Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 12


This session aims to educate the public about the history of Luneta’s development through its origins as Extramuros, to Bagumbayan, the execution of our nation’s heroes, the final resting place of Jose Rizal, Daniel Burnham’s New Government Center as part of the Burnham Plan, its current state as our National Park and future projects that will further enhance tourism and preserve this national treasure as of one our nation’s most iconic public parks.

  • Guest speaker: Jezreel Apelar and Cecile Romero
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speakers

Cecile Romero

Cecille Romero is currently the Executive Director of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC). She is versatile, reliable and efficient with 10+ years combined academic, private and urban planning experience in high paced environments. Director Romero’s diversified skills include project management, office organization, client relations, real estate development, administrative support, and mentoring.

Jezreel Apelar

Jezreel Apelar is an urban planner, serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Parks Development Committee. He was previously the National Council Coordinator for Urban Land Institute Philippines, managing sustainability and resiliency projects including the BGC Greenway Park, Liveable Cities Competition and Building Healthy Places Initiative. He also served as a consultant at the Asian Development Bank for the development of the Ortigas Greenways. He holds a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Management and Planning and received a certificate in Advanced Spanish Language from the Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain. 

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
Making History and Heritage Matter: How the Past Defines the Future
See Next ILS Episode
19th Century Spanish Manila in Times of Epidemics

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