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Cultural diversity and unlocking the human potential


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The Executive Director of the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS) Prior to FILCOLS, Alvin worked as Executive Assistant at the Office of the Chairman of the National Book Development Board (NBDB), a national government agency under the administrative supervision of the Department of Education. At the NBDB, he was project manager, writer, researcher, moderator, and editor-in-chief of the agency’s publication BOOKWATCH. He was in government service for five years.

A product of the public schools, Alvin graduated Salutatorian from Doña Rosario Elementary School in Quezon City. He graduated Valedictorian from Claro M. Recto High School in Manila. He finished his Bachelor of Arts, major in Philosophy from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. He finished his Sacred Theology degree, Magna cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila. He also received two certificates of completion with high distinction for the non-formal courses he took from the University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Laguna. And while working at the NBDB, he took his Master in Public Management (candidate) from the Ateneo de Manila School of Government, Makati City.

Alvin loves to read especially books on history, enjoys computer strategy and simulation games, loves to drive his Nissan Exalta, loves to watch movies and TV science specials, loves to play the guitar and sing songs from sentimental to oldies to light rock to heavy metal.

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Cultural diversity and unlocking the human potential

  1. 1. Cultural diversity andunlocking the human potential Alvin J. Buenaventura Executive Director, FILCOLS Yogyakarta, Indonesia 28 September 2010
  2. 2. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY 2001culture ... as the set of distinctivespiritual, material, intellectual andemotional features of society or a socialgroup, and that it encompasses, inaddition to art and literature, lifestyles,ways of living together, value systems,traditions and beliefs
  3. 3. Cultural diversity: the commonheritage of humanity cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature
  4. 4. Human rights as guarantees ofcultural diversityThe defence of cultural diversity is anethical imperative, inseparable fromrespect for human dignity
  5. 5. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. -UDHR Art. 27,1
  6. 6. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTSEveryone has the right to theprotection of the moral and materialinterests resulting from any scientific,literary or artistic production of whichhe is the author -UDHR, Art. 27,2
  7. 7. Cultural heritage as the wellspringof creativityCreation draws on the roots ofcultural tradition, but flourishes incontact with other cultures
  8. 8. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round theOld Oak Tree”Written: Irwin Levine and L.Russell BrownProduced: Hank Medress andDave AppellArtist: Tony Orlando and Dawn
  9. 9. Thank you very much.Maraming salamat po.