance of accumulating symbols for reestablishment
of intangible foundations of Filipino culture.

The celebration of nationhood will be an oft-repeated theme not only in the formal program and but
also in the side events featuring the exhibit of extant Spanish-era architectural designs, night of Visayan
dances, songs, and foods, and day tour of cultural sites.
The affair will not be a success without the unfailing support of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, Cebu
Provincial Governor Hilario Davide III, and Augustinian Provincial Prior Fr. Andy Rivera, OSA.
The conference adjourned with the resolve to continue enriching the trove of Filipino indigenous
knowledge embodied in vibrant archival materials for the preservation of Filipino heritage and
patrimony.