Ivan Anthony S. Henares

Field of Study / Research: PhD Hospitality & Tourism Management

Program: Fulbright - CHED Scholarship Program


Philippine Affiliation: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

U.S. Affiliation: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


From a very young age, Ivan Anthony Henares has been a staunch advocate for the preservation of Philippine heritage. He is Assistant Professor (on study leave) at the Asian Institute of Tourism of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and Vice President of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC).

He served as President of the Heritage Conservation Society from 2013 to 2016, Head of the NCCA National Committee on Monuments and Sites in 2017, and Trustee of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation from 2013 to 2017. In 2012, he was named one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the field of Heritage Conservation.

Ivan completed his elementary and secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Master of Business Administration and Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning degrees all at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

For over a decade, as a volunteer, he has been an active advocate of heritage conservation in the Philippines. He has created sustainable cultural tourism programs for indigenous communities in the Philippines, giving alternative and sustainable sources of livelihood for these neglected but culturally-significant stakeholders in tourism.

In 2001, he was named Most Outstanding Kapampangan for Youth Leadership in recognition of his leadership in raising cultural awareness in Pampanga. In 2005, he received the United Nations Association of the Philippines Outstanding Youth Leader Award. In 2006, he received The Outstanding Fernandino Award for Preservation of Heritage and Promotion of the Arts. In 2007, his blog was named Best Travel Blog at the 1st Philippine Blog Awards. In 2008, he was named a Philippines 21 Fellow by Asia Society, which selects ten promising young leaders every year to join the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit. In 2010, Spot.PH included him in their list of “10 City Heroes You Should Know” for his heritage conservation advocacy. In 2014, the UP Alumni Association named him one of the UPAA Distinguished Alumni for Culture and the Arts.

He has championed the cause of Philippine heritage, helping bring heritage conservation to the mainstream especially through social media, pushing for the enactment of national laws and local legislation for heritage, educating Filipinos on the importance of conservation, monitoring heritage conservation issues around the country and ensuring the protection of significant historical and cultural sites.