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PIA Press Release
2009/10/26

Celebration of World Day for AV Heritage on October 27 focuses on saving fading heritage

Tacloban City (October 26) -- UNESCO declared October 27 as the World Day for Audio Visual Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of Audio Visual documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them.

Every year, activities are organized by different institutions worldwide around a theme to drum up interest in the event. This year, the Coordinating Council for AV Archives Associations has adopted as theme "Fading Heritage: We Can Save It."

AV documents, which are characteristic of the 20th and 21st centuries, have immense and far-reaching influences in the everyday lives of people around the world. Yet, due to their fragility, much have been lost and continue to be lost.

Documentary heritage reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures. It is the mirror of the world and its memory. But this memory is fragile. Every day, irreplaceable parts of this memory disappear for ever.

UNESCO has launched the Memory of the World Programme to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination.

The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage which has been identified by the International Advisory Committee in its meetings in Tashkent (September 1997), in Vienna (June 1999), in Cheongju City (June 2001), in Gdansk (August 2003), in Lijiang (June 2005), and in Pretoria (June 2007) and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding to the selection criteria for world significance.

Included in the Registered Heritage is Radio Broadcast of the Philippine People Power Revolution, a documentary heritage by Philippines and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2003.

The collection of sound recordings of 44 audiocassette tapes and 1 mini-disc document the actual, unedited day-to-day radio broadcast of Radio Veritas, (a Catholic -owned radio station at the outskirts of Manila), DZRJ/DZRB, Radio Bandido, (a privately-owned radio station in Quezon City then under the Ministry of National Defense), DZRH (a privately-owned radio station in Manila) and Voice of the Philippines, a government-owned radio station taken over by the people led by Radio Veritas on the 24th of February, 1986.

The People Power Revolution was a unique political event of the 20th century which stirred the world: the peaceful overthrow of an entrenched dictatorship through a spontaneous popular uprising, documented and influenced by the 20th century medium of radio.

The unbroken radio record over four days in 1986 is an unvarnished chronicle of a nation and its people at a crucial time in its history. The world listened, watched and read. The event will forever be a reference point for the peaceful resolution of deep national crises. (PIA 8) [top]

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