(At the NCCA Office giving a lecture to officials and representatives of Metro Manila LGUs.)
“Let challenges come but never ever allow situations to limit you.”
That is his outlook in life. His nature is unassuming. He appears to be quiet and reserved. With his young looks, one will be surprised about his knowledge of centuries old traditions, customs, culture, arts, artifacts and every nook and corner of the Philippine heritage. Top them up with his expertise of the Heritage Law and related Constitutional provisions, statutes, and rules and regulations.
Brod Morris Marco S. Lim may seem like an ordinary “kid on the block.” But he is a whole package of good values, skills, youth and intelligence compacted into an Adonis-like physique. One must do their “homework” before engaging him into a debate on everything about the Filipino identity, psyche and sociology.
(Giving a lecture to the City Councilors of Dagupan City.)
Preserving and Promoting the Culture and the Arts of the Philippines
Brod Morris is presently a Legal Assistant at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), a government agency created by Republic Act 7356 which has the primary mandate of being the “overall policy making body”…“for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture…” NCCA operates under the wings of the Office of the President. Its forerunner is the Philippine Commission on Culture and Arts created under Executive Order No. 118 by then President Corazon Aquino.
As a Legal Assistant, brod Morris has the following functions and roles:
- Lecture on the Heritage Law
- Communicate with the National Government Agencies and Local Government Units (NGAs/LGUs) with regard to the implementation of Heritage Law
- Assist the NGAs and LGUs in establishing guidelines pertaining to the issuance of permit/s (building/development and other projects) and Ordinance/s for the establishment of a Heritage Zone
- Assist the Board of Commissioners under the direction of the Chairman on any pertinent matter;
- Assist the Heritage Office for the implementation of the NCCA Rules on Pleading and Practice in Heritage Cases
- Provide advice and assistance to the Secretariat to implement the information and dissemination of the Heritage Law
- Coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) as member of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC) and with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the security of the remaining cultural materials that may be recovered in Bohol and Cebu after the 2013 earthquake
(At the NCCA premises explaining a frame in the slideshow.)
He drafted the NCCA Rules on Pleading and Practices in Heritage Cases with Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles. He also has a hand in a book entitled, “National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 Annotated” which is to be published in 2015.
For more than three (3) years, he has been travelling to different localities and attending fora to lecture about the Heritage Law (RA 10066), the Filipino Identity, the distinctions between Language and Dialect, and the LGUs’ Role in maintaining a Heritage Zone.
He said that he was overwhelmed and thankful to the positive feedbacks he received from his audience. LGUs like the Provinces of La Union, Sorsogon, Pangasinan, Antipolo, and Bulacan were so inspired such as that they sought the NCCA’s assistance for the conservation of their respective Built Heritage and for the revival of their Intangible Cultural Heritage or Traditions.
(La Union Provincial Governor Manuel Ortega shakes hands after handing a token of appreciation.)
Other Public Engagements
Aside from sharing his knowledge and expertise to LGUs, he also speaks about the Heritage Law before national government offices like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), DENR-Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Office (DENR-FASPO), DENR – Parks and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB), and Department of Agriculture.
He was also invited as the Guest Speaker of DENR-PAWB for a seminar called “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS)”. In addition, he attended a meeting of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) to assist it in drafting the “Guidelines in Establishing Zoning Ordinance”. Furthermore, he was invited as an observer during a public hearing organized by the City Council of Manila regarding the Heritage Zone of Sta. Ana, Manila.
(In Malolos, Bulacan with the audience consisting of Bulacan State University Professors, Bulacan local historians and provincial officials.)
During his undergraduate studies, he is a News Writer of The Advocate, the official student campus organ of the Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila. His life story and insights also saw print in the book, “Career Life Choices” by Eva Echin-Turner, an Australian-based Filipino, and published by the Central Bookstore. His piece as an alumnus, “FEU: Where My Heart Belongs” is posted on FEU’s website since June 2014.
Awards, Hobby, Advocacy
Brod Morris has never rested on his laurels since his high school days. In those years, he received the Best in History Award, twice a Runner-Up in Histo-Quiz and a Runner-Up in an Interschool Sports competition. His hobby of playing chess paid off when he won as the Champion of the 2012 NCCA Chess Tournament.
His main advocacy is to propagate and popularize the nation’s cultural identity.
(With lovely wife and handsome son.)
He was born under the star sign, Virgo on the 14th day of September, 1983. He completed his AB Political Science from FEU Manila. He was 8 units short in completing his degree in BS Architecture also in FEU. He started his Bachelor of Laws degree at the FEU Institute of Law but graduated at Adamson University, Manila.
He belongs to Batch Tres Cepas of the Tau Kappa Phi Law Fraternity and has been an active member thereof.
He is happily married to May F. Lim with whom he has a son named, Marc Winchester.
Thoughts and Insights
Brod Morris is a person who hates the thought of giving up. He will continue to work hard and write to inspire our “kababayans” especially the young generations to embrace the culture and the ideologies that we inherited from our forefathers who once fought for our freedom.
He said, “As to the Question: Kultura – Nakakain ba yan? My answer will always be in the affirmative because everything we do and see is CULTURE. Planting and farming and even the way we eat rice are CULTURE (that is why it is called agri-CULTURE).”
(An interview by PTV Ilocos after a meeting with Ilocos Sur Provincial Governor Ryan Singson.)
“Elementary and high school teachers used to explain the importance of culture. “Sibika at Kultura” is a subject that aims to teach younger generations the values and ideals exemplified by the Filipino martyrs and heroes. Such subject is also designed to enhance the sense of nationhood by taking pride in their heritage and foster an awareness of the oral, political, economic and social problems of contemporary Filipino society.”
“But what is Culture (Pamana)? Is there a precise definition of Culture?”
“Scholars defined Culture as the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving (http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/choudhury/culture.html)”
(With PNP Deputy Director General Ricardo Marquez during the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee meeting. Atty. Trixie Angeles and brod Morris represented the NCCA.)
“UNESCO explained Cultural Heritage as traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.”
“The above definitions may be correct and consistent but verbose. Actually there is no exact definition of Culture but based on my own perspective it is everything that is learned and taught.”
“It is very important to recognize, promote, protect and conserve our Cultural Heritage because without a heritage to claim, we are rootless. Cultural Heritage defines and represents our identity as Filipinos.”
“I strongly encourage our ‘Kababayans’ to explore the uniqueness of our identity.”