Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 11


The Philippine post-colonial ideology saw the emergence of cultural growth as an integral part of national development. Culture, history, and heritage play a fundamental role in shaping the meaning of being a Filipino. This talk will discuss the policy history that fundamentally shaped the practice of built heritage conservation in the Philippines—set it in its cultural and political context. Policies and frameworks may seem to be one of the many subjects that constitute the heritage conservation discipline, but it holds lasting implications and plays a crucial role in shaping our future in general, and the future of our past—our heritage.

  • Guest speaker: Claudia Montero
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Claudia Montero

Claudia Isabelle Violeta Montero has a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas and a Master in Philosophy from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is at present an incoming PhD student at the Department of History at the later university.

Her main academic interests are in history and historiography of colonial urban spaces (in the Philippines), built heritage, and heritage conservation practice. She is additionally interested in the articulation of the national politics of memory and identity.

In 2018 she was a Junior Fellow for the Global Humanities Campus at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. An active member of the International Committee for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), she has been involved in several heritage activities in the Philippines.

About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational webinar series of the Intramuros Administration (IA). The IA is an attached national government agency under the Department of Tourism. 

Topics are interdisciplinary and cover themes related to Intramuros and Manila studies, Philippine studies, as well as cultural heritage studies. Pursuant to IA’s charter, the ILS aims to contribute to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.

See Previous ILS Episode
Branding and Design for Heritage and Cultural Institutions
See Next ILS Episode
A Visit to Luneta’s Colorful Past, Current State and Future Developments

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